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The London Directory of 1677 is the oldest printed list of the Merchants & Bankers of London. Re-printed in 1878, and arranged alphabetically by surname.
A charming description of the contents appears before the preface;
"A collection of the names of the merchants living in and about the City of London; Very useful and necessary. Carefully collected for the benefit of all Dealers that shall have occasion with any of them; Directing them to at the first sight of their name, to the place of their abode."
Also contains a separate list of all of London's Goldsmiths in 1677.
A book first published just a few years after the Great Fire of 1666. An absolute gem for historians and family history researchers.
Released on CD July 2005 - Fully searchable using Acrobat Reader.
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."
A fascinating source of information from the 1600s in London. Tradesmen, taverns and coffee houses had their own tokens (a currency), and they are described and listed in this excellent book published in 1855.
What makes this an important resource for genealogists and historians is that it is one of the very few reference sources to people with trades in London in the seventeenth century. Effectively a trades directory of the 1600s.
Two books bound into one.
"The Post Office London Directory for 1819": (444 pages) Being a list of more than 18,000 merchants, traders, &c. of London and parts adjacent. List of the Lord Mayor and Court of the Aldermen, bankers in London, 700 country bankers, public notiaries, London & country newspapers, Army & Navy Agents, East India Dock Companies, foreign ministers, etc. Plus a separate section of general information relating to the Post Office, including rates of postage, etc. By Critchett & Woods.
The huge list of traders is in alphabetical order by name.
"A New Guide to Stage-Coaches, Waggons, Carts, Vessels, &c." (162 pages) Being a list of all the Inns in London where stage coaches and waggons pick up and set out from, with their respective days and hours: Also the names of the carriers, the places they go to, and the inns they go from. Likewise a list of coasting vessels, barges and boats, with the wharfs, keys, &c. at which they lie for the reception of goods and passengers. Also rates of cartage, hackney coaches, & porterage; and a correct list of all of the mail coaches, with their respective routes. The seventeenth edition, by Critchett & Woods.
The first of the Pigot's directories of London. An extremely rare book.
A historical and descriptive account of London, Post Office rates, collection times, etc. Official Directory.
A huge classified Trades Directory, plus an alphabetical listing of traders, cross referenced to the Trade Directory.
Separate directories of attorneys, consuls, physicians, surgeons, taverns, hotels, inns and coffee houses. An alphabetical list of streets, lanes and passages with a reference to their situation. Coach & Carriers list. An account of coasting vessels, wharfs, quays, etc., and a list of all of the bankers in the United Kingdom. London and provincial newspapers.
A really excellent early directory covering the whole of London and including the adjacent areas of Middlesex, Surrey, Essex and Kent.
We have had this book handsomely rebound in half leather, with marbled boards, and real gold leaf lettering and lining. A far cry from the original and pityful unbound collection of pages when it first came here from a book dealer. The original volume of this book, when first published, also countained the directories of six other major manufacturing towns, plus a directory for the Isle of Man. We managed to find all of the original pieces from different book dealers!
One of the most interesting directories, and a really beautiful and valuable book.
The Royal Blue Book is in two parts: a complete street by street listing (with house numbers) for central London in 1833, together with a complete alphabetical listing of all heads of household, their occupation where applicable, and address. It also includes Institutions, Societies, Public Offices, Hotels, Coffee-Houses and Taverns, Army and Navy Agents, and Bankers, followed by a section containing advertisements.
An 1831 street map of London has also been included on the CD. (The original book never did have a map, but this one is taken from the 1831 Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England).
Portman Square Division: extends from Oxford Street to the New Road, and from Connaught Square to High Street, Marylebone.
Regent's Park Division: extends from St. John's Wood to Albany Street, and includes all North of the New Road.
Cavendish Square Division: extends from Oxford Street to the New Road, and from High Street, Marylebone to Tottenham Court Road.
Grosvenor Square Division: extends from Oxford Street to Picadilly, and from Park Lane to Bond Street.
Hanover Square Division: extends from Oxford Street East of Bond Street, to Pall Mall and Carlton Terrace.
Russell Square Division: extends from Tottenham Court Road to Ely Place, North of Holborn.
Lincolns-Inn Fields Division: extends from Holborn to the Thames, and from Bridge Street, Blackfriars to Charing Cross.
Westminster Division: extends from Charing Cross to James Street, Buckingham Gate.
Grosvenor Place Division: extends westward to Belgrave Square, Cadogan Place, Brompton, and Kensington.
The Inns of Court.
A very comprehensive early Pigot's Directory.
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.
Official directory, Commercial directory (people with trades), Court directory (private residents and their addresses, in alphabetical order, but not all), Parliamentary directory, Postage directory, Banking directory, Churches and Chapels directory, Schools, etc.
Over 1600 pages.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Barnet Archives Office.
With over 1000 pages this is an extremely comprehensive directory of the fashionable and well off inhabitants of London.
The first part is a street by street directory of private residents with, in some cases, details of their rank or profession. The second part is an alphabetical list of those people in the street directory which acts as a fabulous index.
The final section contains details of academies, ambassadors, ministers and offices in the City, banks and financial institutions plus many advertisments.
Kindly loaned to the Project by The Barnet Archives
Covers central London, and large parts of Middlesex, Surrey, Kent and Essex.
One of the very rare and sought-after earlier directories. The Post Office Directories were the fore-runners (and published by) Kelly's, and set a standard for the new type of county directory.
The contents include: The Official directory, 80 pages of the names of persons holding situations under The Crown.
The Commercial and Professional directory, over 500 pages of peolple's names, trades and addresses.
The Court directory, 80 pages of private individuals names and addresses.
The Parliamentary directory, 29 pages of details of the House of Peers and when those peerages were created, the Members of the House of Commons and the surnames of the Peers and Peeresses of the Realm and their eldest sons.
The Postal directory, 72 pages of details of details of the postal system for the whole of Britain.
The City directory, 2 pages of the names of the Lord Mayoy, Aldermen, Sherrifs and City Officers.
The Banking Directory, 43 pages of details of the banks and instituions
The Assurance directory, over 50 pages of details of Assurance Companies, their trustees, directors and auditors
A very large book with over 1000 pages. This directory, unlike the 1848 Post Office directory, includes a full street by street directory of people in the London area in 1851, plus the commercial directory. However, the real beauty of this absolutely invaluable genealogical resource is this: Find your ancestor's address on the CD and you have a starting point for searching the census records. That's right, it's a virtually complete London index for the 1851 census.
The contents are:
Principal hotels and commercial inns for places throughout England and Wales, along with the names of the occupiers and the population total for the town in 1841 taken from the census records from that year. This in itself is a very unusual thing to find in any city or county specific directory.
The Official directory, 59 pages, an alphabetical list of persons holding situations under The Crown in The East India House, Bank of England and the various law, city and other public offices.
Index to Street directory and money order office, 15 pages, an alphabetical list of the streets in the directory. There is no actual index of places or indication of the area covered. We have, however, gone through the Street Index and extracted the place names mentioned in the directory. They are as follows:
Aldgate, Battersea, Bayswater, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Bishopsgate, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, Bow, Camberwell, Camden Town, Cheapside, Chelsea, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Covent Garden, Deptford, Finsbury, Hackney, High Holburn, Houndsditch,Hoxton, Islington, Kennington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kings Cross, Knightsbridge, Lambeth, Lime House, Long Acre, Ludgate Hill, Marylebone, Mile End, Notting Hill, Paddington, Pentonville, Piccadilly, Pimlico, Poplar, Portland Town, Regents Park, Rotherhithe, Sadler's Wells, Shadwell, Shoreditch, Snow Hill, Soho, Southwark, Spitalfields, St Giles, St James, St Lukes, Stepney, Stratford, Vauxhall, Walworth, Wapping, West Kensington, Westminster, Whitechapel.
