A very large book with over 1000 pages.This directory, unlike the 1848 Post Office directory, includes a full street by street directory of people in the London area in 1851, plus the commercial directory. However, the real beauty of this absolutely invaluable genealogical resource is this: Find your ancestors address on the CD and you have a starting point for searching the census records. Thats right, its a virtually complete London index for the 1851 census.
The contents are:
- Principal hotels and commercial inns for places throughout England and Wales, along with the names of the occupiers and the population total for the town in 1841 taken from the census records from that year. This in itself is a very unusual thing to find in any city or county specific directory;
- The Official directory, 59 pages, an alphabetical list of persons holding situations under The Crown in The East India House, Bank of England and the various law, city and other public offices.
- Index to Street directory and money order office, 15 pages, an alphabetical list of the streets in the directory. There is no actual index of places or indication of the area covered. We have, however, gone through the Street Index and extracted the place names mentioned in the directory. They are as follows: Aldgate, Battersea, Bayswater, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Bishopsgate, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, Bow, Camberwell, Camden Town, Cheapside, Chelsea, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Covent Garden, Deptford, Finsbury, Hackney, High Holburn, Houndsditch,Hoxton, Islington, Kennington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kings Cross, Knightsbridge, Lambeth, Lime House, Long Acre, Ludgate Hill, Marylebone, Mile End, Notting Hill, Paddington, Pentonville, Piccadilly, Pimlico, Poplar, Portland Town, Regents Park, Rotherhithe, Sadler's Wells, Shadwell, Shoreditch, Snow Hill, Soho, Southwark, Spitalfields, St Giles, St James, St Lukes, Stepney, Stratford, Vauxhall, Walworth, Wapping, West Kensington, Westminster, Whitechapel.
- The Street Directory, 477 pages, street by street listings of traders and householders names. Even the street intersections and the positions of the churches are noted. This part of the directory is the real *peach* and will be of immense help to genealogists researching the 1851 census.
- The Commercial and Professional directory, 506 pages, an alphabetical list of peoples names, their professions or trades and their addresses.
All in all this CD is set to become an essential reference point for those people researching their London roots.