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."
Mathews's 1793-4 - New History of Bristol or Complete Guide and Bristol Directory.
A superb and very early history and directory of the City of Bristol and its suburbs, including a wonderful street map.
The directory itself is very comprehensive, heads of house holds are listed alphabetically by surname with their occupations and addresses. Many people with quite ordinary jobs are listed, such as lodging house keepers, builders, nursery men and brushmakers.
A very rare resource, this is a list of all of those in Bristol who voted in the General Election of 1812 and whom they voted for.
It also contains many letters to and from the various candidates.
Lists every person entitled to vote in the general election of 1830.
An immensely important source of early family history information for Bristol.
This book has now been gifted to the Bristol Record Office for preservation.
The ORIGINAL Poll Book, not just a transcription of voters, but the actual Returning Officers handwritten entries of every voter in the 1832 and 1835 elections plus their place of abode and the reason they qualified to vote. It also has a clear and easy to read transcription of the voters details in alphabetical order. The two poll books both on one CD make it a real gem.
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.
Gloucestershire: Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Newent, Stroud Water, Tetbury, Tewkesbury, Wotton-under-Edge.
Wiltshire: Bradford, Calne, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Salisbury, Trowbridge, Warminster, Westbury.
An unusual Pigot's classified trade directory, that covers 6 major manufacturing towns in England.
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 Gloucestershire. This publication contains 160 printed pages, of which 96 are a directory of Gloucestershire.
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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Printed and published in Bristol in 1837 by John Wansborough, The Bristol Poll Book's full and descriptive title reads as follows: "The Bristol Poll Book, being a list of the Householders, Freeholders, and Freemen, who voted in the General Election, for Members to Serve in Parliament, for the City and County of Bristol, which took place, July 24th 1837. Before Thomas Kington, Esq. Sheriff."
The candidates that stood for election for the City and County of Bristol on July 24th 1837 were Philip William Skinner Miles, Esq., for the Conservative Party, William Fripp, Esq., also for the Conservative Party and the Honourable Francis Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley, described as a 'Radical' Liberal candidate and by the accounts recalled in the introduction of the Bristol Poll Book the election as well as the final result was a particularly acrimonious affair. The introduction details in some twenty pages the speeches of the candidates on the 22nd July, the day on which nominations were opened, as well as the Sheriff's Returns on 25th July. This announced that Mr. Miles was duly elected with 3,838 votes and the Hon. Francis Berkeley with 3,212 was returned as the second Member of Parliament over Mr. Fripp who received 3,156 votes. However, there were calls for a recount of the Hon. Francis Berkeley's votes as it was revealed that Berkeley's officials had proffered 400 gifts of £6 to the poor Freemen of Bristol in return for their votes. However, the result was not overturned and Berkeley, the illegitimate son of the 5th Earl, sat continuously as a Member of Parliament for Bristol from this election until his death in 1870.
As for the Poll Book itself, this contains the names, addresses - business and private - of more than 5,000 men who cast their votes on 24th July 1837. The Poll Book is arranged firstly by parish and within each parochial return the names of the voters together with the candidates for whom they voted is recorded. The usefulness of Poll Books in general is not to be underestimated and far exceeds their socio-political interest. As an item of record, the 1837 Poll Book contains many more names of merchants, traders and gentlemen resident in Bristol than any contemporary trades or street directory and in most cases contains just as much information on the voters' business activity and place of residence as a trades directory.
Republished here in fully-searchable digital format, the Bristol Poll Book for 1837 containing the names, addresses and business of more than 10,000 Bristonians must appeal to anyone with a family or historical interest in Bristol and the surrounding area.
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.
SImilar to the 1830 Pigots Directory but a little more comprehensive. Also includes the original 1842 map of Gloucestershire, scanned to a very high resolution so that you can zoom in to the finest detail.
One of the earliest of the comprehensive directories for Gloucestershire, having a much better survey of people than the earlier Pigot's directories. The Post Office Directories (published by Kelly's) set a new standard, and covered every place, right down to the smallest hamlet, with their residents and their trades. They include really excellent background information for your family's history by describing each of the places and their facilities.
A typically comprehensive directory which includes every town village and hamlet in the county, plus an excellent county map.
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 street by street directory of the city with the names of the heads of households, an alphabetical court directory of private residents and a classified trades directory.
As always with these directories there are wonderful descriptions of the local history, facilities and institutions which help you to visualise the world your ancestors lived in.
Kindly loaned to the Project by the Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London.
A superb and very comprehensive localised directory of Bristol & District. Includes those parts of Bristol in both Gloucestershire & Somerset. Clifton & Bedminster, etc.
Covers the whole of the original Gloucestershire county area (excludes Bristol).
This book was donated to the Gloucestershire Local Studies Library in Cinderford.
This directory & gazetteer includes Bristol, and also Brislington, Bath (Somerset).
A typically comprehensive Kelly's county directory.
Includes a general description of the county, plus separate sections containing a Directory of places and their inhabitants, facilities, history, etc.; a private residents directory and a classified trades directory.
