Directories - 1980 Edition




DRAFT of 24th July 2002 FOR COMMENT 
TO: -

Fourth edition, 2002, published electronically by the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society at and

First edition, 1969 (Rustington: Sussex Industrial Archaeology Study Group)

Second edition, 1975 (‘MS’ Manuscripts of Sussex, for Sussex Family History Group)

Third edition, 1980 (Sussex Genealogical Centre, Brighton, Sussex, as Occasional Paper No.6)

© J. H. Farrant, 2002


Directories are an important source of information for studying the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. For the family historian 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 businesses; 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.

This catalogue identifies about 1000 directories which relate to the counties of East and West Sussex; copies of most of which are available in the counties’ public libraries.

The first edition of the catalogue appeared in 1969, the third in 1980. At that time, the only national census of directories was 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) - hereafter Norton. Since 1980 the study of British directories, and their accessibility, has been transformed by the appearance of Gareth Shaw and Allison Tipper, British Directories: a Bibliography and Guide to Directories published in England and Wales (1850-1950) and Scotland (1773-1950) (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1988; 2nd edn, London: Mansell, 1997, which adds Chapter 3, ‘The use of directory material in historical studies’ at pp. 42-59, but otherwise is almost unchanged) - hereafter S&T. S&T, with funding from the British Academy and the Marc Fitch Fund, surveyed holdings in 120 libraries throughout Britain and therefore identified directories and copies additional to those in my list. But S&T does not include directories in county lists like mine which covered small libraries, museums, etc. My estimate was that we had (down to 1940) about 650 editions in common, S&T has about 100 my third edition did not, mainly in the form of further editions of serials I had also identified, and my third edition listed another 150, mainly in the form of small-town serials not picked up at all by S&T. S&T did not therefore render my list redundant.

Locally, West Sussex County Council, through its Library Service and Record Office, has published Martin Hayes and Timothy McCann’s Directories in West Sussex, Local History Mini-Guide to Sources, no. 12 (2000). This booklet was based on a new survey of holdings in West Sussex and so updated both my third edition and S&T, and it registered the Library’s programme of making microform copies of early directories and placing these in its branches.

In this fourth edition, I have not attempted to supersede these three publications, but to undertake the updating that they and modern technology allow, and to make the result available via the website of the original publisher, now the Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society. I have extended the coverage to 1975 when Kelly’s ceased publishing Sussex directories. I have incorporated all the further series and editions which they have identified. I have made some corrections in the light of checks I have made to incongruous entries. I have not repeated the locations outside Sussex and London which S&T lists (unless holding the only known copy) nor the libraries holding microform copies. I have revisited the main collections in East Sussex.

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. Kelly’s directory of Sussex appeared every few years between 1845 and 1938.

Rarely did the town directory of 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), Haywards 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 the First World War I, but most continued undiminished up to 1940, when all publication ceased. Almost all directories revived after the Second World War came from Kelly & Co., and in anything comparable to their pre-war form ceased to be published in 1974-75, being finally driven from the market by the Post Office Telephones’ Telephone Directories and Yellow Pages.

For Sussex at least, the directories published fall into two main groups. The first came from the big publishers. At the top was the national firm of Kelly whose weighty Sussex directories appeared between 1845 and 1939. Volumes for towns began for Hastings in 1888, Brighton in 1889, Chichester, Tunbridge Wells and Worthing all in 1900, Eastbourne (taking over from Gowland) in 1926, Bognor in 1929, Bexhill (split off from Hastings) in 1948, Horsham in 1955 and Lewes in 1957. All these series continued until the early 1970s when ‘free’ telephone directories proved too much competition. Sussex also had its own directory publisher, Pike’s, first in Hastings and from 1909 in Brighton. Pike’s blue-bound town directories appeared for Brighton from 1872, Hastings from 1876, Eastbourne from 1882, Horsham and Crawley from 1898, Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford from 1900, Worthing from 1911 - these continuing to 1939/40. Pike expanded into Kent in the later 1880s: Dover 1887-1940, Folkestone, Hythe and Sandgate 1889-1910, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Southborough 1893-95, Canterbury & district, Herne Bay and Whitstable 1893-1939, Deal, Walmer and Sandwich 1899-1915.

Libraries bought these solid cloth-backed volumes, and following a national census of the major libraries’ holdings, S&T recorded almost complete runs. The second group was poorly represented - the directories for the small towns, put together by local printers, selling for a few pence or giving away, and supported by much advertising. Clarke’s Illustrated Mid-Sussex Directory and Year-book, issued under various titles between 1879 and 1969, is the only one which developed into a substantial volume. These little pamphlets did not find their way into libraries at the time, and are now coming to light in acquisitions by record offices and museums, because a few hoarders kept their copies. Dixon’s East Grinstead, Ashurst Wood & Forest Row family almanack & directory for 1910 claimed that 10,000 copies weighing 2½ tons were printed and ‘for 20 years in succession presented as a free gift’ - yet the only known issues are for 1894, 1901 and 1910-16, most now in East Grinstead Town Museum. Some years ago I found in a second-hand bookshop The Newhaven, Seaford and District Directory for 1894, issued by the Seaford & Newhaven Printing & Publishing Co. - a series otherwise totally unknown.

