Old Books as Family History Sources

County Directories

Cumberland



Cumberland 1855 Slater's Directory

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Cumberland 1901 Bulmer's Directory

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Kelly's 1921 Cumberland Directory

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Available in facsimile on CD.
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This is a complete listing of all known directories for Cumberland up to 1938
1791 Universal Directory of Britain Larger towns and villages in Cumberland only.
1792 Launcelot Smith The Carlisle Directory & Guide.
(This also appears as part of the Universal British Directory, above)
1810 A Henderson A Picture of Carlisle and Directory (xii + 164)
1811 F Jollie Part 1: Carlisle, Longtown
Part II: Places in the west of the county
. 1820 Pigot & Co First Pigot directory. Main towns and villages only
. 1821 Pigot & Co Reprint of 1820
1828 Pigot & Co. First full county directory. Smaller places listed in areas with next nearest town or larger village.
1829 Parson & White History, Directory & Gazetteer of Cumberland & Westmorland, with Furness & Cartmel (732pp)
. 1834 Pigot & Co. Full county directory
. 1837 Pigot & Co. Carlisle only.
1837 James Steel The Carlisle Directory (iv + 88)
1840 Lowes The Carlisle Directory (80pp)
1847 Mannex & Whellan History, Directory & Gazetteer of Cumberland. (xvi + 9-632)
1848 Slater & Co. Full county directory
1851 Ward Penrith & Wigton (in North of England Directory)
1852 Ward Carlisle (Supplement to the above)
1855 Slater & Co. Full county directory
1855 Martineau & Garnett Windermere (in A Complete Guide to The English Lakes).
1858 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland.
1858 H Scott A Directory and Local Guide or Hand Book to Carlisle and Immediate Vicinity.
1861 Morris, Harrison & Co. Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of the County of Cumberland
1870 C Thurnham Directory of the City of Carlisle.
1873 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland
1879 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland
1880 P T Jackson P. T. Jackson & Co's Postal Adress Directory of the City of Carlisle, including Adjacent Villages in Cumberland and Westmorland.
1880 Arthur Arthur's Directory of Carlisle with a Map of the City and Suburbs and a directory of Stanwix.
Also 1884. Pub. A.B. Moss.
1882 Porter Postal Directory for 1882 of Cumberland
(Commercial)
1883 Bulmer Bulmer's 1883 History, Topography and Directory of West Cumberland

This directory concentrates on the towns, villages and hamlets in the Wards of Allerdale, Bootle and Derwent.
Bulmer's directories are widely regaded as being among the most comprehensive available. You will find an incredible amount of historical and topographical information here, as well as superb directories of private residents and trades people.

1884 Bulmer History, Topography and Directory of East Cumberland
1890 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland
1893 C. Clarke Clarke's Business Directory of Carlisle and Wigton
1893 C. Clarke Clarke's Business Directory of Workington, Maryport and Whitehaven
1893 A.E. Middleton Middleton's Commercial Directory for Carlisle
1894 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland 1894

A very comprehensive directory with descriptons of the local facilities and institutions in each town, village and hamlet in the county and directories of private residents and tradespeople. The county town of Carlisle also has a superb street by street directory with the names of the heads of households. Also included is a county wide alphabetical court directory of private residents, a classified trades directory and a wonderful county map.

1897 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland
1901 Bulmer Cumberland 1901 Bulmer's Directory

A very comprehensive and detailed county directory. Each place is described in great detail with information about schools, churches, hospitals and other institutions plus a historical and topographical account. Every town, village and hamlet has a directory of tradesmen and farmers.

As an example the parish of Home St Cuthberts, which had a population of only 753 in1891, has a two page description plus a directory with 110 names in it. As a percentage 110 out of 753 does not apperar to be that high but if you consider that each of those people mentioned will have been the head of a household with a wife and possibly several children you will see that these directories are actually very comprehensive indeed.

1902 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland
1902 J. Beatty & Sons Post Office Carlisle Directory
Also published 1905, 1907, 1910, 1913
Later continued by the Carlisle & District Chjamber of Trade & Commerce, 1920, 1924, 1927, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1940
1904 A.E. Middleton Middleton's Commercial Directory for Workington
1906 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland
1910 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of  Cumberland and Westmorland
1914 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of  Cumberland and Westmorland
1921 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland 1921

Each place in the county has an excellent description of its history and facilities such as churches, hospitals and schools etc., plus directories of private residents and tradespeople. Carlisle also has a superb street by street directory. Also included is a county wide alphabetical list of private residents, a comprehensive classified trades directory and a county map.

1925 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of  Cumberland and Westmorland
1929 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of  Cumberland and Westmorland
1934 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of  Cumberland and Westmorland
1938 Kelly & Co. Kelly's Directory of Cumberland
in a combined volume of  Cumberland and Westmorland

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