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."
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.
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
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.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
Republished here in full-searchable digital format is the 1867 edition of Kelly's Post Office Directory of Surrey. Containing nearly 450 printed pages, which includes a map of the county. As with most other directories published by Kelly's, this 1867 Surrey edition, although primarily a directory, also serves as a gazetteer. Originally issued as part of a joint publication for counties Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, this is one of the earlier editions of Kelly's Directory of Surrey.
The Surrey Post Office Directory details every village, town and city in the county providing thorough topographical and statistical descriptions of all of the religious, educational, civil and municipal institutions contained in each. In most instances the directory also provides a brief historical account of the village or town under consideration, which often includes important events and personages connected with the locality. Beginning with the parish of Abinger and ending with the parishes of Wotton Low Hill and Wotton Up Hill, the bulk of Kelly's Post Office Directory of County Surrey for 1867 is taken-up by the alphabetical entries for the cities, towns and villages of the county. For any reader who might be unfamiliar with a directory and gazetteer such as Kelly's the degree of information contained on each village can be gleaned from the description of one of the entries, that of Long Ditton. Noted as a parish and village situated a mile and a quarter from Kingston in the western division of the county and adjoining Thames Ditton, Long Ditton was described as being in the rural deanery of North-East Ewell, the archdeaconry of Surrey and the diocese of Winchester. The Church of St. Mary is amply noticed in both appearance and situation. The living of the parish was a rectory with an annual income of £474 and was the gift of New College Oxford. The principal landowners were the Earls of Lovelace and Egmont, the former being the Lord of the Manor of Long Ditton and the latter of Tolworth. Together with the hamlet of Tolworth the parish had a population of 1,445 in 1861 with an area of 2,116 acres. Also listed are the local post office, receiving house, insurance agents, tax collectors, police and carriers. As with each of the towns and villages noticed, the entry is concluded with an alphabetical list of private residents, a useful adjunct to the 1861 Census, and also an alphabetical listing of the commercial interests of the parish, including larger farmer, public houses and blacksmiths.
The alphabetical list of villages and towns is followed by a county-wide alphabetical listing of Surrey's principal private residents, as well as a Trades and Professional Directory for the County. For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the county of Surrey before its was swallowed-up by the expansion of Greater London, this fully-searchable 1867 edition of Kelly's Directory of Surrey is heartily recommended.
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A really excellent and comprehensive county directory in three parts.
The County Directory & Gazetteer, with descriptions and facilities of all towns and villages, plus residents with trades; The Court Directory (private residents, although not all households); The Classified Trades Directory.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Family Records Centre (The PRO) in London.
A very large and comprehensive directory of the county. Each town, village and hamlet have excellent descriptions of their histories and facilities, plus directories of private residents and tradespeople. There are also county-wide directories of private residents (alphabetical) and tradespeople (classified).
There are far too many individual places to list here but to help you here are the REGISTRATION districts which fall within the county. Remember that each district will include dozens of other places;
Epsom, Chertsey, Guildford, Farnham, Hambledon, Dorking, Reigate, Godstone, Croydon, Kingston and Richmond.
Kindly loaned to the Project by the Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London.
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
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