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."
This book is a very rare, incredibly useful, early directory first published in 1805.
Using a directory like this, which pre-dates civil registration (1837), can often help you to pin down areas to search for possible marriage and baptismal records.
The CD contains both volumes, including a London trades directory alphabetically arranged, a full alphabetical London and Environs Private Residences list and a full Private Residences list for each of the following towns,
Bath, Belfast, Berwick, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Boston, Bradford (Wilts), Bradford (Yorks.), Bridgewater, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Carlisle, Chatham, Chester, Chesterfield, Chichester, Colchester, Cork, Coventry, Derby, Devizes, Dublin, Dudley, Edinburgh, Exeter, Falmouth, Frome, Gainsborough, Glasgow, Greenock, Halifax, Hinckley, Huddersfield, Hull, Ipswich, Kendal, Kidderminster, Lancaster, Leeds, Leek, Leicester, Leith, Lincoln, Liverpool, Lynn, Macclesfield, Maidstone, Manchester, Newark, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Paisley, Penryn, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Potteries (Staffs), Rochester, Rochdale, Salisbury, Sheffield, Sherborn, Southampton, Stamford, Stockport, Stroud, Sunderland, Tiverton, Trowbridge, Truro, Wakefield, Walsall, Warrington, Waterford, Whitehaven, Wigan, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Yarnmouth, York.
This commercial directory for 1819-20 contains the names, trades and situations of the merchants, manufacturers and tradesmen in the following places;
Ashton, Barnsley, Beverley, Bilston, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford, Burnley, Bury, Chester, Chesterfield, Chorley, Colne, Congleton, Coventry, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dudley, Halifax, Heckmondwike, Huddersfield, Hull, Kidderminster, Lancaster, Leeds, Leek, Leicester, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester, Newcastle (and the whole of the potteries), Nottingham, Oldham, Prescot and St. Helens, Preston, Rochdale, Rotherham, Saddleworth, Selby, Sheffield, Stockport, Stourbridge, Tadcaster, Wakefield, Walsal, Warrington, Wigan, Wolverhampton, Wrexham, York.
It also has a list of London, Country and Irish bankers, a table of coins from 28 countries with their relative value in British money in 1818 and an embellished map of England and Wales.
A very early and rare directory. A great opportunity to get all these places on just one CD.
This book was kindly loaned to the Project by the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies.
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