SUSSEX DIRECTORIES 1784-1940
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
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
Form of the entries
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:
Abbreviations used in the entries
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.
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):
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
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.
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
F R MELVILLE & Co. D and Gazetteer of Sussex. Collingridge. 1858.
R SIMPSON & Co's Lewes, Reigate, Redhill d and Court guide= including
Eastbourne, Seaford, East Grinstead, Newhaven, Horsham and district. 1865. Br.
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:-
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.
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:-
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
BEXHILL PRINTING & PUBLISHING CO. The "Chronicle"
Bexhill-on-Sea D, Almanack and Guide. Bexhill. Editions for 1891 ('Fourth year')
and 1892. Continued as:-
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
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.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE
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
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.
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:-
A M GRIST ... 1894. Publication continued by:-
H & J BARNES ... 1895,'96.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
KELLY'S D of Chichester, Selsey and Neighbourhood. Annual editions for
1933-1940. Publication recommenced in 1950.
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.
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
EAST GRINSTEAD AND DISTRICT
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:-
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.
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
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.
Hailsham Almanac and Commercial Advertiser, 1869. Hailsham Almanac and D.,
See also: Eastbourne: PIKE, 1914-'39.
HASTINGS & ST LEONARDS
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).
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
E J PARSONS Parsons' Hastings & St Leonards & District D & Local
Red Book. Hastings. Editions for 1894 (1st edition): BL, Ha, Ham; 1910: Ha.
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.
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,
LITTLEHAMPTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL Littlehampton and District D.
Littlehampton. Editions for c1920 and c1925. Publication continued by:-
DEANS PRINTING WORKS Rye D & Year Book. Rye. 1938. Ha.-
R J ACFORD LTD D of Shoreham-by-Sea, includes Bungalow Town and Lancing.
1935-36. Chichester. Br.
JOHN BROOKER Brooker's Guide and d. for Uckfield and district. Uckfield.
1888. Br, ESCL (xerox copy), ESRO.
JOHN PHILLIPPS . Phillipps Handbook & D of Worthing. Worthing. Editions
in 1849: Br, Wo, BL; 1850 'Second edition'): 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.
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.
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