Old Directories

Trades and professions from the 1850s onwards

By Neil Fortey

Introduction
Business and professional Directories from the 19th and 20th Centirues provide a valuable information that compliments censuses and other sources. This page gives a list of Directories with information about Bottesford, Muston and Belvoir parishes. It has been compiled from the database of digitized directories of the Historical Directories project at the University of Leicester. This searchable database will be found at: http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/findbylocation.asp.

Directories from 1854 to 1916
Searching the Historical Directories database for Directories for Leicestershire gives 49 entries. However, several of these have nothing to say about the villages, and a few more give only minor information. This leaves some 19 that include detailed sections on Bottesford, Muston and Belvoir. These were published between 1854 and 1916.

Later Directories
No later Directories are given by Historical Directories at the time of writing, but their publication continued after 1916. Melton Mowbray Library, for instance, holds copies of Kelly’s Directory up to 1941. For details of Bottesford information in Kelly’s for 1928 to 1941 click here.

Directories with detailed sections on Bottesford, Muston and Belvoir parishes, published between 1854 and 1916

Melville & Co.’s Directory & Gazetteer of Leicestershire,  1854

Post Office Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1855

Commercial Directory of Leicestershire, 1861. Published by Drake

Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1861. Published by Drake

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1863 Published by W. White

Harrod & Co.’s Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Staffordshire,1870

Barker & Co.’s Directory for Leicestershire & Rutland, 1875

Post Office Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1876

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1877 Published by W. White

Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1881

Wright’s Directory of Leicestershire, 1887-1888

Kelly’s Directory of Derbys, Leics … [Part 2: Leicestershire & Rutland], 1891

Wright’s Directory of Leicestershire, 1892

Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1895

Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1899

Wright’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1899

Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1908

Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1912

Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1916

Directories with small to very small amounts of information NE Leicestershire villages

Pigot & Co.’s Directory of Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire,1835

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1846

Slater’s Directories of Important English Towns, 1847

Pigot & Co.’s Directory of Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire , 1841

Wright’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1880


This page was added on 22/01/2007.

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