First published in 1830 and republished here as a fully-searchable DOWNLOAD is Pigot & Co.'s National Commercial Directory. Renowned as one of the earliest and most complete directories and gazetteers, this publication contains the entries for the cities, towns, and principal villages in Berkshire. This publication contains 106 printed pages, of which 42 are a directory of Berkshire.
Advertised as a Commercial Directory, Pigot's National Commercial Directory provides the names, addresses and occupations of the merchants, bankers, professional gentlemen, manufacturers and traders for the principal towns, cities and villages on which it treats. The National Commercial Directory also acts as a gazetteer and topographical dictionary and for may readers this is the most useful aspect of a National Commercial Directory such as Pigot's.
Starting with a brief historical and topographical sketch of the county, Pigot's Directory then presents in alphabetical order the county Directory, which forms the vast bulk of this publication. Following the topographical description the National Commercial Directory provides details of Post Office and the names of nobility, gentry and clergy. This is followed of the trades section, consisting of Academies and schools, attorneys, bakers, blacksmiths, boot and shoemakers, bricklayers, butchers, coopers, corn dealers, dress makers and a dozen or more trades and professions. This is the minimum amount of detail one can expect in the National Commercial Directory while administrative capitals can expect at least a dozen pages.
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Detailed directories of the major towns and villages with the names, address and occupations of their inhabitants. A fantastic resource, especially for those looking for leads in the 1841 census.
Two Berkshire directories on one CD, both of which are a fascinating insight into the towns and villages of the time. Excellent short descriptions of each place and their facilities, plus lists of all people with trades, from the chimney sweeps to the doctors, bakers, dress makers, etc. Includes the original 1842 Pigot's map of the county.
The Post Office Directories were the fore-runners of (and published by) Kelly & Co. Directories.
This excellent county directory comes with its original 1847 map of the county, that you can zoom in and in to the finest detail.
Bedfordshire Buckinghamshire Huntingdonshire Berkshire Northamptonshire Oxfordshire
A special combined edition of all of the above six county Post Office Directories (they are available separately at 12.63 each).
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value
The directory lists people with their name, address and trade. It also gives interesting information about every village and town in the county. It's easy to locate your ancestors using this directory if they lived in Berkshire in 1876.
Republished here is Kelly's Directory of Berkshire, which was published in 1899. Containing some 410 printed pages, Kelly's Directory, as the then editor, A. Lindsay Kelly correctly noted, was primarily a directory, but also served as the gazetteer for every county for which Kelly's Directory was published, and this Berkshire edition is no exception.
This directory includes every parish in the county and provides a thorough topographical description of every town, parish, village and township, describing the principal buildings and geographical objects of interest in each. Great care is also taken in Kelly's treatment of the ecclesiastical divisions of the county with descriptions of all the churches, cathedrals the value of the livings, parochial incumbents and patrons. The same level of detail is provided for the civil and local administration of the county with full information on county courts, districts fairs, markets, county hunts as well as communications such as rail and post throughout the county.
Beginning with Abingdon and ending with Yattendon, for those who might be unfamiliar with a directory such as Kelly's the degree of information contained on each village can be gleaned from the description of just one of the places entered in the Towns and Villages section of the directory.
Shinfield is described as a village and parish 3¼ miles from Reading. Situated in the Southern Division of the County and partly in the Hundred of Theale and partly in that of Charlton, Union of Wokingham, rural deanery of Reading, archdeaconry of Berkshire and Diocese of Oxford. The Rover Loddon passes to the south-east of the village and the parish Church dedicated to St. Mary was described as an ancient structure built in the Old English style. Built of fling, the church consisted of a chancel, nave, porch and embattled tower containing several bells. The seats and pulpit were made of oak and the church had been completely restored in 1857. The parish registers dated from 1649. The parish also contained Methodist and Congregationalist Chapels. The Lord of the Manor was Alexander Cobham of Shinfield Grange. The chief crops of the parish were wheat, oats and barley and the soil was principally gravel and clay. The parish consisted of 4,290 acres with a population of 1,493 at the time of the enumeration of the 1891 Census. The entry for Shinfield also includes by a list of amenities in the parish, such as post offices and charitable and endowed schools mainly situated in the principal village of Three Mile Cross. There is also a list of the principal private residents and commercial interests in the parish.
While Shinfield was a relatively small hamlet within the county of Berkshire as a whole, the level of detail recorded here is typical throughout the directory. The degree of information for the principal and county towns, such as Reading, is considerably greater and includes street directories as well as lists of private residents and commercial interests.
This edition of Kelly's Directory of Berkshire is prefaced by a topographical and geological description of the county and is concluded with an extensive alphabetical list of the county's chief residents and commercial interests, which could be found across the length and breadth of the county in 1899.
For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the county of Berkshire this fully-searchable 1899 edition of Kelly's Directory of Berkshire is heartily recommended.
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A thorough description of the local history and facilities in each place, plus directories of private residents and traders.
The major town of Reading also has a superb street by street directory which names heads of households and shows their occupations
A typical late directory, descriptions of every place and it's facilities plus comprehensive listings of residents with trades.
Five huge volumes comprising the earliest directory for Great Britain, and one which is probably the most important directory for genealogists and historians that we have released on CD. For towns and villages the descriptions of the places are excellent, with details of their facilities, etc, and includes those residents with trades (even those such as farmers, hay-binders, labourers, bakers, shop keepers, etc.) and their addresses.
Although titled "Great Britain", this directory covers places in England and Wales. Volume 1 of the five is devoted to London, volumes 2 to 4 cover the places in the England and Wales in alphabetical order, and vol. 5 contains a number of the subsequent amendments and additions published in the next few years.
"The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture, comprehending Lists of the Inhabitants of London, Westminster, and Borough of Southwark; and of all the Cities, Towns, and principal Villages, in England and Wales; with the Mails, and other Coaches, stage-wagons, Hoys, Packets, and Trading Vessels. To which is added, a genuine Account of the Drawbacks and Duties chargeable at the Custom-House on all Goods and Mechandize, imported, exported, or carried coastwise, with a particular of the Public Offices of every denomination; His Majesty's Court, and Ministers of State; The Peers of the Realm, and Parliament of Great Britain; The Court of Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Aldermen, and Common-Council, of London; together with an Historical Detail of the Antiquities, Curiosities, Trade, Polity, and Manufacturers, of each City, Town, and Village. The whole comprising a Fund of useful and important Information, equally interesting to the Nobleman, the Gentleman, and Man of Business."
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