Directories - 1980 Edition



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Directories are an informational source of great importance to students of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For the genealogist they help to identify the residence of individual people within narrow time limits; for the social historian they can indicate the internal structures of communities; for the economic historian the relative and changing importance of occupations and industries may be revealed, whilst the historical geographer can plot the spatial distribution of those activities. In few instances are directories undoubtedly better in quality of information than other sources: census enumerator's tallies are more comprehensive and probably more accurate for identifying individuals; rate books can be much preferable for discovering the distribution of occupations; and so on. But directories have the indisputable advantage of being printed and published books, collectively covering most parts of England, with some localities recorded at yearly intervals over long periods.

The catalogue which is printed below is intended to assist use of the directories which relate to the counties of East and West Sussex. It identifies over 850 distinct directories; copies of most are available in the counties' public libraries.

The directories' chronology and geographical coverage follow a fairly clear pattern which reflects the urban development in-the county, especially as it resulted from the 'holiday industry'. Only for the great commercial centres were directories published before the earliest attempt to produce a volume covering more than a single town and its environs, so the first lists for Sussex towns are those in Bailey's British Directory (1784). The places included reflect the old order of importance among Sussex towns which was to disappear so rapidly in the next century: Battle, Lewes, Steyning, Arundel, Chichester on the medieval road from Canterbury; Midhurst and Petworth, market towns on the Rother and the road to Winchester: but the inclusion of Brighton and Eastbourne marked the changes to come. It was for the fashionable watering places that directories appeared from 1799 onwards, often incorporated in guide books and highly selective in the trades and professions listed - with the lone exception of Seagrave's Chichester Guide and Directory (1804). From 1823, the county directory, with brief but growing lists for all places of any importance, made its appearance. 

Rarely did the town directory oŁ the first half of the nineteenth century run to more than two editions (sometimes a guide continued without the directory) and, with the exception of Folthorp's Brighton Directory (1848), it was only in the 1860s that continuing annual or biennial series made their first appearance: Worthing (probably before 1870), Hastings (1876), Eastbourne (1877, Bexhill (1888), Bognor (1900). Similar directories for inland towns were published scarcely any later: Chichester (1870), Hayward's Heath 1879), Lewes (1882), Tunbridge Wells (1882), East Grinstead (1883), Arundel (probably at latest 1887), Horsham (1896). Hence the great majority (about 700) of the directories listed here were published in the 70 years from 1870.

A couple of series died in the first decade of the new century, and one or two more in World War I, but most continued undiminished up to 1940, when all publication ceased. Almost all directories since the Second World War have come from Kelly & Co, and in anything comparable to their pre-war form ceased to be published in the 1970s, being finally driven from the market by the Post Office Telephones' Yellow Pages.

Scope of the catalogue
A fairly rigorous definition of a directory has been adopted in the compilation of this catalogue, though it has been applied with less rigour to volumes of early date (indeed three manuscript lists of inhabitants have been included). The qualifying requirement is: substantial list(s) of names and addresses, with occupations where appropriate, preferably with some pretence to comprehensive-ness, in books which were printed and published. This means the exclusion of, for instance, Osborne's Hastings Guide 1864, in which the 'Commercial Directory' is no more than an indexed collection of tradesmen's advertisements; the long series (in Horsham Museum Society's Library) of Moore's Almanack to which various local publishers added a Horsham Almanack with extensive trade advertising, 1844-1914; Friend's Brighton Almanack clerical, medical, law and educational year-book, published annually in the 1880s and 90s; and West Sussex Gazette, Sussex County Handbook and County Red Book, published annually, c1905 to c1913, which contained an 'Official Directory' of magistrates, councillors and officials. Also excluded are various other types of lists of names and addresses which were published for other purposes, for instance poll books, electoral registers, rate books and telephone directories.

For directories published before 1856, I am heavily indebted to J E Norton's Guide to the National and Provincial Directories of England and Wales excluding London, published before 1856 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1950. To her catalogue I can add only some variant editions of Robson's and Pigot's national directories (which are not detailed here), C Wright's Brighton Ambulator (1818), Phillips and Patching's Brighton Pocket Directory (1827 , W H Masons Fashion-able Handbook .. to Brighton (1841) , the first edition of P M Powell's Hastings Gu1 1819 , two editions of Osborne's Stranger's Guide .. to Hastings
(1836 and 1853), and W Ransom's Hastings and St Leonards Directory 1 Otherwise the catalogue has in the main been compiled from the catalogues o of the main public libraries in Sussex, and of the British Library and Guildhall Library, with a selective examination of the actual volumes. The office collection of Kelly & Co, now held by IPC Business Publications Ltd, at East Grinstead, has not been examined.

Form of the entries
The form of the entries has been influenced by that adopted by G H Tupling (edited by S Horrocks ), Lancashire Directories 1684-1957 (Manchester, 1968) which is an exemplar of what might be produced for Sussex, especially in regard of indexing. But Tupling lists, chronologically, 1052 directories in 64 pages - far greater length than is possible here. Accordingly, to allow a series of directories to be summarized in one entry, the arrangement is by the town to which a directory is primarily devoted, with a separate list, 'National and County', for volumes covering a substantial part of the county or several towns. Within each town's list, the order is by date at which the first known volume in the series appeared. This allows the continuity of a series under various names to be indicated; it may also be the arrangement most convenient to students, whose interest is often to trace a person or business or trade known to have been active in a given locality. For smaller places which have not commanded their own directories, the volumes listed under 'National and County' and under neighbouring towns needs to be scrutinised. Some cross-references between town lists are given.

