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."
See the census section of the catalogue
Three books on one CD this is a very early example of Pigot's famous Trade Directories. Each County volume contains lists of individual traders and their occupations in the major towns (not, unfortunately, the smaller villages and hamlets). Each of the towns are described in fine detail with information about schools, churches, the local industries and general setting. See below for a list of towns covered.
Derbyshire: Alfreton, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Belper, Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chesterfield, Derby, Tideswell and Wirksworth.
Lincolnshire: Alford, Barton upon Humber, Boston, Bourne, Brigg (Glamford Briggs or Glandford-Bridge), Burgh, Castor or Caistor, Falkingham or Folkingham, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grimsby, Holbeach, Horncastle, Lincoln, Louth, Market Deeping, Market Rasen, Sleaford, Spalding, Spilsby, Stamford, Tattershall, Wainfleet and Wragby.
Nottinghamshire: Bingham, Mansfield, Newark upon Trent, Nottingham, Southwell, Tuxford and Worksop
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;
Bingham and East Bridgeford, Blythe and bawtry, Mansfield (with Mansfield-Woodhouse, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Blidfield and Kikby), Newark-upon-Trent, Nottingham (with Arnold, Beeston, Gedling, Carlton, Lenton, Woollaton and Old & New Radford), Ollerton (with Edwinstow and Wellow), East & West Retford (with Clareborough and Ordsall), Southwell and Farnsfield, Tuxford (with East & West Markham), Worksop,
704 pages of this very old book of Nottinghamshire published in 1832, with descriptions of towns & villages and 20,000 + named people and their trades, etc.
This book was kindly lent to the project by the Nottinghamshire Archives.
A very rare specialised publication relating to Nottingham, including its history, geography and facilities in 1834 including schools, places of worship, carriers and postal services, etc., together with an alphabetical listing of people with trades, plus gentry, etc., and a complete classified trades directory.
Also included is a fascinating street map of the town as it was in 1834. At this date, the town ends on Derby Road just short of what is now Canning Circus, where there are two windmills, and this map also shows the positions of the twelve windmills on what is now The Forest. The Nottingham canal has been built, but there are no houses south of Canal Street, just open meadows. To the East, a new development of houses is just starting off Carlton Road.
A fabulous classified Trades Directory of Nottingham, accompanied by a general almanack. A very rare resorce indeed.
This edition of the History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County, and of the Town and County of the Town of Nottingham by Francis and John White was published in 1844. With nearly 800 pages this is one of the key resources for Nottinghamshire. The intial part of the publication (over 100 pages) is a history of both the county and the town of Nottingham.
This is followed by an alphabetical street listing of Nottingham, which is then followed by an alphabetical directory of people and their address, and then a directory by profession. The two listings of people run to 100 pages. The town of Nottingham directory is then followed by directories for the various towns, parishes amd hundreds of the county. The subsequent 430 pages is full of enormous detail on each location including listings of many of the inhabitants and trades people. The publication finsihes with the market and port town of Gainsborough. Again there is a full trades directory for the town.
With listings of thousands of names and huge amounts of detials about each of the towns in the county, this is an extrmemly useful resource for anyone doing research in to Nottingham.
"An alphabetical listing of the inhabitants, classification of the professions and trades, a complete register of electors, a brief description of its present state, population, trade, county and poor rates, institutions, public buildings, etc."
This is a most unusual directory for this early period, in that it lists the residents, (rather than just the people with trades). It even includes the framework knitters. Furthermore it states whether they are freemen, freeholders, occupiers (of houses), or journeymen (people who have completed their apprenticeship), together with their addresses.
Book 1 - 1846
Book 2 - 1848-49
Book 3 - 1849-50
Unlike the normal "Poll Books", which were a record of those actually voting, these books contain the names and addresses of all persons entitled to vote in the election for a Member of Parliament.
To be entitled to vote in the elections, a person must have owned a house or some land. These books state the names of the people, their place of abode, the nature of their qualification to vote, and the place where their property is situated. (The 1846 book is just a list of names and addresses of Freemen entitled to vote).
