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."
The Poll for Knights of the Shire to Represent the County of Westmorland.
To be entitled to vote in the general election for Parliament, people (males only!) had to be a freeholder owning a house or land. This book contains lists of all of the voters, with their place of residence, place of the freehold, and the candidates for which they voted. There was no secret ballot in those days!
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 descriptons of each place are excellent with lots of details about schools, hospitals, churches and other institutions plus detailed histories and directories of the nobility, gentry, clergy and classified directories of tradespeople. Also included is an excellent county map.
The places included in this directory are;
Ambleside, Appleby, Brough, Burton and Holme, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Stephen, Milnthorpe (with Heversham and Beetham), Orton, Ravenstone Dale, Shap.
An excellent early directory for the county, describing each place and its facilities, churches, post, carriers and coaches, etc., plus comprehensive listings in each place of its inhabitants with trades.
A superb and very comprehensive directory of Westmorland. Each place is described in great detail and includes lists of gentry and clergy plus those 'ordinary' people with trades.
This was part of a much larger directory of The Northern Counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Lancashire and Westmorland, with Liverpool and Manchester. We have split the book (not literally!) into sections in order to keep the cost of individual counties' CD's to a minimum.
The whole book is available on one CD, see below for details.
Note: includes ref 0535 as above. Also Cheshire, Cumberland and Lancashire (with Liverpool and Manchester), all of the advertisements and beautiful county maps.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
Published in Manchester in 1885 by T. Bulmer & Co., the full title of the Westmoreland Directory amply describes the breadth and depth of this publication: 'History, Topography, and Directory of Westmoreland, Comprising its Ancient and Modern History; A General View of its Physical Features; its Mines, Manufactures and Agricultural Statistics; Historical and Descriptive Sketches of each Town, Parish and Manor; Family History and Genealogical Descent; Biographical Sketches of the Principal Westmoreland Worthies, to which is also added a List of the Seats and Residences of the Nobility, Gentry and Clergy', in short, a completed compendium of Westmoreland in 1885.
Containing just over seven hundred printed pages and republished here in fully-searchable digital format, the Westmoreland Directory is introduced by an historical narrative of the county's settlement followed by a description of its geography and geology. This is followed by a section on all aspects of the county and local government of the county ranging from the constabulary to the county's accounts and the names and seats of the nobility, gentry and clergy of the county. However, this is just a forward to the majority of the directory, which consists of an alphabetical description of all of the villages, towns, cities and parishes contained therein. An example of just one of these will suffice to indicate the breadth, depth and usefulness of this publication. Of the parish of Crosby Garrett, the Westmoreland Directory introduces the parish by providing its gross area and income and population in 1871 and 1881 - which had fallen from 585 to 224 - before providing a topographical and historical description of the parish, which derived its name from 'Cross Town' and its is supposed that Garrett was an ancient owner of the manor. However, as the Directory reports, there is no historical record of the Manor prior to 1296 when it was held by the Soulby family. The parish is dedicated to St. Andrew and the earliest portions of the Church for which there is a detailed description dates from the 12th century. There follows descriptions of the parochial schools and places of worship and the notable hamlets and villages that were situated within the parish, together with all of the residents of note. This level of description and record is to be found throughout the directory and in places even exceeds the quite detailed description provided for Crosby Garrett.
While the original publication contains no overall listing for the nobility, merchants and traders featured in the Westmoreland Directory, as this title is full-searchable this absence is not burdensome. For anyone interested in the descriptions of the places and people of Westmoreland in the late 19th century this is an essential resource.
This title is a DOWNLOAD. Please click the link on the receipt to initiate the download. If you would prefer a version on CD-ROM to be posted to you, please select the option below. It will cost an additional 6.00 (ex VAT) which includes all postage charges.
An excellent and very comprehensive directory. Each town, village and hamlet in the county is decribed in detail with information about the churches, schools, hospitals and othe institutions that your ancestors may have actually used in their daily lives. Each place also has lists of private residents and commercial traders.
Also included is a court directory of private residents, a classified trades directory plus an incredibly detailed map of the county.
This book was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by The Family record Centre (the PRO) in London.
Each place in the county has an excellent description of its history and facilities such as churches, hospitals and schools etc., plus directories of private residents and tradespeople.
Also included is a county wide alphabetical list of private residents, a comprehensive classified trades directory and a county map.
Every parish in the county is included in this book. It is primarily a directory of private residents and commercial traders in each place.
The book also serves as a gazetteer, giving a topographical account of every town, parish, village and township and descriptions of the principal buildings and objects of interest.
Full information is given on the County Council, Wards, Unions and Court Districts; the cathedral, churches, land owners, hospitals, charities and schools, agriculture, markets and fairs, and conveyance by railways, etc.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle.
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