Incredibly comprehensive, the contents include;
An excellent contemporary street map of the city; an alphabetical list of streets; a fabulous street by street directory with the names of the heads of households; an alphabetical list of people's names and addresses; a directory of detached houses and villas with the owner's name (very unusual); a classified trades directory and lots of advertisements.
This is one of the very best directories of Bristol and its suburbs that we have seen.
Republished here in fully-searchable digital format is the 1894 edition of Kelly's Directory of the City of Bristol & its Neighbourhood. Containing nearly 480 printed pages the City and Neighbourhood Directory for Bristol is a principally a street directory for the City of Bristol, but as with all of Kelly's Directories also serves as a gazetteer for the city and county.
Kelly's Directory of the City of Bristol and its Neighbourhood is introduced by a topographical and statistical description of the city and its principal suburbs of Bedminster and Clifton. This provides a record of the principal events in the City's history, descriptions of the landmark municipal, ecclesiastical and private buildings, parishes, civic institutions and statistical data, predominantly drawn from the 1881 and 1891 Statistical Abstracts of the Population Censuses. There follows the Street Directory for the City of Bristol. Alphabetically arranged this provides the name and street number of the principal resident of all of the private dwellings in the city and in many instances the occupation of the chief resident is also given. The Street Directory is followed by an alphabetical directory for the suburbs and neighbourhood of the city recording thorough topographical and statistical descriptions of all of the religious, educational, civil and municipal institutions contained in each. In most instances the directory also provides a brief historical account of the village or town under consideration, which often includes important events and personages connected with the locality. Beginning with the parish of Abbot's Leigh and ending with the parish of Westbury-on-Trym, the suburban section of the 1894 Directory of Bristol provides a relatively detailed account of the history, buildings of note and religious and civic institutions as well as the principal private residents and commercial interests situated in the villages and parishes not in the city proper.
More than half of the Bristol Directory is taken-up by the 'Court Directory', an alphabetical listing of all of the principal private residents of Bristol and its suburbs and the 'Trades Directory', an alphabetical listing by trade of all of the businesses, including doctors and lawyers and the like, present in the city and its suburbs. The 1894 edition of Kelly's Directory of Bristol and its Neighbourhood is concluded by 64 pages of advertisements, many full and half page accompanied by sketches, drawings and photographs.
For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the City of Bristol and its neighbourhood this fully-searchable 1894 edition of Kelly's Directory of Bristol and its Neighbourhood is heartily recommended.
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Republished here in full-searchable digital format is Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire, which was published in 1894. Containing some 616 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 Gloucestershire edition is no exception.
This directory, published with a revised map, 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 Abinghall and ending with Yate, 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. Iron Acton is described as a parish and village situated on the river Laden, on the Thonbury branch of the Midland railway and road from Bristol to Stroud; bounded by the river Frome its is situated in the Southern Division of the county, within the Grumbalds Ash and Thornbury Hundreds, the rural deanery of Bitton, archdeaconry of Bristol and diocese of Bristol and Gloucester. The parish Church of St. James is described in some detail, as is its clock, bells, number of sittings and graveyard. The parochial records for St. James date from 1570, the living of which is a rectory with an annual value of £640, including 60 acres of glebe, the gift of Christ Church, Oxford. The village also contained Wesleyan and Congregational Chapels. Fairs were held bi-annually on 25th April and 13th September, principally for the sale of cattle, horses, sheep and pigs. The name of Iron Acton is thought to have derived from an ancient oak tree that stood until 1828 in the grounds of Acton House and the iron ore that was mined locally, the village originally being known as Iron Oak Town. The Lady of the Manor was recorded as Miss Castle, the soil of the parish clayey with a subsoil of coal and limestone. The principal crops of the parish were wheat, barley and roots. The population of the parish in 1891 was 1,034 with an area of 2,944 acres. The entry for Iron Acton is concluded by a list of the principal private residents and business in the parish and also those found in the villages of Latteridge and Acton Ilgar. While Iron Acton was a relatively small hamlet within the county of Gloucestershire as a whole, the level of detail recorded here is typical throughout the directory.
This edition of Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire 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 1894. In addition to these expected but key features of any useful directory this edition also includes some 64 pages of full and half-page advertisements, many containing useful sketches and photographs from the period.
For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the county of Gloucestershire this fully-searchable 1894 edition of Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire is heartily recommended.
A superb combined directory of every town, village and hamlet in the county, plus the whole of the City of Bristol.
Each place in the county has an excellent description of the services and amenities plus directories of private residents and those with trades plus a court directory of private residents and a classified trades directory.
The Bristol section accounts for almost half of the entire book and includes a street by street directory of both traders and private householders. Also included are court and classified trades directories.
The book includes both a county map of Gloucestershire and a superb street map of the City of Bristol. These have been scanned and are included, fully zoomable in PDF format, on the CD
A book loaned to us from the Bristol Record Office. With the release of the 1901 census on fiche, they wanted this book scanned and released as a matter of urgency! So we did it. Fast.