A wonderful book which gives details of who held the leases for land in these two estates, plus the taxes and rents that they paid to the Corporation.
For example: Milton Street. George Shelton, lease expires 1866. Premises leased to John Shelton, namely, a public house in North Street, and two houses in Milton Street, Annual rent and land tax, £16. 16/.
Also the Parishes of Basford, Bridgford, Carlton, Lenton, Radford, Sneinton, Wilford and Wollaton.
This rare book contains some fascinating early advertisements, and an engraving of Nottingham's first passenger railway station.
Sections include an alphabetical listing of residents of the town, with profession and residence, and a classified trades directory. For the surrounding villages, we see an unusually detailed list of people, including cow keepers, framework knitters, etc. in addition to those with businesses and more recognised trades.
An early and very comprehensive Post Office Directory, published by Kelly's.
Every place in the county is well described with details of schools, churches, hospitals etc. and directories of the traders there. Also included are a Court directory of private residents, a classified trades directory and a beautiful map of the county
This localised directory covers the towns, parishes, townships and villages within a 20 mile radius of Sheffield.
Includes: Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Worksop (Notts.) Bawtry, Tickhill, Penistone, Chesterfield (Derbys.) Matlock, Alfreton, Bakewell, Tideswell, Chatsworth, Haddon, Bolsover, Welbeck, Clumber, and more than eight hundred hamlets in the counties of York, Derby and Nottingham
A typically comprehensive White's directory which contains a huge amount of historical and topographical information about the county and all of its towns, villages and hamlets.
When you find an ancestor in the directory you are then able to build a picture of the place where they lived, where their children went to school and the family to church, plus much more besides. All of this is crucial if you wish to understand how your ancestors actually lived.
This is an unusual directory, covering Nottingham itself plus its suburbs, and with the information presented in three ways which makes it really invaluable to the family historian. An alphabetical listing of people, with addresses and trades; a directory of streets, with people and their trades. (And a complete list of yards, terraces, etc., with details of where they are. All the tiny places that are so difficult to locate); a directory of trades, with names and addresses.
The directory also contains: a calendar, an almanack, information on licences, taxes and stamp duties, a historical sketch of Nottingham, general description of the town in 1854, the Arboretum, the Castle, information about Inclosure, list of carriers, places of worship (all churches & chapels), public functionaries, public institutions, etc., magistrates, seats of nobility & clergy, British hotel guide, Borough Register.
And also on the CD (not part of the book) we have added: A detailed street map of Nottingham so that you can find the streets as mentioned in the directory; a map of Nottingham and its suburbs (1860) covering the same area as the directory; a complete original 1860 hand-coloured map of the whole county of Nottinghamshire (J. Archer)
In addition to the directory for the town of Nottingham, this volume also covers the areas of Adbolton, Arnold, Basford, Beeston, West Bridgford, Bulwell, Carlton, Carrington and Sherwood Hill, Cinder Hill, Clifton, Colwick, Edwalton, Gedling, Lenton, Ruddington, Sherwood & Mapperley, Wilford and Wollaton.
A street list, and (rare for this early period) a street directory listing the residents in each. There is also a classified trades directory, together with details of places of worship, public institutions, town functionaries, bankers, the Nottingham conveyance directory, and carriers from the inns.
A superb F. White's Directory with a detailed description and history of every place in the county of Nottinghamshire. Each of the larger places has a list of the streets in the town (not a street directory which names the occupants of each house) and a list of private individuals who could not be assigned a 'trade' plus a trade directory which lists all of the bakers, brewers and butchers etc in that place. The smaller villages and hamlets still have the lists of people and trades, but sometimes not the streets list.
The beauty of these White's directories is that they are so meticulous in their detail. This book for example contains just over 800 pages and an equivalent Kelly's might contain perhaps a quarter of that amount! All in all this is a superb resource for those with an interest in building up a picture of what the place that their ancestor lived in was actually like and also the history behind it too.