The entries aim to give sufficient information to allow a directory to be identified with certainty. The basic form, from which there are self-explanatory departures, is as follows:

  1. name of publisher or other name by which the directory is likely to be known, IN CAPITALS
  2.  short title. Minor changes of title are ignored.
  3. place of publication, and publisher if not already given.
  4. notes, if any, on the contents etc.
  5. dates of surviving editions (though it is often apparent that there were editions of which no copy has been traced). If the directory is 'for 1873', 1873 is the date given, though publication may have been in the previous year; 'for 1873-4' is given as 1873.
  6. repositories of copies, indicated by the abbreviations given below. The aim is to note copies in Sussex libraries or, failing that, in London or Oxford libraries. The copyright libraries hold copies of many more Sussex directories than are indicated, but their catalogues do not identify editions and it is impractical to examine numerous long runs. Other copies of pre-1856 directories may be listed by Norton. The dates following the library abbreviation refer directly to the list of surviving editions. Thus 'Br 1873-'95' means that Brighton Area Library has copies of all the known editions which appeared between 1873 and 1895 inclusive, and not necessarily that it has copies of editions for every year between those dates. If no date follows an abbreviation, the library in question has copies of all known editions. The first list of this catalogue was published in 1969, and the locations recorded there have not been checked for this third edition. It is possible that since 1969 individual volumes have been moved between branches of each county Library service. 

Abbreviations used in the entries




  British Library Reference Division, London WClB 3DG 
(see British Museum, General Catalogue of Printed Books ... to 1955, 
especially vo1.53, under 'Directories (II, Local)').


  Bodleian Library, Oxford


  Brighton Area Library, ESCL


  Chichester Library, West Sussex County Library


  Eastbourne Area Library, ESCL


  East Sussex County Library headquarters, St Anne's Crescent, Lewes


  East Sussex Record Office, Pelham House, St Andrew's Lane, Lewes


  Guildhall Library, Basinghall Street, London EC1


  Hastings Area Library, ESCL


  Hastings Museum


  Hove Area Library, ESCL


  Institute of Historical Research, University of London


  Lewes Area Library, Albion Street, Lewes, ESCL


  private collection


  Public Library


  Sussex Archaeological Society Library, Barbican House, Lewes 
(normally open to members only)


  Sussex Family History Group (normally open to members only) 

SGC  Sussex Genealogical Centre


  Worthing Library, West Sussex County Library


  West Sussex Record Office, County Hall, Chichester 

I am most grateful to Mr E J Upton who explored collections in Hastings for the first edition and to Mr M J Leppard who, by allowing me to reproduce his 'First List of East Grinstead directories' from The Bulletin of the East Grinstead Society, no.11 (Jan 1973), multiplied my original list for that town tenfold. This third edition includes the directories in the Horsham Museum Society's Library of which Mr A D Windrum kindly sent me a list.

Thanks are also due to all the librarians who helped me as I made my enquiries by visit, letter and telephone and to Mr M J Burchall, my publisher.

It will be evident from the catalogue that more directories were published than I have traced; are, for instance, the first ten editions of Moore's Chichester Directory or the first 13 of The Arundel Year Book, new series, not to mention the old series, waiting to be discovered? I will be pleased to hear of any additions.

Further reading
Norton 1950 discusses the origin and development of directories, their authorship and methods of compilation, down to the mid-nineteenth century. I do not know of any systematic study of directories over the following century. J L Oliver, 'Directories and their use in geographical enquiry', Geography, 49 (1964), 400-409, offers a general survey with examples from the furniture industry in London and High Wycombe. A few articles have highlighted the limitations of directories as revealed in studies of specific localities. G Shaw, 'The content and reliability of nineteenth-century trade directories', Local Historian, 13, no.4 (1978),205-9, suggests that the large national or regional publisher produced more reliable directories than small local publishers, and that, by reference to Hull, omissions varied in extent from trade to trade but tended to be larger in respect of the growing Victorian suburbs. D Page, 'Commercial directories and market towns', Local Historian, 11, no.2 (1974), 85-88, compares two directories of 1861 and 1862 with the 1861 census for the small town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, suggests that locally published directories should not be dismissed too readily, and shows that some occupational groups were more fully recorded in the directories than others. W K D Davies, J A Giggs and D T Herbert, 'Directories, rate books and the commercial structure of towns', Geography, 53 (1968), 41-54, studying South Wales, refer to the extent of the same business being entered more than once in a directory. The only study using Sussex directories extensively is B Thompson, 'The growth of manufacturing in the Brighton conurbation 1901-1963' (unpub. M Phil thesis, University of Sussex, 1967): partial summary in 'Brighton's manufacturing industry', Geography, 54 (1969), 181-5.
John H Farrant

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Catalogue -
WILLIAM BAILEY Bailey's British D for 1784, volume the Fourth. The Eastern D. London. Sussex coverage: Arundel, Battle, Brighton, Chichester, Eastbourne, Horsham, Itchenor, Lewes, Midhurst, Petworth, Shoreham, Steyning. BL, IHR, Gh, SAS (MS transcript).

THE UNIVERSAL British D. Peter Barfoot and John Wilkes, London, in 5 volumes: vol.2, 1793 (partly revised edition 1797/8): covers Arundel, Battle, Brighton, Burwash, Chichester, Crawley, Cuckfield; vol.3, 1794 (partly revised editions 1795, 1799): covers Eastbourne, East Grinstead, Hastings, Horsham, Lewes, Midhurst; vol.4, 1798: covers Petworth, Rye, Shoreham and neighbouring villages (Kingston, Lancing, Old Shoreham, Portslade, Southwick), Steyning, Tarring and neighbouring villages (Broadwater, Clapham, Durrington, Ferring, Findon, Goring, Patching, Sompting, Worthing), Winchelsea. BL, Gh, IHR, Bod, Bristol PL, Ha (vol. 3 only), SAS (MS transcript of Sussex lists).