The Street Directory, 477 pages, street by street listings of traders' and householders' names. Even the street intersections and the positions of the churches are noted. This part of the directory is the real *peach* and will be of immense help to genealogists researching the 1851 census.
The Commercial and Professional directory, 506 pages, an alphabetical list of peoples' names, their professions or trades and their addresses.
All in all this CD is set to become an essential reference point for those people researching their London roots
This book was kindly loaned to The Project by The Family Records Centre (the PRO) in London
This massive 2650 page book is probably the most comprehensive London directory we have ever seen. It includes (and you really must read *all* of this!):
Provincial inns for places throughout England and Wales, along with the names of the occupiers and the population total for the town in 1851 taken from the census records from that year. (20 pages)
The Official directory, 84 pages, an alphabetical list of persons holding situations under The Crown in The East India House, Bank of England and the various law, city and other public offices. Index to Street directory and money order office, 25 pages, an alphabetical list of the streets in the directory. There is no index of areas of London, however we have been through the street index and the following areas are mentioned:
Battersea, Bayswater, Bishopsgate, Blackfriars, Bow, Brixton, Bromley, Brompton, Camberwell, Camden Town, Cheapside, Chelsea, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Covent Garden, Cripplegate, Dalston, Deptford, Finsbury, Hackney, Haymarket, Holloway, Homerton, Hoxton, Islington, Kennington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Lambeth, Limehouse, Marylebone, Mayfair, Mile End, Mile End new town, Newington butts, North Brixton, Notting Hill, Paddington, Pentonville, Pimlico, Poplar, Portland Town, Regents Park, Rotherhithe, Shadwell, Shoreditch, Snowhill, Soho, St George's East, St Giles, St James's, St John's Wood, St Luke's, Stepney, Stockwell, Stratford, Vauxhall, Walworth, Wapping, Westminster, Whitechapel.
Street Directory, at 698 pages this takes up over a quarter of the entire book, street by street lists of people with details of road intersections, positions of churches and schools etc.
The Commercial and Professional directory, 687 pages, an alphabetical list of peoples' names, their professions or trades and their addresses.
Trades directory, 523 pages, this is an alphabetical arrangement of occupations and the names of the people who did them. It starts with Academies (see schools), Accordion Makers, Account Book Manfrs, Accountants etc.
Law Directory, 101 pages of lists of judges, Queens Counsels, barristers, attorneys and solicitors plus details of courts of law, police and inns of court. Court directory, 88 pages, an alphabetical list of private individuals and their addresses.
Parliamentary directory, 37 pages, list of Members of both Parliaments. The Members of the House of Commons have their address in their home constituency shown and the Peers in the House of Lords have their eldest son's name listed!
Postal Directory, 37 pages, this details the postal system from London to *everywhere*. For example if one of your ancestors wanted to post a letter to the Falkland Islands.... "Letters are despatched by the Brazil Mail Packet on the morning of the 9th of each month; postage, prepaid, 1s, not exceeding half an ounce, and so on, or if so addressed, by private ship at every opportunity, 8d, not exceeding half an ounce".
City Directory, 120 pages. The Lord Mayor, aldermen, sheriffs, city officers etc. A list of the members of the Common Council, list of brokers, lists of *all* of the Churches of *all* denominations, even the Swiss Protestant Church and even a separate list of every single clergyman of every faith you could imagine!
A list of the Metropolitan Poor Law districts is also included. There are also Banking and Assurance directories plus an advertisements section
This book was kindly loaned to us by The Public Record Office in London as part of our ongoing collaboration with them to digitise ALL of their directories
Contains a street by street directory of the more fashionable parts of central London and an excellent alphabetical list of the people who lived there.
With well over 1000 pages this is an extremely comprehensive directory and the date of 1860 is an important one as it might provide an address to help you with searches in the 1861 census.
With over 900 pages this is an extremely comprehensive directory of the fashionable and well off inhabitants of London.
