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 very early and rare directory which covers the market towns and principal villages of the county (Please note that smaller villages and hamlets are not included). The descriptions of each place are excellent with details about schools, hospitals, churches and other institutions plus detailed histories and directories of the nobility, gentry, clergy and classified directories of trades people. Also included is an excellent county map.
The places included in this directory are;
Bishop's Castle, Bridgenorth, Broseley and Madeley (with Coalbrooke-dale, Colport, Iron-Bridge and Benthall), Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Drayton, Ellesmere, Hales Owen, Ludlow, Newport, Oswestry and Whittington, Shifnall, Shrewsbury and Pontesbury, Wellington (with Wombridge and Wrockwardine), Wem and Prees, Wenlock, Whitchurch and Doddington.
Three very rare directories on one CD
Note that these directories include only the main towns and market towns, and not the villages in each county.
Shropshire: Bishop's Castle, Bridgenorth, Broseley (including Coalbrook-Dale, Coalport, Iron-Bridge and Madeley), Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Drayton (Market Drayton), Ellesmere, Hales Owen, Ludlow, Newport, Oswestry, Shiffnal, Shrewsbury, Wellington, Wem, Wenlock, Whitchurch.
Herefordshire: Bromyard, Hereford, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster, Ross.
Worcestershire: Bewdley, Bromsgrove, Dudley, Kidderminster, Redditch, Stourbridge, Stourport, Worcester.
One of the later and more comprehensive Pigot's county directories. Covers towns and villages in the county, with detailed information about each place, its churches, schools, institutions, etc. Lsts of people with trades, from the candle makers through to the doctors, etc.
Samuel Bagshaw's 'History, Gazetteer & Directory of Shropshire' was published in Sheffield in 1851 and the beginning of the full title of the work provides a clear indication of the scope of the publication: History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire; Comprising a General Survey of the County with a Variety of Historical, Statistical, Topographical, Commercial and Agricultural Information, Shewing The Situation, Extent and Population of all The Towns, Parishes, Chapelries, Townships, Villages, Hamlets and Extra-Parochial Liberties; containing more than 700 printed pages and republished here in fully-searchable digital format, Bagshaw's Gazetteer and Directory of Shropshire is one of the best reference aids for the county from this period.
Indeed, Bagshaw's Gazetteer and Directory provides much more than the breviate of its title might indicate as was noted by the editor, Samuel Bagshaw in his introductory preface. In this Bagshaw notes that every parish, township, village and hamlet had been visited to ascertain and authenticate previously published material and confirm all the principal seats and farmhouses in each. The work is introduced with a general history of the county and its principal town, Shrewsbury. Drawing from published material for its history, Parliamentary Reports, Census of Population Statistics, published charitable reports, biographies and topographies a history of the counties geology, topography and history is presented from the earliest times to the present.
The bulk of Bagshaw's Gazetteer and Directory, some 550 pages, is taken-up with an alphabetical topography of the county. Arranged alphabetically by parish and hundred, each town, village and hamlet is represented under its respective parish and the detail provided on each is at least the equivalent of better-known Gazetteers and Directories such as Kelly's. Bagshaw's Gazetteer and Directory provides the population of each parish, township, chapelry and extra-parochial liberty, together with their 'owners of the soil', Lord of the Manors and nature and value of the church livings, places of worship, their patrons and incumbents. In addition, information is provided on public and other buildings of note, public charities, institutions, trade and commerce, communications, remarkable local occurrences, objects of interest and curiosities. The directory portion for each denomination contains an alphabetical listing of the seats of the gentry and other principal residents as well as a classification of trades and professions. For principal places such as Shrewsbury and Oswestry in addition to the information detailed for other locations, Bagshaw's Gazetteer and Directory also provides an alphabetical directory of names, trades, professions and residences, which in the instance of the town of Shrewsbury runs to some twenty pages.
Republished here in fully-searchable digital format, Bagshaw's Gazetteer and Directory of Shropshire has to be one of the best directories for the county from this relatively early period and is a highly recommended purchase for anyone with a historical or genealogical interest in the county.
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By this date the Post Office Directories, published by Kelly's, were becoming much more comprehensive. Each town and village in the county was surveyed and the history and details of the faclities was published along with lists of private residents and commercial traders.
Also included is a Court directory of private individuals and a classified trades directory.
The book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by The Family Record Centre (The PRO) in London as part of our ongoing project to digitise *all* of their directories in order to make them more accessible and ease the pressure on these old and rare books.
A very comprehensive directory with descriptions of all of the towns and villages in Shropshire.
In the County directory you will find the places listed alphabetically with lists of residents and commercial traders. The Court directory has an alphabetical list of private individuals and there is also a classified trades directory which lists the types of occupations and the people who performed them.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
A comprehensive directory of the tradespeople of each place in the county along with wonderful descriptions of the local facilities such as churches, schools and hospitals.
Also included is a county-wide court directory (private residents and their addresses) plus a classified trades directory
A comprehensive directory of the trades people of each place in the county along with wonderful descriptions of the local facilities such as churches, schools and hospitals.
Also included is a county-wide court directory (private residents and their addresses) and a classified trades directory . Plus a large colour map of the county.
Typical of the 1930's period and one of the last county-wide Kelly's directories. In addition to the normal classified trade directory there are excellent descriptions and some history of each town and village. This is the book to track down the whereabouts of your grandparents and great grandparents and their related families.
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