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 Devonshire. This publication contains 164 printed pages, of which 100 are a directory of Devonshire.
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.
Once a part of a much larger book. The Devon section was purchased from a book dealer unbound, and we finally managed to piece together all of the county sections to have the book rebound.
This CD contains the Devon 1844 directory, and comes complete with a high quality zoomable map.
A set of newspapers for Torquay, but with a difference. Not only are there advertisements, letters and local news articles, even weather reports day by day, but also an invaluable local listing of residents, house by house, and street by street. The directory listing appears in many issues, and is updated in each one.
The newspapers cover the period November 1845 to December 1846 (almost 30 issues).
Typically comprehensive of the White's directories. Excellent history of the county and each town, with lots of detail about each place to add to your family history. Very comprehensive listing of all people with trades, from chimney sweeps to farmers, dress makers to doctors, etc.
Of the early directories, the White's are the best!
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
A typically comprehensive White's directory which contains a huge amount of historical and topographical information about the county and all of its towns, villages and hamlets.
When you find an ancestor in the directory you are then able to build a picture of the place where they lived, where their children went to school and the family to church, plus much more besides. All of this is crucial if you wish to understand how your ancestors actually lived.
From the preface
"Deacon's Court Guide, Gazetteer and County Blue Book: a fashionable register and general survey of Devonshire embracing the whole of the towns in the Eastern Division of the county,
From the Northern Division, Appledore, Bampton, Barnstaple, Bideford, Chumleigh, Crediton, Great Torrington, Ilfracombe, South Molton and Tiverton.
In the Southern Division, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth, Okehampton, Tavistock and Totnes.
Including, Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport, Torquay and the city of Exeter."
Listing people by area and by office this book contains the names of the professional and noble classes. Included are lists of royal family and their household, the ministry, Privy Council, House of Peers, County Families, County Justices, Beneficed Clergy, Legal and Medical profession, town councillors and others.
Like a trades directory, it usually gives the persons full address details too.
By the early 1900s we start to see private residents included in the Kelly's directories in addition to the classified Trade Directory listings and descriptions and facilities in each town and village. This is a particularly important and useful reference book for those with Devon ancestors.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Family Record Centre (The PRO) in London.
A very large book which contains details about the history and institutions of each place in the county. Plymouth has it's own street by street, almost house by house, directory of the heads of households.
Regardless of whether or not your ancestor's name appears in the directory it is fascinating to read about the things that would have mattered to them. Their chuches, schools, hospitals, where and who they would have bought things from. Real Family History.
An excellent full county directory of Devon, with the survey having been taken just before the first world war.
A very large and comprehensive county directory with detailed descriptions of every town, village and hamlet. It includes directories of private residents and trades people in each place. Plymouth and Exeter also have excellent street by street directories with the names and addresses of heads of households.
Also included is a county wide directory of private residents, a classified trades directory and a detailed county map.
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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