Thousands upon thousands of people listed in this transcript of ancient documents.
Subsidy returns are of very great value to genealogists and historians, since they show the residence of persons, the value of their assessment, and the amount of tax contributed by each, whether on their land or their goods.
Upwards of 16,000 people are listed in this transcript of ancient documents. Practically the whole of the male population of Suffolk with a small sprinkling of women too, from wealthy landowners down to their servants. Effectively a partial census in 1568 with an excellent index as well.
The subsidy was levied at "one fifteenth and tenth of moveable goods and chattels......" The payment subsidy was spread over two years and we have here the return for the second year's payment i.e. one shilling in the pound on movable goods and sixteen pence in the pound on the annual value of lands.
Using this type of tax record is very often the only way to trace your ancestors into this period of time. Another obvious resource is the use of wills but many, many ordinary people either did not make a will or the documents have not survived.
They say that there are only two certainties in life and they are death and taxes!
One of the most important sources of early information for family historians, the Hearth Tax Returns lists every householder in the county in 1674.
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 Suffolk. This publication contains 115 printed pages, of which 51 are a directory of Suffolk.
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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By the late 1830s, the Pigot's directories were becoming more detailed. This one is particularly useful as it was published just before the first census of 1841, and is an invaluable aid to tracking down those elusive ancestors as well as giving detailed information about the towns and villages in the county.
An extremely comprehensive county directory typical of the White's directories. This one includes lots of information on the history of the county and its places, plus the county gazetteer and extensive trades directory.
These are the best of the early directories without doubt.
Book kindly loaned by The Family Records Centre (the PRO) in London.
Another superb William White directory. Incredibly detailed descriptions of each place in Suffolk, along with lists of tradesmens' names and occupations. The White's directories are widely acknowledged as being the very finest available. In comparison to other publishers' directories of a similar period they usually contain about eight times more pages and hence a great deal more detail
Lists every person in the county who owned 1 acre of land or more, with name, place, extent of land and its value.
A later White's Directory. The White's are always the very best, and this is no exception, having a tremendous amount of detail about the county and its history, and the history and current facilities of every town, village and hamlet within the county. Churches, schools, hospitals, carriers and coaches, etc. and of course an extremely comprehensive listing of all residents with trades. This is without doubt one of the most important sources of information for those interested in the county.
An excellent resource for genealogists and family historians. This very comprehensive directory describes each place in the county in great detail with information about schools, churches, hospitals and other institutions.
Each town, village and hamlet has lists of private residents and commercial traders plus there is excellent court directory (an alphabetical list of private individuals in the county) and a classified trades directory.
Republished here is Kelly's Directory of Suffolk, which was published in 1883. Containing some 443 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 Suffolk edition is no exception.
This directory 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 Acton and ending with Yoxford, 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.
Tattingstone is described as a village and a parish one mile from the nearest railway station of Bentley and 5½ miles from Ipswich. Situated in the Eastern Division of the county, Samford Hundred, Union and rural deanery Samford the archdeaconry of Suffolk and Diocese of Norwich. The parochial church of St. Mary was described as a rubble building in the decorative style consisting of a chancel, nave and square tower housing five bells. The parish register dated from 1654. A Wesleyan Chapel could also be found in the parish. The Union House at Samford, was a plain red brick building constructed in 1765 and could house 200 inmates. Lord T. C. C. Western, Bart, was the Lord of the Manor and chief landowner in the parish, which included Tattingstone Place. A large brick mansion, this was situated in a well-wooded park that also contained a large lake and extensive fishponds. Occupied in 1883 by Richard Oliverson, Esq., this was formerly the ancient seat of the Beaumont family. The main produce of the parish were wheat, barley and turnips and the soil described as light, with a subsoil of gravel and sand. The parish of Tattingstone contained 1,637 statute acres and at the time of the 1881 Census contained 535 occupants inclusive of the Union Workhouse. Included in the entry for Tattingstone are details of the parochial educational establishments, post office, carriers and principal local residents and commercial interests. While the village and parish of Tattingstone are relatively small, the level of detail recorded in the directory are typical, with a much greater degree of information provided for the larger towns and cities in the county, especially that for Ipswich, which includes street directories and listing for private residents and commercial interests.
