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."
This is one of the very first directories of Middlesex and is an incredibly rare book. The Project was lucky enough to secure one from a book dealer without its covers and minus two pages. After many months of searching for another copy of the book the missing pages were found and copied, so we are now able to offer a complete copy of the directory on CD. The proceeds from sales of the CD's will be used to rebind the book and we hope to be able to donate it to a suitable institution who will preserve this wonderful resource for future generations to enjoy.
The book itself is very different to the usual 'county' directory. As well as Middlesex it also covers parts of Essex, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire. Each place has a very detailed description of the area, and lists of people and their trades, some address are also included.
Please note that it does *not* include The City of London or any places not mentioned in the lists below.
Included in the Directory are:
Acton and East Acton, Bedfont, Ashford, Feltham and Stanwell, Bow, Bromley and Old Ford, Brentford, Camden Town, Chelsea, Chipping Barnet, East Barnet and Fryern Barnet, Chiswick, Turnham Green and Little Sutton, Clapton and High Hill Ferry, Ealing and Little Ealing, Edgware, Edmonton, Enfield, Finchley, Fulham, Parsons Green, Walham Green and North End, Greenford, Northolt etc, Hackney, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Court, Hampton Wick and Hanworth, Hanwell, Harmondsworth, West Drayton, Sipson, and Longford, Harrow, Hayes, Hendon, Highgate, Holloway, Homerton, Hornsey, Hounslow and the Villages of Harlington, Cranford Bridge, and Heston, Isleworth, Kensington and Gravel Pits, Notting Hill and Bayswater, Kentish Town, Kilburn, Kingsland, Dalston and Shacklewell, Knightsbridge and Brompton, Lower Halliford and Shepperton, Pinner and neighbourhood, Ponders End, Ruislip and Ickenham, Shepherd's Bush, Southgate and Winchmore Hill, Staines, Laleham and parish of Littleton, Stamford Hill, Stanmore, Stoke Newington, Sunbury, Tottenham High Cross, Twickenham and Teddington, Uxbridge, Cowley and the villages of Great and Little Hillingdon, Wilsdon and Kingsbury.
Barking, East Ham and Neighbours, Chigwell and Chigwell Row, Ilford and neighbourhood, Laytonstone and Neighbourhood, Lewisham, Blackheath, Southend, Lee and neighbourhoods, Loughton and neighbourhood, Low Leyton and neighbourhood, Plaistow, Romford, Dagenham, Hare Street and Havering Atte Bower, Stratford and neighbourhood, Waltham Abbey, High Beach and neighbourhoods, Wanstead and neighbourhood, West Ham and neighbourhood, Woodford, Chingford and neighbourhoods.
Battersea, Brixton, Camberwell, Carshalton and Wallington, Clapham, Croydon and Beddington, Dulwich, Kingston and Ham, Mitcham, Mordon and Merton, Mortlake, Barnes and neighbourhoods, Norwood, Peckham, Putney and Roehampton, Richmond and Petersham, Stockwell, Streatham, Sutton and Cheam, Tooting, Wimbledon.
Bexley, Blenden, Welling and East Wickham, Bromley and Beckenham, The Crays and Chislehurst, Deptford and New Cross, Eltham, Greenwich, Woolwich, Charlton and Plumstead.
Elstree, Waltham Cross.
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"
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
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.
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.
A typical early Kelly's county directory. The book lists all towns and villages (in alphabetical order), with their residents who have trades. Includes a good county map.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by The Barnet Archives Office.
Note: for those who have already have the 1867 Post Office Directory (now discontinued), this is the same book, although this one also has the Middlesex county map.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
This Post Office Directory, published by Kelly's includes the County Directory, Court Directory and Classified Trades Directory, plus lots of advertisements.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the London Borough of Barnet Archives.
A three part directory. Places in the county (in alphabetical order) with their inhabitants, both private residents and commercial; the court directory, and the classified trades directory. (Note, by this period the Metropolitan Boroughs are included in the London Suburban Directories)
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the London Borough of Barnet Archives.
An excellent resource for genealogists and family historians, especially as it falls close to 1901, and can be used as an aid to locate people in the census. This very comprehensive directory describes each place in the county in great detail with information about schools, churches, hospitals and other institutions.
Each town, village and hamlet has lists of private residents and commercial traders plus there is excellent court directory (an alphabetical list of private individuals in the county) and a classified trades directory.
An extremely comprehensive directory. Each town and village in the county is described in great detail with historical information, population data and descriptions of local services and amenities. Each place has a very large directory of private residents and their addresses plus local tradesmen with their occupation and address.
There follows a directory of private residents and their addresses which runs to more than eighty pages with an average of more than two hundred names per page giving a total of more than 16,000 householders. Also included is an excellent classified trades directory.
A typically comprehensive 1930's Kelly's directory this will be of immense value to social and family historians. It is laid out in the same way as the 1926 directory described above but, comparing the two, it becomes obviious that, even well into the twentieth century, Londoners were every bit as mobile as they were in Victorian times.
Using this directory in conjunction with the 1926 book one can begin to appreciate the effects of The Great Depression of the late 1920's.
A very rare and unusual directory. It is purely a classified trades directory, organised by listing each place alphabetically, then each trade is listed with the name and address of each person with that occupation.
With 524 pages this book is far more comprehensive than the classified trade directories included with the Kelly's of this period.
This book provides both social and family historians with an invaluable glimpse of the area before the widespread devastation caused by bombing in World War II.
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