It acts as the perfect index to all households in Bristol and surrounding villages. There's a complete house by house, street by street listing of all households, and then a superb alphabetical name list (with address and occupation) of every householder. For good measure, there is also a complete classified trades directory too.
This one is an absolute must for all those with Bristol ancestors. Find all of your families in one go, quickly and easily.
(This CD can also be purchased at the Bristol Record Office).
A very comprehensive directory indeed and incredibly useful to genealogists and family historians as it is so close to the 1901 census.
Every place in the county, even the tiniest hamlet, is described in great detail with information about schools, hospitals, churches etc.
Each town, village and hamlet has its own list of private individuals and commercial traders, plus there is an excellent alphabetical, county-wide court directory of private residents and also a classified trades directory.
Covers the whole of Bristol and surrounding parts of Gloucestershire & Somerset with an excellent street by street directory which lists the names and addresses of tradespeople and private residents. With each street's name is the name of the parish which it was in.
After the street directory is an alphabetical list of peoples' names and addresses in the Bristol and suburban area. There is no list of the suburbs covered but it would be safe to assume that most, if not all, of the places mentioned in the description of the 1894 directory are included here too.
This contains alphabetically arranged descriptions of each town, village and hamlet in the county with comprehensive directories of tradespeople and private residents in each place.
There is also an excellent county-wide alphabetical list of private residents and their addresses, plus a classified trades directory.
Similar to the 1902 and 1906 directories.
Each town, village and hamlet has its own facinating description of its history and public institutions, with directories of tradespeople and private residents in each place.
As is usual with these directories there is a county wide directory of private residents and a classified trades directory. The copy of the book which we have scanned also included its original county map and that has been included on the CD too.
People with trades and their addresses in three heavily populated Gloucestershire places.
A wonderful local directory with details of people and their occupations in Stroud and villages within about a five mile radius of the town. These local directories really do help you to understand the areas in which your ancestors lived.
See the description of the 1923 drectory.
Published in London in 1935, Kelly's Directory of the County of Gloucester boasted that the publication was the 'oldest and largest directory published in the world'. While this may or may not have been an idle boast county directories always contain a plethora of fascinating information and Kelly's Directory for Gloucester is no exception.
Containing some 570 pages, Kelly's Directory contains information on all of the market towns, villages and cities situated within the county of Gloucester shortly before the outbreak of WWII. This is an important detail, because Kelly's presents statistical and topographical information prior to the fundamental changes brought about to all the counties of the UK by war.
Importantly this edition of Kelly's Gloucester contains a detailed map of the county.
As a statistical compendium Kelly's provides details on the counties population and records quite graphically the predominantly agricultural nature of the county at this time. This fact is highlighted by the amount of the county's land under tillage and grazing and large numbers of harriers, hounds and hunts present in the county all redolent of a bygone era.
Apart from advertisements, which have an interest of their own, the vast majority of the Directory is comprised of the 'Towns and Villages Directory'. This contains a cornucopia of information on all of the noted places in the county. Beginning with the village of Abenhall and with Wyck Rissington, each village and town is introduced by a short topographical, historical and statistical description. These descriptions include the civil and religious situations of each village and abstracts from the 1931 Census of Population, usually recording the population of village and parish and the area in statute acres. The chief products from each area are also recorded as are any noted natural or manmade landmarks.
As one would expect from a county directory, Kelly's records the chief private residents of each village and town as well as the commercial establishments and trades that could be found. The directory also noted the chief modes of public transport to and from the villages, methods of post, but notably very few telephone numbers. The chief towns and cities of the county are treated on in some detail. Cities and towns such as Bristol and Tewksbury as well as the city of Gloucester are prefaced by a not inconsiderable topographical and historical description for the earliest times through to the 1930s. In the case o f Tewksbury this description extends to five pages of two columns each and describes the ancient borough and market town from its ancient status as borough and market town and establishment of the first Christian Church in the 7th century by the missionary monk Theoc, through the incorporation of the borough by Elizabeth I in 1574 and a description of large number of 'ancient houses' that could be found in Tewksbury and the surrounding area. Also listed are all the corporation, official, public and local institutions and is especially replete with the commercial establishments in the borough. This is hardly surprising as most traders would have used directories such as Kelly's as their chief mode of advertisement.
For those unfamiliar with commercial directories such as Kelly's these have much to recommend them. These are not telephone directories, but more akin to commercial and historical compendiums on the areas they treat. This digital republication is fully-searchable and is recommended to anyone with an interest in the county of Gloucester.
A huge directory of the city with more than 1400 pages
Contains a superb street by street directory which by this time listed almost every head of household, their addresses and occupations. Also included is an alphabetical directory which makes finding your ancestor's address very easy indeed.
At the end of the book is a comprehensive classified trades directory.
By this time Kelly's Directories were becoming very comprehensive indeed, see the description of the 1923 directory.
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