WILLIAM HOLDEN Holden's Annual London & County D for 1811. London. In 3 volumes: Sussex coverage: vol.2, Chichester; vol-3, Arundel, Brighton, Hailsham, Hastings, Horsham. Ch.

HOLDEN'S Annual D, in 5 parts (no class Fourth known to exist):
Class the Fifth, 1814 (calico, cotton, silk, woollen trades). BL, Gh, Manchester PL. Class First, 1816 (merchants, shipowners, bankers etc). BL, Gh, Bod, Manchester PL, Birmingham PL.
Class Second, 1816 (agents, brokers, brewers and other trades connected with commerce). BL.
Class Third, 1816 (metal trades). BL, Birmingham PL.
Sussex towns included: Arundel, Brighton (Class the First only), Chichester, East Grinstead, Hailsham (not Class Third), Hastings, Horsham.

JAMES PIGOT Pigot & Co published four directories of Sussex; each was re-issued and bound up in differing combinations of counties. The title is usually 'London & Provincial D for .. ' The dates given are as on the volumes.
1823-4; re-issued in 1824. Br, Gh, BL, Folkestone PL.
1826-7; re-issued in 1827-8 and 1828-9, with cancel titles. BL, Gh, Br (Sussex section only), HaM; ESRO & SGC (xerox copy of Sussex section of 1828-9 issue).
1832-3-4; re-issued later in 1832. Br, BL, Gh.
1839; re-issued in 1840. Ha, HaM, Wo, WSRO, BL, Ch.

THE WATERING PLACES of Great Britain & Fashionable D. London. This work was issued in parts, but never completed, between 1831 and 1833, with I T Hinton and Joseph Robins successively publishers. The d. cover gentry and trades likely to be patronised by fashionable visitors. Sussex towns included: Bognor, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lancing, Littlehampton, Rye, St Leonards, Worthing. BL. SAS has copy 1831 including all towns except Lancing.
A revised and extended text, with a new edition of the d, was published in 1833. Margate PL. Re-issued with revisions to the d, in the same year. PC. Continued as:-

THE FASHIONABLE GUIDE & D to the Public Places of Resort in Great Britain. published by T Fry, London, 1840. Margate PL.

WILLIAM ROBSON Robson's D of London & the Six Home Counties. London. 1838. The Sussex section was re-issued in volumes containing varying combinations of counties and, if dated at all, dated 1839. Gh, Swindon PL, SAS.

KELLY The Post Office D for the Six Home Counties. London. The Sussex d. was usually re-issued as an independent volume, often in the year following original publication, possibly with some updating which only detailed examination will reveal. Editions in 1845,1851,1855,1862,1866,1870,1874,1878. Continued as:-

KELLY's D of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The Sussex d. was re-issued as an independent volume. Editions in 1882,1887,1890,1895,1899,1903,1905,1907,1909,1911,1913,1915, 1918,1922,1924,1927,1930,1934,1938.
Br 1845,'55,1866-1938. Ch 1851,'62,'66,'74,'78,1890-19o9,'15-'24,'30-'38. ESCL 1874, 1907,'15,'22,'27-'34. ESRO 1855,'66,'78,'87,'95,1915,'18,127,'38. Ho 1862,'87,1899. 1938. Ha 1851,'59,162,'70,'78,1938. HaM 1866. SAS 1855,'62,'74,'78,1915,'18,'22,'24,
'30,'34,'38. SFHG 1862,'87,1911,'13 '22,'38. SGC 1927,'34. Wo 1855,'66,'74,'78, 1890-1915,'22,'27-'38. WSRO 1851-66,174,'78,'82,187,'95,199,1903-09,'13-'22,'27-'38.

F R MELVILLE & Co. D and Gazetteer of Sussex. Collingridge. 1858.
Br, Ch, Ho, Ea, Wo, WSRO, SAS, Gh.

R SIMPSON & Co's Lewes, Reigate, Redhill d and Court guide= including Eastbourne, Seaford, East Grinstead, Newhaven, Horsham and district. 1865. Br.
The Horsham section appears in ... Reigate, Redhill and Guildford D and Court Guide. 1865. Ch.

J G HARROD & Co's Postal & Commercial D of Sussex. London. 1867. SAS

C W DEACON & Co. Deacon's Court Guide, gazetteer and county blue book ... Sussex . First edition. London. 1881. Br, Ea, ESCL, Ha. Continued as:-
The Sussex Court Guide and County Blue Book 1894. Br, SAS.

W T PIKE'S Local Blue Book and D of the Eastern or Rye Parliamentary Division of Sussex for 1885-6. Hastings. Ch, HaM.

W T PIKE'S District Blue Book: Northern or East Grinstead Parliamentary Division of Sussex for 1886. PC.
PIKE'S Local Blue Book and D of the Southern or Eastbourne Parliamentary Division of Sussex for 1886. Hastings. Br, SAS.
? the above three d's amalgamated into: W T PIKE'S East of Sussex D & Blue Book. Hastings. Covers Rye, East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Hastings. Editions in 1886,'87. Ha.

BENNETT'S Business D for Sussex. Birmingham, Editions for 1902,'03,'04,'07. Br.

TOWN AND COUNTY DIRECTORIES LTD. Brighton and district trades' d. Edinburgh. Editions for 1904,'09,'10,'12,'18. Continued as:-
Brighton and Sussex Traders' d. Editions for 1921-24,'27,'28,'36,'37. Br 1904,'28. ESRO 1912. Wo 1909-27. WSCL 1936,'37.

