The Society's Records - Directories
by Tony Storey
This article was originally published in the December 2002 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society
Directories as we know them today first appeared in the 1760s. They can provide us with information about the inhabitants of a town or county as well as a description of the area at the time of publication. The early directories tend to mention only people of a certain social standing, i.e. the gentry or those in professions or business, but most later volumes list all the residents, their full address and their trade.
As well as the famous publications like Kelly’s (first edition 1799) and Pigot’s, there have been numerous local directories published over the years and many may be found in the local history reference sections of major libraries.
One of our current research projects is to build an index to those of our ancestors mentioned in these directories. Work has begun and the publications on the opposite page have already been searched.
It will be immediately apparent that although we have a reasonable selection of data for the south of England, we have hardly anything from the north. Nor do we have anything from outside the UK. Surely these directories are not unique to Britain.
So next time you have a few minutes to spare, why not drop into your nearest main library and see what directories they hold. If your library has a directory edition not in the above list perhaps you could spare an hour or so leafing through its pages, making a note of any entries of interest.
As well as Saul, please note any Sawell or Sawle entries.
As well as Solley, we’re looking for Solly and Soley.
Sewell includes Saywell, Seawell and Suell.
Sole variants include Soal, Soul, Soole, Sowle and Sowell, any of which may appear with an extra ‘e’, ‘l’ or ‘s’.
Please help if you can and either post the information to me or e-mail an attachment, Excel if possible but other formats will do.
A sample of our database, “Sewells with Alcoholic Connections!!”, appears below for your further guidance.
|Surname||Other Name(s)||County||Address||Listed under||Occupation||Year||Source|
|SEWELL||Alfred||Essex||Chapel St||Halstead||brewer||1839||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Anthony||Rutland||High St||Uppingham||maltster||1835||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Benjamin||Essex||High St||Halstead||maltster||1839||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Charles||London||13 Three Crowns Square, Borough||hop merchant||1839||Pigot & Co's: A Directory of London and Its Suburbs|
|SEWELL||Edward||London||Ship & Pilot, 27 Wapping||publican||1846||Kelly's Post Office London Directory - commercial directory|
|SEAWELL||Edwin||Cambs||East Road, Barnwell||Cambridge||beer retailer & baker||1855||Cravens Directory of Huntingdonshire & Town of Cambridge|
|SEWELL||George||London||Holme, Wilson, Sewell & Co, 28 Upper Thames St||distiller||1846||Kelly's Post Office London Directory - commercial directory|
|SEWELL||John||Suffolk||Bungay||innkeeper Falcon||1823||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||John||Lincs||The Bell Houghton||Spilsby, Bolingbroke, New Bolingbroke & neighbourhoods||publican||1830||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Jos||Lincs||Boar's Head Northgate||Sleaford||publican||1830||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Joseph||Essex||The Bell||Baddow (Great)||publican||1839||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Joseph||Essex||Chapel St||Halstead||maltster||1839||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Mary||Leics||Talbot Lane||Leicester||retailer of beer||1835||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Robert||Suffolk||Long Brackland Bury St Edmunds||landlord of Marquess Cornwallis||1840||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Rose||Leics||The Fox Hallerton||publican||1835||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Sarah||Suffolk||Worstead Ipswich||Ostrich Tavern||1840||Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory|
|SEWELL||Sewell & Co||London||28 Upper Thames St||distillers & wine merchants||1839||Pigot & Co's: A Directory of London and Its Suburbs|
|SEWELL||Sewell, Daun & Co||London||28 & 215 Upper Thames St||distillers & wine merchants||1846||Kelly's Post Office London Directory - commercial directory|
|SEWELL||William George||London||Three Compasses 6 White Hart Street, Drury Lane||publican||1846||Kelly's Post Office London Directory - commercial directory|
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