This edition of Kelly's Directory of Suffolk 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 1883. For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the county of Suffolk this fully-searchable 1883 edition of Kelly's Directory of Suffolk is highly recommended.
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A comprehensive directory of the tradespeople of each place in the county along with wonderful descriptions of the local facilities such as churches, schools and hospitals.
Also included is a county-wide court directory (private residents and their addresses) plus a classified trades directory
An incredibly detailed directory of Suffolk. Every place is described in minute detail and has a list of people with their ccupations. The larger towns and villages have alphabetical lists of private residents and the description of Ipswich includes a street by street, house by house directory of residents.
There is also an alphabetical directory of trades with the names and addresses of the people with those occupations. This not just a list of 'professional' people though, it inncludes the ordinary people such as farmers, bootmakers, shopkeepers and bricklayers.
Both of the 1892 directories as shown above and below.
A very comprehensive directory of every town, village and hamlet in Suffolk. Each place is described in great detail and has lists of people with their trades. In the larger towns and villages there are lists of private residents with their occupation and address.
A comprehensive description of every town, village and hamlet in the county along with lists of private residents and commercial traders. Using this wonderful resource you 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.
As with all these late directories, this one is comprehensive and contains in alphabetical order, lists of places, names and trades. Very easy to use and since it's fully searchable you should be able to locate your ancestors in no time at all.
An added bonus is a full street by street directory of the county town, Ipswich.
A very comprehensive county directory with details of each town, village and hamlet such as their schools, churches and other institutions. There are also lists of private residents and commercial traders in those places.
There is also a separate alphabetical directory of private residents which covers the whole county, plus a classifed trades directory and an excellent county map.
Republished here on full-searchable CD-Rom is Kelly's Directory of Suffolk, which was published in 1933. Containing some 688 printed pages, Kelly's Directory, as the then editor correctly noted, was primarily a directory, but also served as the gazetteer for every county for which Kelly's Directory was published, and this Suffolk edition is no exception.
This directory, published with a revised large fold-out map, includes every parish and many of the postal villages 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.
Brockley, a parish and scattered village, situated six miles from Bury St. Edmunds, the nearest railway station; situated in the Sudbury Division of the County, Thingoe Hundred and Rural Division, Thingoe and Thedwastre Petty Sessional Division, Bury St. Edmunds County Court District, Rural Deanery of Horringer, Archdeaconry of Sudbury and Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The Church, dedicated to St. Andrew is in the Old English Style; an ancient stone building consisting of a chancel, nave, south porch and bell tower with three bells. The Church was renovated and restored in 1899 and bears a marble and alabaster tablet dedicated to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War. The Church has 150 sittings and the parochial records date from 1560. The living is a rectory with a value of £726 per annum, including glebe and a residence, the alternate gift of the Marquis of Downshire and Mrs. Nettleship. The parish also contains a Baptist Chapel, erected in 1841. The Manorial rights are held by the trustees of the late Francis Ronald Francis. The soil and subsoil are chiefly clay and the principal crops are wheat, barley, beans, peas and roots. The parish covers 1,538 acres and in 1921 the population returned was 207. The entry for Brockley is concluded by a list of the principal private residents and business in the parish.
While Brockley was a small village and parish within the county of Suffolk as a whole, the level of detail recorded here is typical throughout the directory and details for the the residents of the principal towns and cities of the county, such as Bury St. Edmunds, Ipswich, and Lowestoft are much more extensive.
This edition of Kelly's Directory of Suffolk 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 1933. In addition to these expected but key features of any useful directory this edition also includes some many 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 Suffolk this fully-searchable 1933 edition of Kelly's Directory of Suffolk is not to be missed.
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