A large thick book which, to maintain a high image quality is produced as a 2 CD set.
The Nottinghamshire directory; Grantham, Chesterfield & Gainsborough, plus all the advertisement pages
Book loaned to the project by the Brewhouse Yard Museum.
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
A wonderfully comprehensive directory. as well as the usual County, Court and Trades directories there is a fabulous street by street directory of the City Nottingham and a n excellent county map.
This book was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by the Family Record Centre (the PRO) in London.
A book loaned to the Archive CD Books Project by Paul Nix of Nottingham.
A typically comprehensive Kelly's Directory of the period covering the whole of Nottinghamshire, and describing each town, village and hamlet and its facilities in detail.
An unusual directory in that it contains details of villages in more than one county, covering the whole of Nottingham (and what are now the suburbs) parts of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
And ten miles round the Market Place
Comprising parts of Derbyshire and Leicestershire, and the Townships of Beeston, Hucknall Torkard, Long Eaton, &c.
This directory includes a street by street listing of just about all householders in Nottingham, an alphabetical listing of people, and finally, a classified trades directory. The smaller surrounding places each have their own directory.
Just like the 1894 White's directory, a huge amount of information for family historians is contained within this CD. It exhaustively covers all places in Nottinghamshire, providing great insights into not only the names and addresses of ancestors but also the conditions in which they lived through the historical, statistical and topographical descriptions it provides of each place. Over 800 pages of fantastic family history information.
The register of persons entitled to vote at any election of a member to serve for the Northern division of the County of Nottingham, commencing 1885. There are 8936 electors listed in the register.
Includes the persons full name, residential address and the reason they qualify to vote i.e. freehold land, freehold factory etc
Interestingly it lists the number of properties each person owns and sometimes states what the buildings purpose was, e.g. free hold house and shop, bleach works as occupier.
Indexed by district.
A very useful book for those with Nottingham ancestors.
Scanned from the original edition of 1889. An unusual directory in that it contains details of villages in more than one county, covering parts of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. (But excluding the towns of Nottingham and Derby).
The Directory contains excellent contemporary descriptions of each town and village, its services, and all of the people (with addresses) with trades. The book also has many pages of advertisements for various companies in the district, including Nottingham.
First published in Sheffield by William White Ltd., in 1894 and republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom is the third edition of White's General and Commercial Directory of the Borough of Nottingham. Containing some 567 printed pages the subtitle of the publication indicates the breadth of the directory: including Old and New Basford, Carrington, Sherwood, Bulwell, Lenton, New Lenton, Radford, New Radford, Sneiton, Etc. Followed by a Trades Directory for the County. Although not indicated in the title, in the preface to this edition this Commercial Directory is described as a history, gazetteer and directory of Nottinghamshire, which more aptly describes this publication.
White's Directory is prefaced by a seventy-page description of town and borough of Nottingham. Beginning with descriptions of the parishes and chief market towns that were situated within the parliamentary borough of Nottingham, the Directory then provides a history of the town from its ancient - or more correctly Danish history in about 868 - down to the beginning of nineteenth-century, before embarking on descriptions of the principal buildings and institutions of the town, beginning with the Castle. Numbered amongst the building noticed are the Castle Lodge, Mortimer's Hole, the Hollow Stone, Chapel Bar and the ancient gates and walls of the town. Municipal and Ecclesiastical buildings are described in some detail, beginning with the town's Guildhall. Also described in the introductory section are the town of Nottingham's educational establishments, which include the University and its buildings, colleges, grammar schools and the School of Industry, the libraries, literary institutions, museums, theatres, clubs and charities, concluding with a list of eminent men from Nottingham.
The majority of White's General and Commercial Directory is given over to its various directories, the first of which is the Nottingham Street Directory., which provides an alphabetical street directory for the town covering some 150 pages. This is followed by an alphabetical directory of merchants, traders, etc., for the Borough of Nottingham, which also extends to more than 150 pages. Nearly 180 pages is given over to the final section of the directory, the Nottinghamshire classified trades and professions directory. This alphabetically lists by trades all of the classified tradesmen and women and professional people in the county.
While White's General and Commercial Directory might not carry as much detail on local government, civil authorities and municipal functionaries as Kelly's Directories would, this General and Commercial Directory provides complete street and trades directories for the Borough of Nottingham and will make a valuable addition to those interested in the town and borough of Nottingham.
A description of each place in the county along with directories of private residents and tradespeople. Te city of nottingham also includes a street by street directory.
A Court directory (an alphabetical list of private residents in the county) and a classified trades directory are also included, as well as an excellent county map.
This directory will be an incredibly useful aid to researching the 1891 census.
An ideal companion to the 1901 census just released for Nottinghamshire.
Includes a map of Nottinghamshire, directories of all the county's towns and villages, and for Nottingham, a full street directory.
This one is really very special. It includes a complete street directory of Nottingham and its suburbs, house by house, with names of householders and their occupations, plus a complete alphabetical list of householders (not just traders), and then a classified trades directory.
Another book which will act as a good companion to the 1901 census.
A very unusual book. It contains lists of all the people in Nottingham who rented properties or land from the Nottingham City Council in 1903. Addresses, value of the rental, and even the condition of the properties. Everything from terraced houses to gardening allotments.
This book has now been donated to the Brewhouse Yard Museum in Nottingham.
Including the immediate neighbourhoods:- Arnold, Attenborough & Chilwell, Beeston, Bilborough, Burton Joyce, Carlton and Netherfield, Cinder Hill, Clifton, Colwick, Edwalton, Gamston, Gedling, Holme Pierrepont, Hucknall Torkard, Radcliffe on Trent, Ruddington, West Bridgford, Wilford and Wollaton.
By 1912 we have a very special directory with much more detail. This one includes a section with a complete street by street and house by house directory of Nottingham with all householders. Plus of course, a much more comprehensive county directory. One of its uses is to look at addresses where you know that your family lived in an earlier period, and then to see who is living there now. It is often a relative, and that can be extremely useful in breaking down some of those brick walls in your research.
Includes:- Arnold, Attenborough & Chilwell, Beeston, Bilborough, Burton Joyce, Carlton and Netherfield, Cinder Hill, Clifton, Colwick, Edwalton, Gamston, Gedling, Holme Pierrepont, Hucknall Torkard, Mapperley Plaibs, Radcliffe on Trent, Ruddington, Toton, West Bridgford, Wilford, Woodthorpe and Wollaton, etc.
A book loaned to the project by the Brewhouse Yard Museum in Nottingham. (Illustrated here in its original state before its restoration).
A really excellent directory. Not just trades people. Full street listing with house numbers and head of household. Complete alphabetical name listing. Then the classified trade directory, plus lots of additional information about local institutions, churches, etc.
A typically useful Kelly's directory. It contains street-by-street and even house-by-house lists with the names of the householders in the City of Nottingham as well as the usual lists of trades people.
These books contain vast amounts of information for the family historian, not just names and addresses, although there are hundreds of those, but also the background information on the town or parish where your ancestor's lived.
This book will be an excellent resource for anyone with Nottingham interests.
An incredibly comprehensive street by street directory of the city of Nottingham and its suburbs plus an excellent alphabetical list of residents which acts as an index.. Also included is a classified trades directory.
The people in this directory include many of the most ordinary folk, such as miners, framework knitters and bleachers etc. which explodes the myth that only the higher classes of society made it into the directories.
A typically comprehensive directory of Nottinghamshire with the names and addresses of private residents and tradespeople in each town, village and hamlet. Nottingham itself also has a superb street by street directory.
A very large and comprehensive directory with information about each place and directories with names and addresses of trades people and private residents. The City of Nottingham has an excellent street by steet directory of almost every head of household.
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