THE ROBINSON PRINTING CO LTD. Sussex Blue Book and Court D, 1905. Brighton. Wo. 

HORACE FOX Who's Who in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. London. 1911. Ha, SAS.

J PARK Brighton, Hove and Sussex D, 1930-1. London. Br.

EBENEZER BAYLES & SON LTD. Who's Who in Sussex. Worcester. 1935. Ha, SAS, BL.

AUBREY & CO. Kent, Surrey and Sussex D. Walsall. Annual editions for 1935-38. BL.

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A W LAPWORTH The Arundel Year-Book . containing Directories for the Town and Neighbourhood. Arundel. Editions for 1900 ('New Series, no.14') and 1901. Br. See also BOGNOR: PIKE, 1910,'12.

DOWNSBOROUGH'S Guide and D of Bexhill-on-Sea. Bexhill. Editions for 1887,'88 and '89 ('Third year of publication'). In 1889 edition the publisher pointed out 'that these maps if preserved will form a valuable yearly record of the progress of the town'. J Downsborough was a surveyor and estate agent; the maps of 1888 and 1889 are indeed updated. Perhaps continued as:-

BEXHILL PRINTING & PUBLISHING CO. The "Chronicle" Bexhill-on-Sea D, Almanack and Guide. Bexhill. Editions for 1891 ('Fourth year') and 1892. Continued as:-
The Bexhill d, year book, and illustrated almanack. Editions for 1900 and 1904. BL 1888,'91,1900. Bod 1887-89. Ha 1892,1904.

PIKE'S Bexhill D with South Coast map, guide and register. Garnett, Mepham & Fisher Ltd, Brighton. 1923. Br.

See also: Hastings: KELLY, 1888,'89,1897-1914,'19,'21-40. PIKE, 1890-1939 and PARSONS 1894,1910.

WEBSTER & WEBB The Bognor, Aldwick, Felpham and South Bersted d. and almanack. Bognor. Editions annually for 1900-08,1910-13,'15,'17.. Br 1900,'05,'06. WSRO 1900-05,'07,'08,'10-'13,'15,'17.

PIKE'S Bognor, Littlehampton, Arundel and District Blue Book and Local D. Garnett, Mepham & Fisher Ltd, Brighton. Editions for 1910,'12. BL. Br 1910. WSRO 1912.

ACFORD'S Bognor 'Observer' D. Chichester. Editions for 1922,'24,'27,'32. WSRO

KELLY'S D of Bognor Regis and Neighbourhood. London. Annual editions from 1929 to 1940. Publication recommenced in 1950. Ch 1929-40. Br 1929,'33.'36,'37,'39. WSRO 1936.

See also: Chichester: KELLY, 1900-06,'08.

EDWARD COBBY The Brighthelmston D for 1799. Brighton. Second edition - no copy of the first edition traced. Br. Partially revised edition, 1800. Br, Ho. Reprinted in J G Bishop, A Pee into the Past: Brighton in the Olden Time (Brighton, 1880,1892).

J V BUTTON The Brighton and Lewes Guide. J Baxter, Lewes. 1805. Short d. of tradesmen and professions at end. Br, SGC, ESRO (xerox-copy).

C WRIGHT The Brighton Ambulator. London. 1818. Part VIII covers trades and professions likely to be patronised by fashionable visitors. Br, Gh.

J BAXTER & CO. The Stranger in Brighton & Baxter's New Brighton D. Brighton. 1822. Br, Ho, Ch. Another edition: 1824. Br, ESRO, Ho, Ch.

T H BOORE Brighton Annual D & Fashionable Guide. Brighton. 1822. Br, Ch.

PHILLIPS AND PATCHING Brighton Pocket d. and tradesmen's general advertiser and memorandum book. Brighton. 1827. Wo.

T A SWAYLAND & J GILL A New D for Brighton for 1832. Brighton. Br. Re-issued with a cancel title: The Brighton D for 1833. Br.

LEPPARD & CO's Brighton D for 1839-40. Brighton. Br, Ho, Ch. Continued as:-Brighton & Hove D. Editions for 1843: Gh (revised, July 1843: Br, Ho); and 1845: Br, ESRO. Revived as:-

W J TAYLOR The Original Brighton & Hove D, including Cliftonville. Fourth issue, July 1854. Brighton. Br, Ho, Wo, Ch.

W H MASON'S Fashionable Handbook for Visitors to Brighton. Brighton. Covers trades and professions likely to be patronised by fashionable visitors. Editions in 1841: Br; c1844 ('Second edition' n.d.): BL. A further edition of ?1846, at Br contains no d. material.

KELLY & CO Post Office Brighton D. London. 1846. Br, Gh, BL.

ROBERT FOLTHORP The Court Guide & General D for Brighton. Brighton. Editions, with minor variations in title, and the inclusion of Hove from 1852, in 1848,'50,'52,'54 (court only),'56,'59,'61 (court only),'62,'64. Continued as:-

PAGE'S - late Folthorp's - Court Guide etc. Editions in 1865,'66,'67 and annually from 1869 to 1895. The break in 1868 is more apparent than real; in the three years before, the d. was corrected to October or December, and published before the end of the year; in 1868, the d. was again corrected to December, but was published early in 1869: the pattern persisted thereafter. Continued as:-

TOWNER'S - late Page's - Brighton and Suburban D. Editions annually from 1896 to 1909.
Br all editions. Ho 1848,'50,'56-'94,'96,'98,'99,1902,'04-'09. BL 1848,'59-'64,'66, '67,'70-'73,'77-1909; the BL series seems to be catalogued by the year on the cover which may differ from that on the title page: its copy for 1868 is for 1867 as listed here. Wo 1850,'56,'72,'83. SAS 1862. ESRO 1886.

