D is for Directories

Picture4Large towns appear in directories from the eighteenth centuries. Small rural areas, such as Buckland Brewer, begin to be included in the nineteenth century. Firstly there is a general description of the area, including information about such things as the terrain, population, places of worship, principal residences, markets, schools and transport links. This is followed by a list of inhabitants. These are usually arranged by trade, with clergy and gentry being follower by bakers, butchers, carpenters and so on. Some directories required people to pay in order to be included, in these cases the entries are understandably less comprehensive. We have copies of Buckland Brewer entries from several directories. There are links to directories of 1868 and 1870 on our Projects and Data page.

 

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