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."
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;
Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland (with West Auckland, St Helen and St Andrew Aucklands), Chester-le-Street and Great Lumley, Darlington (with Coniscliffe, Piersebridge and Haughton-le-Skerne), Durham, Hartlepool (with Stranton, Seaton and Hart), Houghton-le-Spring (with Hetton-le-Hole, Newbottle and East & West Rainton), Middleton-in-Teesdale, Middleton-one-Row (with Dinsdal, Hurworth and Neasham), St john's Chapel, Sedgefield (with Bishops-Middleham, Bishopston, Trimdon and Fishburn, Shotton (with Easington and Castle Eden), South Shields (with Jarrow and Harton), Staindrop (with Gainford and Winston), Stanhope and Frosterley, Stockton-upon-Tees (with Norton, Eaglescliffe and Sadberge), Sunderland (with Bishop-Wearmouth and Monk-Wearmouth), Whickham (with Winlaton, Swalwell, Ryton, Blaydon and Stella), Wolsingham (with Witton-le-Wear and Lanchester), Wolviston (with Greatham and Billingham).
One of the typical Pigot's county directories. Covers all towns and villages in the county, with detailed information about each place, its churches, schools, institutions, etc. Large lists of people with trades, from the candle makers through to the doctors, etc.
The Slater's Directories were the successors to Pigot & Co. Directories, and in the same style. By this period, they were becoming much more comprehensive.
Descriptions of the towns and villages in the county, with details of their facilities, and all of the people with trades, and a wealth of information for the family historian.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
A very comprehensive directory of the major city and towns of the north east of England. Each place has a fabulous street by street, house by house list of heads of households plus alphabetical Court and commercial directories which list peoples' names, trades and addresses.
A wonderful resource for those researching their ancestors in the north east.
1,297 pages plus preface pages and advertisement pages. A huge volume with tens of thousands of names, addresses, trades and occupations, and a comprehensive description of every place in the county and and its history.
We have included a separate complete name index (of almost 1000 pages!) on the CD, which was transcribed by a large team of volunteers for the Archive CD Books Project.
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 Durham ancestors.
This book was kindly loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by the Family Record Centre (The PRO) in London.
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