WILLIAM PEARCE (late Wallis) The Brighton Court Guide and General D. 'Brighton Times' Office, Brighton. 1863. PC.

SIMPSON & CO Simpson's Brighton & Cliftonville D and Court Guide. London. 1864. Br, Gh.

MATHIESON'S Brighton and Suburban D. John Beal, Brighton. Annual editions from 1868 ('2nd annual edition') to 1871. Br 1868-71. Wo.1869. Gh 1868-70.

WATKINS & CO The' Brighton, Kemp-Town, Hove and Cliftonville Court D. London. 1871. Br, Wo.

W T PIKE The Brighton Quarterly D and Sussex Court Guide. Brighton. Editions in: June 1872, October 1872, February 1873, June 1873, March 1874, November 1875. BL June 1872-April 1874. Gh November 1875. 
Continued as:-
PIKE & IVIMY'S Brighton and Hove D for 1877. Brighton. Ho.

R E STEVEN & CO's Brighton Shilling D and Court Guide, including Hove, Cliftonville and Preston. Brighton. Printed by A M Robinson & Son. Editions in 1875 (First Edition) and 1876. Br.

A M ROBINSON & SON Robinson's Popular Brighton D. Editions in 1884 (?first edition), 1885 and 1886. Br 1884,'86. BL 1885.

W T PIKE'S Brighton and Hove D and Local Blue Book. The earliest volume was published by Pike and printed by Robinson; from the early 1890s the d. was pub-lished and printed by Robinson, Son and Pike, and from the late 1890s by the Robinson Printing Co Ltd, until that firm was superceeded by Garnett, Mepham and Fisher Ltd. Annual editions from 1887 to 1939. Br all editions. Ho 1888,1902,'03, '05-'13,'15-'39. SAS 1926. SGC 1939. WSRO 1938. ESRO 1891,1910,125,'32,'38.

WALSER AND GRIST Walser's Popular Shilling D for Brighton, Hove and Preston. Hove. Annual editions from 1888 to 1892. Continued as:-
The Popular D ... 1893. Continued as:-

A M GRIST ... 1894. Publication continued by:-

H & J BARNES ... 1895,'96.
Br 1888-'96. The edition for 1892 is announced as the ninth.

JAMES WALSER Walser's Hove d. court guide and year Book, 1887. Hove. Br

KELLY'S D of Brighton, Hove and Preston. London. Editions, with minor variations of title for 1889, annually 1892-1906, 1913-20, 1922-40.
Br 1893-1906,'20,'22,'23,'24,'26-'40. Ho 1900,'13-'19,'23-'40. Gh 1889,'92,'97-1940. SAS 1925. WSRO 1925. SGC 1937,'39-140.

JAMES WALSER Walser's Brighton, Hove and Preston Court Guide. Hove. 1895 (first edition). Br.

SPEER'S Complete Street D of Hove, Including Aldrington (The White Book) for 1900. 'Hove Gazette' Printing & Publishing Cc Ltd, Hove. Apparently this is the first edition. BL.

THE ROBINSON PRINTING CO LTD Who's Who & Where. The Illustrated Year Book of Hove. Brighton. 1907. Ho.

J Goodwin, Burwash and the Sussex Weald (n.d.), 83-5, reprints a poetical d.of 1804.

GOODWOOD HOUSE MS. List of the Numbers of Persons within the City of Chichester 31st December 1740. This list, which is arranged by streets and gives the names of households, is not a directory within the definition given above. The MS is in .WSRO which has published a transcript, as Lists and Indexes, No.1 (1954). WSRO, ESCL,Gh.

The sections relating to Chichester in Bailey's British D 1784, and in Pigot's Royal, National and Commercial D 1839, are reprinted in F W Steer's Some Chichester Tradesmen, Chichester Paper No.17 (1960).
Xerox-copies of the sections relating to Chichester in The Universal British D 1793, Holden's Annual London & County D 1811, Pigot's London and Provincial D 1823-4, and Robson's D 1838, are at WSRO.

J SEAGRAVE The Chichester Guide and D. Chichester. n.d. ?1804. Br, Ch.

WILLIAM HOLDEN Holden's Triennial D for 1805,1806,1807 ... second volume. London. Re-issued in 1808. Chichester is the only Sussex town included. BL, Gh, Bod. Likewise Chichester is the only Sussex town in the next edition: Holden's Triennial D for 1809,1810,1811 (second volume). BL, Gh.
For further directories by Holden see National and County section.

J W MOORE Chichester d., handbook and almanack. Chichester. Editions for 1880 ('11th year of publication'), 1887,'89,'90,'91,'92,1900. Ch 1880-'90. Wo 1891,'92,1900. Br 1900.

KELLY'S D of Chichester, Bognor and Littlehampton. London. Annual editions for 1900-1906, and for 1908. BL 1900-'08. Gh 1900-'08. Br 1900,'01. WSRO 1900,'03;
revived as:
KELLY'S D of Chichester and Neighbourhood. London. Annual editions for 1929-1932. Continued as:-

KELLY'S D of Chichester, Selsey and Neighbourhood. Annual editions for 1933-1940. Publication recommenced in 1950.
Gh 1929-'40. Ch 1931,'34-'40. Br 1929,'33,'36,'37,'39. WSRO 1934, '36-40

JACOBS & SONS Chichester D (business & private residents). Chichester. Editions for 1903 and 1905. WSRO.