A Church calendar and general almanack for 1890 containing a variety of information for clergy and laity under the sanction of the Bishop of London.
Contents include an alphabetical list of parishes, chapelries and ecclesiastical districts plus a directory of every member of the clergy in every parish in the Diocese of London, covering the County of London north of the Thames and the County of Middlesex with their address. This book will be invaluable to those researching ancestors who were members of the clergy in London. Not only contains the names & addresses of over 1000 clergy, but also the names and addresses of over 6000 laymen, all on the eve of the 1891 census.
This massive directory, with over 3,500 pages! is a list of most heads of households and traders in London excepting those areas covered in the Suburban Directories. Alongside the Commercial and Trades directories is a huge street by street list of private residents, which is an incredibly useful tool for genealogists.
This particular directory, following so closely as it does after the 1901 census, is going to prove especially useful in locating families in the census. Simply find the families in the alphabetical listing, and you will not only see their occupations but the full address too. Look in the street directory (that lists every house and its occupier) and you will immediately have a mental picture of what the street was like. It shows every house, road intersections, schools, churches, pubs and corner shops, and even where the post boxes are in the street.
Do bear in mind when using this excellent resource, that you can get sneaky with those elusive ancestors. Look at every address where you know that a member of the family lived. Look for all others with the same family name. You may often find that the head of a household is the wife's father. All sorts of interesting possibilities open up. You find a family at this address in 1902 - so look in the new 1901 census *and* older censuses to see who lived at the same house! Chances are, that this approach will solve lots of problems in your research. Trying to locate families in the 1891, 1871 etc. censuses is a cinch with this approach.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Family Records Centre, Myddleton Street, London, as part of our co-operative project to digitise all of their directories.
A fabulous and *incredibly* rare directory. Most larger suburbs contain a street by street directory which lists virtually every head of household by name, along with their trade. There are even people listed with an occupation such as 'clerk', 'householder' or 'jobbing gardener' so these are ordinary people in their homes, not just tradesmen at their place of work. Smaller suburbs have no street directory but instead include a list of private residents, which often runs to several pages, plus a Commercial Directory of tradesmen.
Also included is an Alphabetical Directory which lists people and their addresses, plus a separate Court Directory which also contains names and addresses. You have to get sneaky here and look for your ancestors in both the Alphabetical *and* Court sections as they will usually be in one or the other but very rarely both! The final section is a classified Trades Directory which lists types of occupation, who performed those trades and where.
The area covered is quite easy to determine as the dividing line between the Northern and Southern Suburbs is a natural one which has changed very little over the years...... the river Thames. To help determine the exact areas covered see the lists below. We have divided them into two sections, places with a street by street directory or places with a list of private residents.
Acton, Barking, High or Chipping Barnet, New Barnet with East Barnet, Bedford Park, Bowes Park, New and Old Brentford, Brondsbury, Canning Town, Chiswick & Turnham Green, Lower Clapton, Upper Clapton, Cricklewood, Crouch End, Crouch Hill, Ealing, Edmonton (Upper & Lower), Enfield, Finchley, Finsbury Park, Forest Gate, Fulham, Hackney Wick, East Ham, West Ham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Hanwell, Harlesden, Harringay, Harrow, Highgate, Highgate Road, Holloway, Homerton, Hornsey, Hornsey Rise, Hounslow, Ilford, Isleworth, Kensal Green, Kensal New Town, Kilburn, Leyton, Leytonstone, Loughton, Manor Park, Muswell Hill, Plaistow, Queens Park, St Margaret's, Shacklewell, Shepherd's Bush, Snaresbrook, New Southgate, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Stonebridge, Strand on the Green, Stratford, Stroud Green, Teddington, Tollingham Park, Tottenham, South Tottenham, Twickenham, Upton & Upton Park, Walthamstow, Wanstead, Wealdstone, Willesden, Wood Green.