The information for directories was usually collected by door-to-door canvassing and/or by leaving forms for residents to complete. An insight into how the canvassers were received is offered by the entry for 8 August 1883 in a Ringmer housewife’s diary (I owe this to John Bleach):

‘Rained hard. Groceries from Millers paid for same time. I went to see Grandma twice and sent a Post Card to Mrs W. B. Martin at Newhaven. Mr Christie came and came in; and a man called about a new Directory, bother to get rid of him.’

Which was ‘the new Directory’? Kelly’s would be too well known to be so called. Was G. D. Holman attempting an extension of his Lewes directory to outlying areas?

Gareth Shaw, in ‘The content and reliability of nineteenth-century trade directories’, Local Historian, 13, no. 4 (1978), 205-9, has suggested 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. S&T 1997, 49, makes the same point by comparing three directories’ coverage of Exeter relative to the 1891 census: Kelly 58%, White (another national publisher) 65% and Besley (publishing a well-established local directory) 51%. D. Page, in ‘Commercial directories and market towns’, Local Historian, 11, no. 2 (1974), 85-88, compared two directories of 1861 and 1862 with the 1861 census for the small town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, suggested that locally published directories should not be dismissed too readily, and found that some occupational groups were more fully recorded in the directories than others. I am not aware of anyone having made a comparison of Sussex directories for the same locality from different publishers. The only study using Sussex directories extensively is B. Thompson, ‘The growth of manufacturing in the Brighton conurbation 1901-1963’ (unpub. MPhil thesis, University of Sussex, 1967): partial summary in ‘Brighton’s manufacturing industry’, Geography, 54 (1969), 181-5.

Pike’s directories deserve a further note, not least because they appeared under a variety of imprints, sometimes with ‘Pike’s’ being dropped from the title. The following are a selection of the imprints:


W. T. Pike, Warden Buildings, Hastings


Pike & Ivimy, Duke Street, Brighton


Pike & Ivimy, East Street, Brighton, and Waldegrave Street, Hastings


W. T. Pike, 62 Queen’s Road, Hastings. A. M. Robinson, Duke Street, Brighton, printing for Pike


Robinson, Son, & Pike


Robinson, Son, & Pike, 38 Duke Street, Brighton


The Robinson Printing Co. Ltd. In 1909, Robert Street, Brighton


Garnett, Mepham & Fisher, ‘The Sunny South Press’, 112 Gloucester Street, Brighton

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. The qualifying requirement is: substantial list(s) of names and addresses, with occupations where appropriate, preferably with some pretence to comprehensiveness, in books which were printed and distributed. 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, c. 1905 to c. 1913, 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, such as poll books, electoral registers, rate books and telephone directories.

Form of the entries

To allow a series of directories to be summarised 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 need 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:

name of publisher or other name by which the directory is likely to be known, IN CAPITALS

short title. Minor changes of title are ignored. The title quite often varies between the cover and the title page.

place of publication, and publisher if not already given.

notes, if any, on the contents etc.

dates of the editions known to survive (though it is often apparent, e.g., from references such as ‘10th edition’ or ‘10th year of publication, 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. ‘1873-4’, meaning a period of 12 months beginning and ending in different calendar years, is given hereafter as ‘1873/74’, with ‘1873-74’ means the two consecutive years.

the serial number assigned in Norton or Shaw & Tipper, in the form [N nnn] or [S&T nnnn]

repositories of copies, most indicated by the abbreviations given below. The aim is to note copies in Sussex libraries or, failing that, in London or Oxford libraries. Other copies of directories are recorded by Norton and Shaw & Tipper. The dates following the library abbreviation refer directly to the list of surviving editions. Thus ‘Br 1873-95’ means that Brighton Reference 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. ‘Br not 1888’ means that Brighton Reference Library has copies of all known editions which appeared, except that for 1888. If no date follows an abbreviation, the library in question has copies of all known editions.

the existence in public libraries of microfilm or microfiche copies, for the years stated on the same principles as for repositories, in the form {mf yyyy}.

Norton and S&T indicate the types of listing in each series: whether the lists are of private residents, by street, by trade or profession. I have not attempted to do the same.