THE 'OBSERVER' Chichester & District D. Acfords, Chichester. Editions for 1907,'08, '09,'11,'14,'22,'23 (23rd year of publication). Ch 1923. WSRO 1907-'22.

W G & T R WILLIS Willis' D & Handbook of Chichester City. Chichester. 1934 (1st edition). Ch.

WILLETT'S Illustrated D, Almanack and Diary, for Crawley, Ifield, Worth, Three Bridges, Copthorne, Turner's Hill, Crawley Down, Horley, Charlwood, Rusper, Slaugham, Handcross, Staplefield, Colgate & District. Crawley. A E Willett. Title and coverage varies: Three Bridges and Slaugham omitted in 1907 and '08; Faygate and Lowfield Heath included from 1907, Pease Pottage and Warninglid from 1909. Editions in 1903 (not seen), 1907-'16. PC 1903. BL 1907-'16. Crawley PL 1916. See also: Horsham: PIKE, etc. 1898-1939.

Crowborough and neighbourhood are often included in directories primarily devoted to Tunbridge Wells.
JOHN COLBRAN Colbran's Handbook & D for Tunbridge Wells & Its Neighbourhood. Tunbridge Wells. The list of gentry only covers the Crowborough District. Editions in ?1847 (see p.29), 1849 and 1850. The fourth edition, 1852, has no relevant material. Bod 1847. Tunbridge Wells PL 1849,'50.

R PELTON Pelton's Shilling d. to Tunbridge Wells and ... Crowborough, Eridge, Frant, Groomsbridge, .. Mark Cross .. Rotherfield.. Tunbridge Wells. Editions for 1882,'95,'96, annually for 1898-1903, and for 1905-'18. Tunbridge Wells PL 1895-1918.

GEORGE STEVENS D of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and neighbourhood. 1886. Tunbridge Wells PL.

KELLY'S D of Tunbridge Wells, Southborough, Tonbridge, and villages in the neigh-bourhood. London. Editions for 1889 (?first edition), 1892,'95,'96,'98, annually -for. 1900-'05,'07,'09, annually for 1911-'17,'19, '20, annually for 1922-,40.
Gh 1889,'95-1902,'04-'35,'37-'40. Br 1900,'14 '16,'20,'24-'26,'30-'33,'35-'37,'39. Tunbridge Wells PL 1892,'96,1903.

PALMER'S Poetical Directory of the Inhabitants of East Ggrinstead, 1 Nov 1799. East Grinstead. Trades and professions only, surnames only. Sussex Archaeological Society muniments (SM 167). Reprinted in East Grinstead Observer, 7 Nov 1896 and in East Grinstead Parish Magazine, Jan 1939.

E STEER East Grinstead Illustrated Almanack & Diary with Local D & Compendium, NoA 1886. East Grinstead. PC.

E STEER Forest Row, Ashurst Wood, Hammerwood & District Annual General D, Illustrated Almanack & Diary, No. 1, 1887; No.2, 1888. East Grinstead. PC.

W H DIXON Dixon's East Grinstead family almanack and d. for 1894. East Grinstead. Continued as:-
.... East Grinstead, Ashurst Wood, and Forest Row ... 1901. Continued as;-.... East Grinstead, Ashurst Wood, Forest Row and Haywards Heath ... 1916. PC 1894,1916. Br 1901. Wo 1901.

HY W CULLEN East Grinstead Annual General D, Illustrated AlmAnack & Diary, No. 1, 1896. East Grinstead. PC.

CULLEN'S The East Grinstead D. March 1928. East Grinstead. PC.

EAST GRINSTEAD CIVIC LEAGUE & INQUIRY BUREAU East Grinstead d ... April 1923. East Grinstead. PC.

KNIGHT'S Visitor's Guide to Eastbourne. Battle. n.d.(?1850s). Lists magistrates, clergy, physicians and gentry only. Gh.

SAMUEL HALL Homely Herbert's Eastbourne Guide and Visitor's D. Eastbourne. Court d. only. A J Coombes (Bookseller) List 23,1858. Ea, 1859. SAS 1862.

GOWLAND'S Eastbourne D. Eastbourne. Editions for 1877, annually for 1891-1917, and for 1920-'25. Continued as:-

KELLY'S D. of Eastbourne and neighbourhood. London. Annual editions for 1926-'40. Publication recommenced in 1946. Ea 1877-1940. Br 1926,'23,'29. SAS 1894,1934. ESRO 1894.

GEORGE F CHAMBERS A Handbook of Eastbourne ... with an alphabetical list of private residents by George F Chambers. 13th edition, 1881-2, Gh. 21st edition 1890, ESRO. PIKE'S Eastbourne Blue Book and Local D. Robinson, Son & Pike, Brighton. Editions for 1888 (?6th edition) annually 1890-1908. Publication continued by:-
The Sunny South Press. Annual editions 1909-'11. Continued as:-

PIKE'S Eastbourne, Hailsham and district Local D. Garnett, Mepham & Fisher Ltd. Annual editions for 1912-'18, for. 1920-'34, and for 1936-'39. Bod 1890-1912. Ea 1890,1909,'14,'16-'39. Br 1890-,',1901-'04,'06,'14-'16,'20-'21,'23-'29,'32,'34, '36. Gh 1888. ESRO 1894,.97,1928,'34.

See also: Hastings: BUTCHER, COLE & CO, 1874. 

PIKE'S Hailsham, Pevensey and Local District Blue Book & D. Robinson Printing Co Ltd. Brighton. Editions for 1906 (1905-6 on cover),1907. Br.