Private Residents and Commercial Directories
Aldborough Hatch, Alperton, Arkley, Barking Side, Becontree Heath, Bounds Green, Buckhurst Hill, Chadwell Heath, Chadwell Street, Chigwell, Chigwell Row, Childs Hill,Chingford, Dagenham, Edgware with Little Stanmore, Fortis Green, Friern Barnet, Golders Green, Greenford, Greenford Green, Hadley, Hampton, Hampton Court, Hampton Hill or New Hampton, Hampton Wick, Harrow Weald, Hendon, Heston, High Beech, The Hyde, Norh Hyde, Kenton, Kingsbury, Lampton, Mill Hill, Neasden, Northolt, Norwood, Oakleigh Park, Palmers Green, Perivale, Ponders End, Potters Bar, Rippleside, Sewardstone, Silvertown, Southall & Southall Green, Southgate & Palmers Green, Spring Grove, Great Stanmore, Sudbury, Sunbury, Totteridge, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Wembley RSO, Whetstone, Whitton, Woodford, Woodford Bridge, Woodford Green, Woodford Wells, North Woolwich.
This book was kindly loaned to Archive CD Books by The Public Record Office in London. Both the Northern and Southern Suburban Directories were in quite poor condition with the bindings coming away so funds from the sales of the CD's will be used to pay for them both to be rebound.
See the description of the Northern Suburbs above. The following is a list of places covered:
Anerley, Balham, Barnes, Battersea, Beckenham, Blackheath, Brixton, Brockley, Bromley, Camberwell, Catford, Clapham, Croydon, Deptford New Town, East Dulwich, West Dulwich, Eltham, Forest Hill, Greenwich, Herne Hill, Kew, Kingston on Thames, South Lambeth, Lee, Lewisham, New Cross, Norwood, South Norwood, West Norwood, Peckham, Penge, Plumstead, Putney, Richmond, Stockwell, Streatham, Surbiton, Sutton, Sydenham, Tooting Graveney, Upper Tooting, Tulse Hill, Wandsworth, New Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Woodside, Woolwich.
Abbey Wood, Addington, Beddington, Beddington Corner, Belvedere, Bexley, Bexley Heath, Carshalton, New Charlton, Old Charlton, Cheam, Chislehurst, Foot Cray, North Cray, St Mary Cray, St Pauls Cray, Crayford, Dulwich, Erith, Keston, Malden, New Malden, Merton, Mitcham, Morden, Mortlake, Mottingham, Northumberland Heath, Petersham, Roehampton, St John's, Sanderstead, East Sheen (with St Leonard's, Shirley, Shooter's Hill, Shortlands, Sidcup, Southend, Summers Town, Wallington, Welling, East Wickham, West Wickham, Worcester Park S. O.
An enormous book with over 1400 pages which contain alphabetical and classified lists of people and their trades and businesses.
Every imaginable occupation is included, from stockbrokers to dog biscuit makers!
This is the 135th edition of The London Post Office Directory and is very special as it was the first to combine the Central London and the Suburban Districts into one book, thereby creating a single source for the whole of London.
A massive book with 3,770 pages including a street by street directory, a list of private residents, commercial tradespeople and a classified trades directory.
A large chunk of North London, with incredibly comprehensive street by street listings of virtually every head of household, lists of private residents and commercial and trades sections
By the 1930's Kelly's were still producing directories that covered the whole of London, enormous volumes with thousands of pages.
They also started to produce much more detailed directories of London districts which included incredibly comprehensive street by street listings of virtually every head of household, lists of private residents and commercial and trades sections
Very similar to the 1934 directory described above, but it is amazing to see how transient the citizens of London still were at this time.
Only a few short years after this book was published a huge number of the businesses and private residences in it had simply vanished due to the wholesale destruction of the capital by German bombs.
A complete street directory of Chiswick. With house numbers, and all heads of house and their occupations.
Good detailed street map.
Literally a street directory, with house numbers and the names of all householders, plus an alphabetical listing.
The CD also includes detailed street maps of 1939.
Literally a street directory, with house numbers and the names of all householders, plus an alphabetical listing.
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