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 lovely and very early directory for the county of Kent.
Very rare indeed.
Both of the Poll Books, as described below, on one CD at a substantial saving on the price of the two separate CD's
All of those in the area eligible to vote in the General Election of 1832, their names, place of residence and who they voted for.
Covers Canterbury, Ramsgate, Sittingbourne, Ashford and Romney.
All of those in the area eligible to vote in the General Election of 1837, their names, place of residence and who they voted for.
Covers towns and villages in the county, with detailed information about each place, its churches, schools, institutions, etc. lists of people with trades, from the candle makers through to the doctors, etc.
Two volumes, each comprising over 650 pages, on one CD. This really is a superb resource for those family historians with an interest in Kent. Each individual town and village is arranged by 'hundred' and then into parishes and it is incredibly easy to locate each one using the index of places.
Every parish and place is described in minute detail describing the history, topography and other more anecdotal items. For example: 'On February 3rd, an eagle, of the fishing species, was shot by Mr. Thomas Peake, of Cliff's end: it measured seven feet across the wings, and was a remarkably fine and powerful bird. On being shot, Mr Peake forced from its throat nearly two pounds of large eels, and it is supposed that it gorged itself so much, that it was careless of its safety, having been killed with a common charge of No4 shot'. (There is also an index of subjects so look it up...... it's there under 'Eagle Shot'!)
Covers central London, and large parts of Middlesex, Surrey, Kent and Essex.
One of the very rare and sought-after earlier directories. The Post Office Directories were the fore-runners (and published by) Kelly's, and set a standard for the new type of county directory.
The contents include: The Official directory, 80 pages of the names of persons holding situations under The Crown.
The Commercial and Professional directory, over 500 pages of peolple's names, trades and addresses.
The Court directory, 80 pages of private individuals names and addresses.
The Parliamentary directory, 29 pages of details of the House of Peers and when those peerages were created, the Members of the House of Commons and the surnames of the Peers and Peeresses of the Realm and their eldest sons.
The Postal directory, 72 pages of details of details of the postal system for the whole of Britain.
The City directory, 2 pages of the names of the Lord Mayoy, Aldermen, Sherrifs and City Officers.
The Banking Directory, 43 pages of details of the banks and instituions
The Assurance directory, over 50 pages of details of Assurance Companies, their trustees, directors and auditors
Once part of a larger volume "The Six Home Counties Post Office Directory". This is one of the earliest directories published by Kelly's, and comes with a very detailed map of the county. The book lists all towns and villages (in alphabetical order), with their residents who have trades.
See also CD ref 0354 "Six Home Counties 1851 Post Office Court & Trade Directory"
The ideal companion to the 1851 Post Office Directory for the County.
This one contains the Court Directory (private residents, although the well-off ones who were able to pay to get an entry) and the Classified Trades Directory - combined for the counties of Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex, Kent and Hertfordshire.
All of those in the area eligible to vote in the General Election of 1857
Includes the districts of Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Faversham, Hythe, Ramsgate, New Romney, Sandwich, Sheerness and Sittingbourne.
This book was very kindly loaned to the Project by The Reading University Library.
This Post office Directory, published by Kelly's includes the County Directory, Court Directory and Classified Trades Directory.
The book was kindly loaned by the Family Records Centre (PRO) in London.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with their name, place, extent of land and its value.
Published by Kelly's, includes the County Directory, Court Directory and Classified Trades Directory.
An excellent and very comprehensive directory. Each town, village and hamlet in the county is described in detail with information about the churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions that your ancestors may have actually used in their daily lives. Each place also has lists of private residents and commercial traders
Republished here is the 1903 edition of Kelly's Directory of Kent. Containing more than 1,200 printed pages, which includes an A2 sized coloured map of the county, as with most other directories published by Kelly's, this 1903 Kent edition, although primarily a directory, also serves as a gazetteer.
The Kent Directory details every village, town and city in the county providing 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. As a preface to this edition a general history of the county as well as a description of its geology is also given, together with all the seats of the nobility and gentry found throughout the county. At the time of the publication of the 1903 edition of Kelly's Directory for Kent many suburbs and areas that now form part of Greater London were considered to be part of Kent proper, towns such as Peckham, Penge and Sydenham, and as a consequence these were included in the 1903 edition.
For any reader who might be unfamiliar with a directory and gazetteer such as Kelly's the degree of information contained on each village can be gleaned from the description of one of the first entries in the alphabetical Towns and Villages section, which constitutes the bulk of the directory. In describing the market town of Ashford it was noted that the name of Ashford was derived from its situation on the Esshe river. The importance of Ashford was at time of publication derived from the fact that it was the site of the central station and locomotive works of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway. The principal church, St. Mary's, was rebuilt in 1885 and could sit 1,750 worshippers. The parochial records for the parish dated from 1570 and contained many curious entries, not least from the Commonwealth period. Other principal buildings noticed were Christ Church, the Catholic Church of St. Teresa, the Corn Exchange, Fire Brigade, Swimming Baths, Flour Mills and Hospitals and many others. In addition to these notices, the Directory also provided information on the Official Establishments, Local Institutions, Magistrates, Urban & Rural Councils, Public Offices, Places of Worship, Schools, Newspapers and Carriers. As with each of the towns and villages noticed, the entry is concluded with an alphabetical list of private residents, a useful adjunct to the 1901 Census. For some of the major towns, additional information, such as local businesses are also provided. The level of detail provided in the Directory of Kent for the market town of Ashford is typical of the Directory as a whole.
The alphabetical list of villages and towns is followed by a county-wide alphabetical listing of Kent private and residents, as well as Trades and Professional Directory for the County. The Directory of Kent is concluded by 178 pages of advertisements from establishments throughout the county, many of which include illustrations and photographs of the advertiser, which will prove of great interest to some readers.
This title is a DOWNLOAD. Please click the link on the receipt to initiate the download. If you would prefer a version on CD-ROM to be posted to you, please select the option below. It will cost an additional 6.00 (ex VAT) which includes all postage charges.
This directory comprises of a general description of the county, its landscape and geology (with map), its infrastructure, council, transport, etc.
A county wide directory of places with their facilities, churches, schools, etc. together with their inhabitants with trades
An alphabetical directory of people with trades
A classified trades and professional directory
Superbly detailed colour map.
This large directory with over 1000 pages is a comprehensive directory of Kent. It includes a fabulous coloured map of the county which folds out to A1 size. Unfortunately a small part of the map has been lost due to age and use, but it is only a very small part.
With incredibly detailed descriptions of the history and topography of each place plus lists of residents with trades. One of the great advantages of a "late" directory such as this is that it is so easy to trace heads of household either by name or street address. (In the main towns each street, and every numbered house is there, together with the head of household and their occupation). Don't think of it as being just a 1940 resource. You will find all branches of your family and their addresses, and then go look at those same addresses in all earlier resources. That's the kind of information that will pull down those brick walls in your earlier research.
A typically comprehensive Kelly's directory with descriptions of every place and alphabetical lists of residents, their trades and addresses.
Includes the original pull out map.
A typically comprehensive Kelly's directory, containing hundreds of names and addresses to help break through the walls in your research. Well indexed and easy to use this book contains lists of private residents and trades people, as well as detailed descriptions of the towns and parishes.
A very comprehensive, late directory. Each town, village and hamlet in the county is described in detail with information about the churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions that your ancestors may have actually used in their daily lives. Each place also has lists of private residents and commercial traders.
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