Post Office Directory London 1856


Cat No.:   GB9036:

This massive 2650 page book is probably the most comprehensive London directory we have ever seen. It includes (and you really must read *all* of this!):

Provincial inns for places throughout England and Wales, along with the names of the occupiers and the population total for the town in 1851 taken from the census records from that year. (20 pages)

This book was kindly loaned to us by The Public Record Office in London as part of our ongoing collaboration with them to digitise ALL of their directories.

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The Official directory, 84 pages, an alphabetical list of persons holding situations under The Crown in The East India House, Bank of England and the various law, city and other public offices. Index to Street directory and money order office, 25 pages, an alphabetical list of the streets in the directory. There is no index of areas of London, however we have been through the street index and the following areas are mentioned:

Battersea, Bayswater, Bishopsgate, Blackfriars, Bow, Brixton, Bromley, Brompton, Camberwell, Camden Town, Cheapside, Chelsea, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Covent Garden, Cripplegate, Dalston, Deptford, Finsbury, Hackney, Haymarket, Holloway, Homerton, Hoxton, Islington, Kennington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Lambeth, Limehouse, Marylebone, Mayfair, Mile End, Mile End new town, Newington butts, North Brixton, Notting Hill, Paddington, Pentonville, Pimlico, Poplar, Portland Town, Regents Park, Rotherhithe, Shadwell, Shoreditch, Snowhill, Soho, St George's East, St Giles, St James's, St John's Wood, St Luke's, Stepney, Stockwell, Stratford, Vauxhall, Walworth, Wapping, Westminster, Whitechapel.

Street Directory, at 698 pages this takes up over a quarter of the entire book, street by street lists of people with details of road intersections, positions of churches and schools etc.

The Commercial and Professional directory, 687 pages, an alphabetical list of peoples' names, their professions or trades and their addresses.

Trades directory, 523 pages, this is an alphabetical arrangement of occupations and the names of the people who did them. It starts with Academies (see schools), Accordion Makers, Account Book Manfrs, Accountants etc.

Law Directory, 101 pages of lists of judges, Queens Counsels, barristers, attournies and solicitors plus details of courts of law, police and inns of court. Court directory, 88 pages, an alphabetical list of private individuals and their addresses.

Parliamentary directory, 37 pages, list of Members of both Parliaments. The Members of the House of Commons have their address in their home constituency shown and the Peers in the House of Lords have their eldest son's name listed!

Postal Directory, 37 pages, this details the postal system from London to *everywhere*. For example if one of your ancestors wanted to post a letter to the Falkland Islands.... "Letters are despatched by the Brazil Mail Packet on the morning of the 9th of each month; postage, prepaid, 1s, not exceeding half an ounce, and so on, or if so addressed, by private ship at every opportunity, 8d, not exceeding half an ounce".

City Directory, 120 pages. The Lord Mayor, aldermen, sheriffs, city officers etc. A list of the members of the Common Council, list of brokers, lists of *all* of the Churches of *all* denominations, even the Swiss Protestant Church and even a separate list of every single clergyman of every faith you could imagine!

A list of the Metropolitan Poor Law districts is also included. There are also Banking and Assurance directories plus an advertisements section.