Abbreviations used in the entries




British Library, Euston Road, London. At the enquiries desk in Humanities II Reading Room is a copy of the 2nd edition of Shaw & Tipper, marked up with the BL shelfmarks (mostly PP 2505… and PP 3508… for Sussex). If you have difficulty in locating series in the BL on-line catalogue, <>, try typing as ‘Subject’ the place-name and ‘directory’.


Bodleian Library, Oxford


Brighton Reference Library (Local Studies section currently in Church Street)


Chichester Library, West Sussex County Library


Eastbourne Area Library, ESCL


East Grinstead Museum


East Sussex Record Office, The Maltings, Lewes


Guildhall Library, London EC1


Hastings Public Library


Hastings Museum


Hove Public Library


Horsham Public Library


Horsham Museum


Institute of Historical Research, University of London


Lewes Public Library

{mf yyyy}

microfiche or microfilm copies available for the known editions in the periods given

[N nnn]

Serial number in J. E. Norton, Guide to the National and Provincial Directories of England and Wales, excluding London, published before 1856 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1950).




Public Library

[S&T nnnn]

Serial number in G. Shaw and A. Tipper, British Directories: a Bibliography and Guide to Directories published in England and Wales (1850-1950) and Scotland (1773-1950) (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1988; 2nd edn, London: Mansell, 1997).


Sussex Archaeological Society Library, Barbican House, Lewes


Sussex Family History Group (normally open to members only)


Worthing Public Library


West Sussex Record Office, County Hall, Chichester



John Upton explored collections in Hastings for the first edition and Michael Leppard multiplied my original list for East Grinstead tenfold for the second. A. D. Windrum sent me a list of the directories in Horsham Museum for the third edition. Tim McCann has kindly agreed to my drawing on his and Martin Hayes’s West Sussex list, and Gareth Shaw has encouraged my local efforts to complement his national census.

Thanks are also due to all the librarians who helped me as I made my search by visit, letter and telephone and to Michael Burchall who published the second and third editions.

An appeal

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.

John H. Farrant

75 Paddock Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1TW.

01273 478 133




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. [N 3]
BL, 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. [N 13-19]
BL, Gh, Ha (vol. 3 only), SAS (MS transcript of Sussex lists). {mf}

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. [N 24]
Ch. WSRO (facsimile pub. 1996)

HOLDEN’S Annual D, in 5 parts (no class Fourth known to exist):
Class the Fifth, 1814 (calico, cotton, silk, woollen trades).
Class First, 1816 (merchants, shipowners, bankers etc).
Class Second, 1816 (agents, brokers, brewers and other trades connected with commerce).
Class Third, 1816 (metal trades).
Sussex towns included: Arundel, Brighton (Class the First only), Chichester, East Grinstead, Hailsham (not Class Third), Hastings, Horsham. [N 25-27]
BL, Gh (First and Fifth)

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. [N 36, 37]
Br, Gh, BL. {mf 1824 reissue}
1826-7; re-issued in 1827-8 and 1828-9, with cancel titles. [N 43-45]
BL, Gh, Br (Sussex section only), HaM; ESRO (pc of Sussex section of 1828-9 issue). {mf 1827-8 reissue}
1832-3-4; re-issued later in 1832. [N 57, 58]
Br, BL, Gh. {mf 1832}
1839; re-issued in 1840. [N 67, 67a]
A facsimile of the September 1839 edition for Kent, Surrey and Sussex was published by Michael Winton, King’s Lynn, 1993.
BL, Ch, ESRO (pc), Ha, HaM, Le (pc), Wo, WSRO. {mf 1840 reissue}

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.
[N 400, 401, 401a]
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.
Private collection.
Continued as:
THE FASHIONABLE GUIDE & D to the Public Places of Resort in Great Britain. published by T Fry, London, 1840.

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. [N 100, 104]
Gh, SAS (this title, dated 1839).

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 (reissued 1852), 1855, 1859, 1862, 1866 (revised 1867), 1870, 1874, 1878.
[N 108, 117, 119, 123]
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, 1901, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1918, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1934, 1938. [S&T 1351]
BL 1845, 1855-1938. Br 1845, 1855, 1866-99, 1903-38. Ch 1851, 1862, 1866, 1874, 1878, 1890-99, 1903-09, 1915-24, 1930-38. ESRO 1855 (pc), 1862 (pc), 1866, 1878, 1887, 1895, 1899, 1909, 1915, [1918??], 1927, 1938. Ho 1862, 1887, 1899, 1938. Ha 1851, 1859, 1862, 1870, 1878, 1938. HaM 1866. Le 1882-90, 1899, 1907, 1915-38. SAS 1855, 1862, 1874, 1878, 1882, 1915, 1918, 1922, 1924, 1930, 1934, 1938. SFHG 1862, 1887, 1911, 1913, 1922, 1938. Wo 1852, 1855, 1859, 1866, 1874, 1878, 1882-99, 1903-38. WSRO 1845-55, 1862, 1866, 1874, 1878, 1882, 1887, 1895, 1899, 1903-09, 1913-22, 1927-38. {mf 1845-1899, 1903-38}

