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."
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 Dorsetshire. This publication contains 191 printed pages, of which 127 are a directory of Dorsetshire.
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.
Surveyed in 1841, in the same year as the first census. That makes this directory particularly useful for finding any person who had a trade in the county, and then locating them in the census. The book contains good descriptions of all towns and main villages (although all places are included, but perhaps listed under the nearest main village). It also contains the original 1842 map of the county.
This is another book that we found as a loose collection of pages with no cover, and which was once a part of a much larger book. So, over a period of time, we collected all the pieces for the counties that were included, and had the book rebound with all of them that were in the original Pigot's publication.
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.
Dorset & Wiltshire 1865 Harrod & Co. Postal & Commercial Directory
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.
Excellent desriptions of each place's history and local facilties plus directories of private residents and tradespeople.
Also includes an alphabetical list of private residents and a classified trades directory.
Kindly loaned to the Project by The Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London.
By the early 1900s we start to see private residents included in the Kelly's directories in addition to the classified Trade Directory listings and descriptions and facilities in each town and village. This is a particularly important and useful reference book for those with Dorset ancestors.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books 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.
A comprehensive directory of pivate residents and tradesmen plus detailed descriptions of each place in the county.
Also includes an excellent county wide directory of private residents, a classified trades directory and a wonderfully detailed county map.
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