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."
Two 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.
Wiltshire: Bradford, Calne, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Salisbury, Trowbridge, Warminster, Westbury.
Gloucestershire: Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Newent, Stroud Water, Tetbury, Tewkesbury, Wotton-under-Edge.
First published in 1830 and republished here as a fully-searchable DOWNLOAD is Pigot & Co.'s National Commercial Directory. Renowned as one of the earliest and most complete directories and gazetteers, this publication contains the entries for the cities, towns, and principal villages in Wiltshire. This publication contains 100 printed pages, of which 36 are a directory of Wiltshire.
Advertised as a Commercial Directory, Pigot's National Commercial Directory provides the names, addresses and occupations of the merchants, bankers, professional gentlemen, manufacturers and traders for the principal towns, cities and villages on which it treats. The National Commercial Directory also acts as a gazetteer and topographical dictionary and for may readers this is the most useful aspect of a National Commercial Directory such as Pigot's.
Starting with a brief historical and topographical sketch of the county, Pigot's Directory then presents in alphabetical order the county Directory, which forms the vast bulk of this publication. Following the topographical description the National Commercial Directory provides details of Post Office and the names of nobility, gentry and clergy. This is followed of the trades section, consisting of Academies and schools, attorneys, bakers, blacksmiths, boot and shoemakers, bricklayers, butchers, coopers, corn dealers, dress makers and a dozen or more trades and professions. This is the minimum amount of detail one can expect in the National Commercial Directory while administrative capitals can expect at least a dozen pages.
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Detailed directories of the major towns and villages with the names, address and occupations of their inhabitants. A fantastic resource, especially for those looking for leads in the 1841 census.
Once a part of a much larger book. The Wiltshire section was purchased from a book dealer unbound, and we finally managed to piece together all of the county sections to have the book rebound.
This CD contains the Wiltshire 1844 directory, and comes complete with a high quality zoomable map.
First published in 1848 and republished here is Pigot & Co.'s Directory for Wiltshire. Although containing only forty-six printed pages, Pigot's Directory of Wiltshire for 1848 has the distinction for being one of the earliest complete topographical and trades' directories for the county and for this reason if no other it is a notable publication and one of considerable merit and interest. This edition includes a coloured map of the county showing all the towns and villages and well as gentlemen's seats as well as other geographical and topographical features of interest. The successor to Pigot & Co., namely Kelly & Co., who went onto to successfully publish county directories for more than a century adopted the format first utilised by Pigot's and merely expanded and enlarged on the amount of published material.
Starting with a brief historical and topographical sketch of Wiltshire, Pigot's Directory then presents in alphabetical order the county Directory, which forms the vast bulk of this publication. Beginning with Aldbourn and ending with Wootton Bassett and the surrounding neighbourhoods, Pigot's Directory of Wiltshire functions as a trades as well as a topographical and historical directory for the forty-two largest towns and villages and their immediate neighbourhoods in the county in 1848. An example of one of the village entries, Wootton Bassett, is illustrative of the detail contained in the directory as a whole.
Wootton Bassett is described as a market town, borough and parish situated within the hundred of Knightsbridge some 89 miles from London and a short distance from a station on the Great Western railway line. Within the vicinity of the town is a natural spring, the water from which was said to have curative powers. No manufacturing was conducted in the parish as the chief mode of employment was agriculture. The town was governed, by virtue of a Charter granted by Henry VI by the mayor, town burgesses and aldermen and until 1832 the town returned two members to Parliament. Lord Clarendon was the Lord of the Manor and the Court Leet was held annually at the well known Old Royal Oak public house. The Parish Church of All Saints was of great antiquity and the town was also provided places of worship for independents and Methodists, a free school established in 1688 as well as a number of charity schools. There were a number of weekly and bi-annual fairs, the former chiefly for pigs and sheep, the latter for the hire of servants. The 1841Census returned a population of nearly 3,000 with the proviso that some 800 of these were temporary occupants employed on works for the Great Western Railway. There follows a list of the gentry and clergy, academies and schools, professional persons as well as shopkeepers and traders, inns and public houses. The level of detail provided for Wootton Bassett is the norm, while that of major towns such as Salisbury and Swindon is considerably greater.
As one of the earliest complete topographical and trades' directories for Wiltshire, Pigot's Directory for 1848 must prove to be particular interest to anyone with an interest in this county.
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A superb bi-county directory which will be of enormous benefit to those struggling to find ancestors in the 1851 census. Directories which are close to census years can greatly assist the researcher in providing a starting place for searching the street indexes.
Each town, village and hamlet is described in detail with information about local history and civic amenities, plus directories of private residents and tradespeople. Also included are court (or private residents) and classified trades directories which cover the whole of both counties.
More comprehensive even than the Kelly's directories of the period.
An excellent county gazetteer and directory covering the ywo counties of Dorset and Wiltshire
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
Each town, village and hamlet in the county is described, with details of local history, facilities and institutions to help you understand the lives of your ancestors. Each place has its own lists of private residents and tradespeople.
There are also separate county wide directories of private residents and classified trades.
Kindly loaned to the Project by the Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London.
A comprehensive directory of the county. Each place has a description of its history, details of local institutions and directories of trades people and private residents.
A typically comprehensive county directory. Wonderful descriptions of facilities and local history in every town village and hamlet. plus directories of private residents and tradespeople.
Although a late directory, this one can be very useful to family historians tracing families in earlier times too. It is surprising how many families will have lived in the same houses for decades.
The directory is in three parts: 1. A county directory with general information and history of Wiltshire, followed by decriptions and facilities of every town and village, its churches, chapels, schools, etc., and lists of private residents and commercial businesses. 2. A private residents directory (in alphabetical order). 3. A county-wide classified trades and professional directory.
A comprehensive street directory of Swindon and directories of towns and villages for miles around, including Chippenham.
See above for a special offer for this and three other directories.
The same type of book as the one described below for 1939.
A complete stret by street directory of Swindon and directories for villages in the district which show the names of residents and their occupations.
These villages can often be upto ten miles from swindon so the area covered is quite large.
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