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|Title:||Directories Database, 1772-1787|
|Depositor:||Corfield, P.J., University of London. Royal Holloway. Department of History|
Corfield, P.J., University of London. Royal Holloway. Department of History
Kelly, S.M., University of London. Royal Holloway. Department of History
Economic and Social Research Council
|Other acknowledgements:||The database was established in the computer centre at Bedford College, as it then was, and is now held in the computer centre at Royal Holloway University of London, the successor body to Bedford College.|
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|This dataset is a study of urban occupations in Britain in the early Industrial Revolution, via analysis of entries in sixteen early urban directories.
Local town directories were produced in increasing numbers from the 1760s onwards. They were ad hoc works, generally providing listings of leading local inhabitants, with their names, addresses and occupations.
The sources used for this database were selected from all large urban centres with early listings. One directory (or relevant section from a directory) was analysed for every urban centre for which such a local publication was produced either in the 1770s or 1780s. In some cases, the selection was simple, as only one such volume was available. Where there were many (as in the case of London or Birmingham), a substantial edition from an appropriate date was chosen. The range of towns investigated was as wide as possible within the British Isles, defined only by the existence of relevant sources. Most of the early directories served the larger urban communities , although not all big cities had them. In addition, a few smaller places were also included, to add to the range of urban centres in the survey. In all the time span covered was a relatively compact period of fifteen years: from 1772 to 1787.
The main topics covered by these data are: occupations; status designations (eg. gentleman/esquire); urban elites; urban society; directories as a source.
Surname; first name; address; coded occupation; gender; social status.
Please note: this study does not include information on named individuals and would therefore not be useful for personal family history research.
|Time period:||1772 - 1787 - Manchester (1772); Edinburgh (1773); Liverpool (1774); London/Westminster (1774); Bristol (1775); Newcastle upon Tyne (1778); Birmingham (1780); Norwich (1783); Dublin (1784); Glasgow (1784); Portsmouth (1784); Southampton (1784); Winchester (1784); Shrewsbury (1786); Bath (1787); Sheffield (1787).|
Newcastle upon Tyne
Yorkshire West Riding
No information recorded
Occupations and status designations for all listed individuals in urban directories.
No information recorded
No sampling (total universe)
|Number of units:||31768 (target) 31768 (obtained) Line entries|
|Method of data collection:||
Transcription of existing materials
|Weighting:||No information recorded|
The data were taken from early printed directories, as listed in P.J. Corfield, Guide to directories database, 1772-87.
|ALL SAINTS (BIRMINGHAM)||BATH||BIRMINGHAM|
|BRISTOL||BUSINESSES||CITY OF WESTMINSTER LONDON BOROUGH|
|COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS||DIRECTORIES||DUBLIN (CITY)|
|NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE||NORFOLK||NORTHUMBERLAND|
|NORWICH||OCCUPATIONS||PLACE OF RESIDENCE|
|YORKSHIRE WEST RIDING|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||18 December 1995|
|Copyright:||No information recorded|
|Access conditions:||The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.|
|Availability:||UK Data Service|
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|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|Study documentation (portable data format)||guide.pdf||3505|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_3443_Information.htm||18|
By principal investigator(s):
Corfield, P.J. and Kelly, S., `Giving directions to the town : the early town directories' Urban History Yearbook 1984 pp.22-35.
Resulting from secondary analysis: