Historic collections - our resources
Bromley street and trade directories
Directories have various geographical coverage, from town directories, through county directories, to directories covering more than one county.
Typically, street directories for a town generally have sections as follows:
- A general description of the town
- General information e.g. postal information, administration, public establishments, places of worship, schools, societies and institutions, etc.
- An alphabetical listing of streets and roads, detailing the main occupier of each property; this section also indicates from between which houses other streets lead off
- A commercial directory, alphabetically arranged
- A list of private residents, alphabetically arranged.
Used together with large-scale historic maps, street directories are a powerful tool to identify where individuals resided, and may resolve confusion where addresses have been re-numbered at some stage in their history.
How to find a street directory
Some of our directories are available online. These are in searchable PDF format.
You can view a detailed list of our street directory holdings.
- Street directories held at the Historic Collections Library.