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 Northamptonshire. This publication contains 89 printed pages, of which 25 are a directory of Northamptonshire.
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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The Post Office Directories were the fore-runners of (and published by) Kelly & Co. Directories.
This excellent county directory comes with its original 1847 map of the county, that you can zoom in and in to the finest detail.
A special combined edition of all of the above six county Post Office Directories (they are available separately at £11.50 each, or as this combined set at £35.25 (inc VAT).
An excellent directory in three parts: A county wide directory of each town and village, its resdents with trades, and descriptions of the facilities in each place; a Court Directory (alphabetical lists of private residents, although not all) and a Classified Trades Directory for the whole county. The book includes its original county map of 1869.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
First published in London in 1874 and republished here is the second edition of Francis Whelan & Co's History, Topography & Directory of Northamptonshire. Containing 950 printed pages the full title of this publication provides a good indication to the scope of the work: History, Topography & Dictionary of Northamptonshire; Comprising a General Survey of the County, History of the City & Diocese of Peterborough, with separate Historical, Statistical & Descriptive Sketches of all the Towns, Boroughs, Parishes, Villages, Chapelries, Hundreds & Manors, and a Variety of Archaeological, Architectural, Biographical & Geological Information; to which is added, a List of the Seats & Residences of the Nobility, Gentry & Clergy.
Beginning with a number of indices to the volume, the names of magistrates sheriffs, seats of the nobility, fairs, the History, Topography & Directory of Northamptonshire, then provides a 'General History and Description of the County of Northampton'. Extending to some 100 pages, the General History includes descriptions of the state of agriculture, manufactures, geology and geography of the county before tracing the human habitation of the county from the ancient Britons, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes and Normans and the advent of the Feudal system of Government of the county and strangely, perhaps, ending with the death of William the Conqueror. Included in this introductory 160 pages are descriptions of some of the county's antiquities, its ecclesiastical divisions and churches.
Part II of the History, Topography & Directory of Northamptonshire consists of a detailed history of the town of Northampton, an alphabetical directory of merchants and traders as well as an alphabetical directory of classified trades and professions, which occupies over one-hundred pages
The majority of the History, Topography & Directory of Northamptonshire is taken-up by the Towns, Parishes and Villages section of the publication. Containing some 750 pages this details all of the towns, parishes and villages in the county, initially arranged by the hundred in which they are situated. Beginning with Spelhoe Hundred and Higham Ferrers Hundred, the description of the entries, that of the Hartwell Parish within Cleley Hundred serves to illustrate the extant of the detail the reader can expect throughout. Introduced by its geographical location viz the parishes surrounding it, the population of the parish as per the 1801, 1831-71 Censuses of Population are provided. The soil was described as clay and two-thirds of the parish arable with the principal land owner, the Duke of Grafton also being the Lord of the Manor and the parish was rendered Hertewelle in the Doomsday Book. The Manor is described at various periods from the Doomsday Book, the reigns of Henry II, Edward III and Henry VIII in whose reign it came into the possession of the Duke of Grafton. Hartwell Park and the village are also described as the Parish Church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, which was said to be Early English in construction. The parish charities and other religious houses are described as are the gentlemen's seats of Salcey Lodge and Hartwell Lodge. The entry is concluded by a list of the gentlemen residents and farmer in the parish.
While this is the minimum level of detail that can be expected, larger towns cities and parishes, notably Northampton and Peterborough, warrant a much greater degree of description making the History, Topography & Directory of Northamptonshire a must for anyone interested in the history of Northamptonshire and its residents.
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Each town, village and hamlet in the county is described, with details of local history, facilities and institutions to help you understand the lives of your ancestors. Each place has its own lists of private residents and tradespeople.
There are also separate county wide directories of private residents and classified trades.
Kindly loaned to the Project by the Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London.
A comprehensive description of every town, village and hamlet in the county along with lists of private residents and commercial traders. The county town of Northampton also has a fabulous street by street directory of ordinary peopls, as well as those with trades.
Using this wonderful resource you really can build up a picture of where and how your ancestors lived their daily lives.
Also included is a Court Directory (an alphabetical list of private individuals in the county) and a classified Trades Directory which lists the types of trades and the names and adddresses of those who performed those occupations.
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