Hailsham Almanac and Commercial Advertiser, 1869. Hailsham Almanac and D., 1898.
Not seen: listed in Brian Short (ed), The String Town Hailsham 1870-1914, Univ. of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education Occasional Paper No. 1 (Brighton, 1980), 33,80.

See also: Eastbourne: PIKE, 1914-'39. 

P M POWELL Hastings Guide. A Guide to the Lodging Houses ... Hastings. Little d. information, but the list of lodgings give the occupations of some of the owners. Editions in 1819: Ha, Br; ?1820 ('Second edition') BL, Gh; ?1823: BL, ESRO, Ham; 1825: BL, ESRO, Ham, Ch. The fifth and subsequent editions do not contain much information.

H OSBORNE Osborne's Stranger's Guide and Commercial D to Hastings & St Leonards. Hastings. Editions in 1836: Ham; 1852: Ha; 1853: Ha; 1854 (court, clergy, solicitors and surgeons only), Br, Ham, ESRO.

W RANSOM, sen. Hastings & St Leonards D. (Supplement to the 'Hastings & St Leonards News') Hastings. 1854. Ham.

R SIMPSON & CO Simpson's Hastings & St Leonards Court Guide. London. 1865. Ha, Ham. MATHIESON'S Hastings & St Leonards D for 1867-8. First issue. Burg & Daniel, St Leonards. BL, Ha.

PARSONS & COUSINS Hastings & St Leonards D. Hastings. 1871. Ha.

BUTCHER, COLE & CO's Hastings, St Leonards and Eastbourne d (including the neigh-bourhood), for 1874-5. Hastings. Br.

PIKE & IVIMY'S Annual Hastings and St Leonards d. and Sussex Court guide. Hastings. 1876 (?first edition). 
Continued as:-
W T PIKE'S Hastings & St Leonards D and Local Blue Book. Hastings. Annual editions from 1877 to 1889. Continued as:-
PIKE'S Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill d. and local blue book. Robinson, Son and Pike/Robinson Printing Co Ltd, Hastings. Annual editions from 1890 to 1912. Continued as--.-
PIKE'S Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill and Battle D & Blue Book. Crowhurst, Ninfield, Westfield, Fairlight, Catsfield are covered from 1928. Annual editions from 1913 to 1939. Ha 1876,'78,'80,'84-1903,1905-'20,'22-'28,'30-'36,'38,'39. Ham 1880-'81,'83-'93,'95-1939. Br 1876,'77,'79-'82,''91,'92,194,1902-'05.'07. ESRO 1935. SGC 1932. 

JOHN RANSOM Hastings and St Leonards D and Guide. Hastings; printed by Hutchings & Crowsley, London. Editions for 1882: Ha, Br; 1883: Br; 1885: Ha, BL.

KELLY'S Hastings and St Leonards D. London. Bexhill is also covered. Editions for 1888 (1st edition),1889,'94, annually 1897-1914,'19, annually 1921-'40. Publication recommenced in 1948. BL 1888. Gh 1889,'97-1914, '21-'40. Br l900-'01,'19,'21,'24, 10
'25 '27,'28,'30-'34,'36-'40. Ha 1897,1913,'21,'28-'30,'37,'40. Ham 1894,1938-'40. ESRO 1935.

E J PARSONS Parsons' Hastings & St Leonards & District D & Local Red Book. Hastings. Editions for 1894 (1st edition): BL, Ha, Ham; 1910: Ha.

C CLARKE Clarke's Local d. and year book for Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Lindfield, Burgess Hill, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks. Haywards Heath. Editions for 1879, 1880 ('second year'),'82,'84,'85,'87,'88. 
Continued as:-
Clarke's Illustrated Mid-Sussex D and Year-book, and as the Mid-Sussex D. Editions annually 1890-'96, 1900-'17,'22,1924-'40. Br 1880,'87,'88,'93-'95,1900-'17,'24-'40. BL 1890,'92-'96,'98,1912-'17,'22,'24-'40. ESRO 1879 (xerox copy). SAS 1882,'84,'88, 1935. Wo 1884-'85,1914. Bod 1891.
See also: East Grinstead: W H DIXON, 1916. 

W TOMKIES Tomkies' Horsham, etc D for 1881. Brighton. Horsham Museum Society.

W H BRASSINGTON Brassington's Horsham & District D and Almanack. Horsham. 1896-1903,1905-'15. Horsham Museum Society.

PIKE'S Blue Book for Horsham, Crawley and District and Local D. Brighton. Annual editions from 1898-1913. 
Continued as:-
GARNETT, MEPHAM & FISHER LTD The Horsham, Crawley and District Local D. Brighton. Editions in 1914, 1 ,'16,'20,'21, and then biennially to 1939. BL 1898-1939. Br 1899,1900,'02,'lM,'05,'10,'14,'15,'16,'20,'23-'37. Wo 1910,'11,'25. Horsham Museum Society 1899-1916,121-125,'31,'33,'37,'39- Ch 1900,'25,'29-'35. Ea 1939. WSRO 1929.

Xerox copies of MS transcripts of sections relating to Lewes in Bailey's British D. 1784, The Universal British D. 1794, J V Button's D. 1805, and Pigot's D, 1823-24, are in ESRO.
Occupiers and Proprietors of the houses in Lewes when the same were numbered in 1812. MS. SAS, ESRO (xerox copy of MS. transcript).

THOMAS WOOLLGAR A survey of the Borough of Lewes in Sussex with the Number of its Inhabitants, taken in the year 1790. MS in Vol.1 of Woollgar's 'Specilegia . Lewensis' PP-525-44. Gives occupier's name and profession, number in household, late occupiers, and proprietor, for each house in about half the town. SAS, ESRO (xerox).

