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 Cambridgeshire. This publication contains 98 printed pages, of which 34 are a directory of Cambridgeshire.
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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A complete directory of the county, quite small, but of immense value to historians and genealogists as it lists all those people with trades in a period before the first census. Good descriptions of each town and the major villages and their facilities, churches, institutions, carriers and coaches, postal services, schools, etc.
Republished here on as a download title is The Poll at the Election of High Steward of the University of Cambridge, which was taken on the 11th, 12th & 13th November. 1840. All 1,461 voters were recorded, as well as who they voted for. The Candidates for position of High Steward were the Rt. Hon. John Singleton Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst, LL.D., and the Rt. Hon. William Henry Lyttleton, 4th Baron Lyttleton, M.A., both graduates of the university.
Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863) was called to the bar in 1804 and gained a considerable practice and reputation. He was Member of Parliament for Yarmouth, the Isle of Wight, Cambridge University and Ashburton and also served as Solicitor General, Attorney General, Master of the Rolls and Lord Chancellor amongst his many other offices.
Lyndhurst's opponent was William Henry Lyttleton, son of William Henry Lyttleton, 3rd Baron and Lady Sarah, daughter of George John Spencer, 2nd Earl, making Lyttleton a very distant, but nevertheless ancestor of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. Lyttleton's career included his appointment as Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the Conservative Government of Sir Robert Peel, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire and first president of the Birmingham and Midland Institute. As Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies he founded the region of Canterbury, New Zealand, whose port still bears his name.
Lord Lyndhurst won the election by a majority of very nearly two-to-one.
Slater's directories are the successors to the Pigot's of earlier years.
More comprehensive than the earlier Pigot's, and contains listings of people with trades in all towns, villages and hamlets, plus descriptions of the facilities in each place.
For its early date of 1851, this is an extremely comprehensive directory, and one that has good information on the history of the county too. Apart from the smaller (earlier) Pigot's directories, this is the first major directory pu
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
An excellent resource for genealogists and family historians. 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.
Republished here is Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire, which was first published in 1883. Containing some 279 printed pages, Kelly's Directory, as the then editor, A. Lindsay Kelly correctly noted, was primarily a directory, but also served as the gazetteer for every county for which Kelly's Directory was published, and this edition is no exception.
This directory includes every parish in the county and provides a thorough topographical description of every town, parish, village and township, describing the principal buildings and geographical objects of interest in each. Great care is also taken in Kelly's treatment of the ecclesiastical divisions of the county with descriptions of all the churches, cathedrals the value of the livings, parochial incumbents and patrons. The same level of detail is provided for the civil and local administration of the county with full information on county courts, districts fairs, markets, county hunts as well as communications such as rail and post throughout the county.
Beginning with Great Abington and ending with West Wratting, for those who might be unfamiliar with a directory such as Kelly's the degree of information contained on each village can be gleaned from the description of just one of the places entered in the Towns and Villages section of the directory, which forms the bulk of the directory, namely Horseheath. This is described as a village and parish pleasantly situated on the old Cambridge Road 14 miles south-east of Cambridge. Lying within the hundred of Chilford, Union of Linton, county district of Haverhill, rural deanery of Camps and archdeaconry and diocese of Ely. The parish church of All Saints is described as being an ancient edifice of flint and rubble in the style of 14th and 15th c. Consisting of a chancel nave, south porch and square tower containing three bells. Within the church there is an ancient brass and several effigies. The parish registers dates from 1558 and living is a rectory with a yearly value of £360 the gift of the Governors of Charterhouse in London. There also existed a place of worship for Primitive Methodists. Horseheath Hall is described as a magnificent mansion erected in 1665 and surrounded by 870 acres of parkland. This was recently purchased and demolished by the Batson family who were Lords of the Manor. The soil is clay with a subsoil of chalk. The principal crops were oats and barley and the population of the parish at the time of the 1881 Census was 545. The entry is concluded with a list of the principal residents and farmers in Horseheath Parish.
While the village and parish of Horseheath are relatively small, the level of detail recorded in the directory are typical, with a much greater degree of information provided for the larger towns and cities in the county, especially that those of Ely and Cambridge that also include street directories and listings for private residents and commercial interests.
This edition of Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire is prefaced by a topographical and geological description of the county and is concluded with an extensive alphabetical list of the county's chief residents and commercial interests, which could be found across the length and breadth of the county in 1883. For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the county of Cambridge this fully-searchable 1883 edition of Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire is highly recommended.
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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 description of every town, village and hamlet in the county along with lists of private residents and commercial traders. Using this wonderful resource you can build up a picture of where and how your ancestors lived their daily lives.
Also included is a Court Directory (an alphabetical list of private individuals in the county) and a classified Trades Directory which lists the types of trades and the names and adddresses of those who performed those occupations.
A typically comprehensive Kelly's directory from a very interesting period of history, being right in the middle of the Great War of 1914-18.
It starts with an excellent description and history of the county, with details of fairs and markets, parliamentary representation, county council officers, magistrates etc.
Following this are descriptions of every town, village and hamlet in the county, with lists of private residents and commercial traders in each place. The county town of Cambridge also has a street by street, almost house by house directory of people, not just those with trades but ordinary private individuals too.
There is also a separate alphabetical list of private residents and their addresses throughout the county and a very comprehensive classified trades directory.
Also included is a beautiful map of the county.
A wonderfully comprehensive directory (with over 500 pages) of all of the households of Cambridge, including a detailed street by street listing of householders and their occupations, and a separate alphabetical listing too. Added to this is a comprehensive classified trades directory.
Looking at just a part of one street (Brewhouse Lane) we see:
51 Odell, A. Carman
52 Bond, Mrs
53 Hawkins, Chas., L,N.E.R. servant
54 Coltman, J
55 Pope, George
56 Huntlea, Charles, taxi-cab proprietor
57 Hutchinson, C.W., cycle agent
58 Joel, Wm., warehouseman
59 Wood, E., draper
60 & 61 Loates, Henry, labourer
62 Marsh, E.M., factory hand
and so on.
A superb reference source for those with ancestors in Cambridge. Locate your grandparents and their neighbours
An unusual but fabulously useful directory in that it has indexes for each street and person in Cambridge and photographs of the town Councillors and Aldermen. It has lists of the committee members for every committee in Cambridge, and there were many! It even has details about Societies, Banks, Churches, Schools, Theatres and local bands.
A huge amount of information is contained in this directory. An excellent opportunity to discover not only your relatives trade and place of residence but also discover if they were in a society, who they lived close to, what the environment was like in 1938 and much more. Real family history!
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."
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