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."
An early county directory of the larger market towns and villages.
By the late 1830s, the Pigot's directories were becoming more detailed. This one is particularly useful as it was published just before the first census of 1841, and is an invaluable aid to tracking down those elusive ancestors as well as giving detailed information about the towns and villages in the county.
Once part of a larger volume "The Six Home Counties Post Office Directory". This is one of the earliest directories published by Kelly's, and comes with a very detailed map of the county. The book lists all towns and villages (in alphabetical order), with their residents who have trades.
See also CD ref 0354 "Six Home Counties 1851 Post Office Court & Trade Directory"
The ideal companion to the 1851 Post Office Directory for the County.
This one contains the Court Directory (private residents, although the well-off ones who were able to pay to get an entry) and the Classified Trades Directory - combined for the counties of Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex, Kent and Hertfordshire.
A typical early Kelly's county directory. The book lists all towns and villages (in alphabetical order), with their residents who have trades.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
Each place in the county is described in great detail with details of schools, churches, hospitals and other public institutions which your ancestors will have used.
Every town, village and hamlet has a directory of private residents and their addresses plus the names of those with trades. A separate alphabetical, county wide court directory of private residents is included, as well as a classified trades directory and a superb county map.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the London Borough of Barnet Archives..
This directory follows the same format as the 1882 described above but does not include a map.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the London Borough of Barnet Archives.
It is extremley interesting to compare individual places in different directories and see how towns and villages in the county developed and how the populations grew rapidly over the years.
Very similar in layout to the 1882-1890 directories and including a superb county map.
By this time Kelly's directories were becoming much more comprehensive, with the names and addresses of more and more people as the years go by.
The layout is very much the same as previous directories but the content is much more comprehensive. This directory also includes a fabulously detailed county map.
Once again this is similar in layout to the previous directories but is more comprehensive.
An excellent and very comprehensive directory which follows the tried and tested format of the previous books.
Used in conjunction with the 1933 directory below it is extremely interesting to study the effects on trade of The Great Depression of 1929.
By the 1930's the Kelly's Directories were bigger, better and far more comprehensive than ever before and this is no exception with literally thousands of people listed, both private residents and those with trades.
Incredibly detailed and very comprehensive, a typical late 1930's directory with the names and addresses of thousands of private residents and those with trades.
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