W TOMKIES The Lewes, Newhaven D for 1881-2. Brighton. Wo.

G D HOLMAN Holman's Lewes D. 'Sussex Express Office', Lewes. Editions for 1882 ('first year'),'83,'87. SAS 1882,'83,'87. Le 1883. ESO 1882 (xerox copy).

JOHN DAVIS & CO LTD Lewes D. Brighton. Editions for 1896 and 1898. Br, SAS.

PIKE'S Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford Blue Book and Local D. The Robinson Printing Co Ltd, Brighton. Annual editions from 1900 ('First issue') to 1917, for 1920,'22,'24, '27,'29,'31,'32,'34,'36,'38. Br 1900-'05,'10,'14,'16,'20-'38. Le 1906,'13-'15,'17-'38. Gh 1912. Wo 1911,'24. Bod 1907,'08. SAS 1902,'04,'05,'O9,'l2-'27,'38. ESRO 1936, '38. See also: Brighton: J V BUTTON, 1805.

MARDON'S LIBRARY The Littlehampton and Arundel D, Diary and Almanack. Littlehampton. No copies of this d. have been traced but editions for 1879 and 1880 are announced in The Littlehampton News.

LITTLEHAMPTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL Littlehampton and District D. Littlehampton. Editions for c1920 and c1925. Publication continued by:-
LITTLEHAMPTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. Editions for 1930 and c1932. Littlehampton PL. See also: Bognor: PIKE, 1910,'12. Chichester: KELLY, 1900-'08.

HENRY THOMAS, The Mayfield Press. The Mayfield D and Guide. Ist ed.1935. Mayfield. Wo.

P C RANKIN Rankin's household Almanack and d. for Newhaven and Seaford (and neigh-bouring villages). Newhaven. 1906 ('First Year') . Wo.
See also: Lewes: W TOMKIES, 1881-2; PIKE, 1900-'38. 

DEACON'S Almanack & D for Rye and District. 1910. Ha.

DEANS PRINTING WORKS Rye D & Year Book. Rye. 1938. Ha.-

GARNETT, MEPHAM & FISHER The Shoreham, Southwick and District Local D. (The Shoreham and District Blue Book). Brighton. 1914. BL (catalogue implies that later copies exist).

R J ACFORD LTD D of Shoreham-by-Sea, includes Bungalow Town and Lancing. 1935-36. Chichester. Br.

H J WHITING The Uckfield Visitors Guide, and Historical Notices of Buxted, Framfield, Isfield, Little Horsted, Maresfield, Fletching and Newick; together with a D of Uckfield. Uckfield. 1869. ESRO, BL.

JOHN BROOKER Brooker's Guide and d. for Uckfield and district. Uckfield. 1888. Br, ESCL (xerox copy), ESRO.

J MACKCOULL A Sketch of Worthing. Worthing. Gives lists of principal tradesmen by streets. 1811. BL, Wo.

JOHN PHILLIPPS . Phillipps Handbook & D of Worthing. Worthing. Editions in 1849: Br, Wo, BL; 1850 'Second edition'): Wo. 
Continued as:-
FRENCH AND WATKIN'S Handbook .... 1857: Wo. Continued as:- FRENCH & SON'S Handbook .... 1859: Wo.

GREEN & C0 Green's Worthing D & Guide. Brighton. 1867. Wo.

FREDERICK LUCY The Worthing D, Almanack & Diary. Worthing. Annual editions for 1870-'73. Wo 1870-'73. 
? Continued as:-
G D S KERSHAW The Worthing D and Almanack. Worthing. Annual editions for 1874-'87, and from 1889-'94. Wo 1874-'86,'89-'94. Br 1887.
Continued as:-
J C S KIRSHAW The Worthing D and Almanack. Worthing. Annual editions for 1895-190'+. Wo 1895-1904. Br 1900. 
Continued as:-
WORTHING MERCURY D. Worthing. Annual editions from 1905-'10. Wo 1905,'07-'10. BL 1904-'07.

W J C LONG Long 's Worthing D, Postal Guide. Worthing. Annual editions from 1886 ('lst edition') to 1893. Wo 1886-'93. Br 1892. SAS 1886-'89.

KELLY'S D of Worthing. London. The title varies slightly through the series, according to the area beyond Worthing to be included. Annual editions for 1900-'15, in 1920 and '21, and for 1923-'40. Wo 1900,'02-'06,'10-'14,'21,'23,'24,'26-'32,'34-'38. Gh 1900-'40. Br 1900,'01,'14,'15,'21,'24-'27,'30,'32,'33,'35-'37,'39. WSRO 1927, '29,'32 '34,'38.

PIKE'S Worthing and District Blue Book and Local D. Brighton. Some editions subtitled The "G M F" Blue Book. Editions for 1911,'12, and annually from 1914-'39. Wo 1912-'39. Br 1911,'36. WSRO 1919,'31. Ch 1938.

DUDLEY WIGHTWICK (editor) Who's Who in Worthing and district, 1938-1940. Worthing & London, Ludowic Grant & Co. BL. SGC.

Transcription to the web by & © M Snow 2002 (please report any corrections you discover)
Original text © John Farrant 1980 presented here by permission

First edition, 1969 (Rustington: Sussex Industrial Archaeology Study Group) 
Second edition, 1975 ('MS' Manuscripts of Sussex, for Sussex Family History Group) 
Third edition, 1980, published by the Sussex Genealogical Centre, Brighton, Sussex, as occasional Paper No.6 ISBN 0 907084 05 2 © J H Farrant, 1980



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