MELVILLE & Co’s D and Gazetteer of Sussex. London: F. R. Melville & Co. 1858. [S&T 1352]
Br, Ch, Ea, Gh, Ho, SAS, Wo, WSRO. {mf}

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

J. G. HARROD and Co’s Postal and Commercial D of Sussex. London and Norwich. 1867. Also issued with d for Kent.
[S&T 125, 1353]
Br, Gh, SAS

C. W. DEACON & Co. Deacon’s Court Guide, Gazetteer and County Blue Book…Sussex. London. 1881 (First edition).
Continued as:
The Sussex Court Guide and County Blue Book 1894. [S&T 1354]
Br. Ea 1881. ESCL 1881. Gh 1881. Ha 1881. SAS 1894. Wo. {mf}

W. T. PIKE’S Local Blue Book and D of the Eastern or Rye Parliamentary Division of Sussex. Hastings. Editions for 1885, 1886. [S&T 1379]
Gh 1885. HaM 1885. Br 1886.

W. T. PIKE’S District Blue Book: Northern or East Grinstead Parliamentary Division of Sussex for 1886.
Private collection.

W. T. PIKE’S Local Blue Book and D of the Southern or Eastbourne Parliamentary Division of Sussex for 1886. Hastings.
Br, SAS.

The above three directories were amalgamated, with sections also for the Borough of Hastings and the Weald of Kent and Romney Marsh, into: W T PIKE’S East of Sussex D & Blue Book. Hastings. Editions in 1886, 1887.
Ha. Le 1886.

W. T. PIKE’S Local Blue Book and D of the South-Western or Chichester Parliamentary Division of Sussex for 1886-7. Hastings. [S&T 1380]
Ch, WSRO. {mf}

BENNETT’S Business D for Sussex. Birmingham. Editions for 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907. [S&T 80]
Br 1902-04, 1907. Croydon PL 1905.

TOWN AND COUNTY DIRECTORIES LTD. Brighton and district trades’ D. Edinburgh. Editions for 1904, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1918.
Continued as:
Brighton and Sussex Trades’ D. Editions for 1921-24, 1927, 1928, 1936, 1937. [S&T 1402]
Continued as:
Brighton and Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trades’ D. Editions for 1950, 1957, 1959 (55th edition), 1960, 1962 (57th)
Continued as:
Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trades’ D. Edition for 1969.
Br 1904, 1928, 1950, 1957, 1960-69. Ch 1936, 1937. ESRO 1912, 1969. Le 1959, 1962, 1965, 1969. Wo 1909-27.

THE ROBINSON PRINTING CO LTD. Sussex Blue Book and Court D, 1905. Brighton. [S&T 1355]
Ch, 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.

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

AUBREY & CO. Kent, Surrey and Sussex D. Walsall. Annual editions for 1935-38, 1941, 1947-50. [S&T 104, 1356]
BL 1935-38, 1947-50. Croydon PL 1941.

BUSINESS DIRECTORIES. Southern Counties D. Bloxwich. Editions for 1935-1939, 1941. [S&T 107]
BL 1935-39.

AUBREY & CO. Sussex Business D. Walsall. 1950/51.

COURTFIELD PRESS. Kent, Surrey and Sussex Business D. 1955-6.

STUBBS PUBLISHING CO. The Sussex Trade Guide and Diary. Editions for 1960-62, 1964-66, 1968-70, 1972 (12th edition), 1973.
Br 1960-62. Wo 1960-66. Le 1968-70, 1972, 1973.


A W LAPWORTH The Arundel Year-Book containing Directories for the Town and Neighbourhood. Arundel. Editions for 1900 (‘New Series, no.14’) and 1901.

See also BOGNOR: PIKE, 1910, 1912.


DOWNSBOROUGH’S Guide and D of Bexhill-on-Sea. Bexhill. Editions for 1887, 1888 and 1889 (‘Third year of publication’). [S&T 1386]
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 1902-19, 1922-30. [S&T 1390, 1396]
BL 1891-1930. Bod 1887-89. Br 1900. Ha 1892, 1904. Wo 1925.

PIKE’S Bexhill D with South Coast Map, Guide and Register. Garnett, Mepham & Fisher Ltd, Brighton. 1923. [S&T 1410]

Kelly’s D of Bexhill. London. Editions for 1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1960, 1966, annually 1970-73 [S&T 1420]
Br. ESRO 1974.

See also: HASTINGS: KELLY, 1888, 1889, 1897-1914, 1919, 1921-40. PIKE, 1890-1939 and PARSONS 1894, 1910.


WEBSTER & WEBB The Bognor, Aldwick, Felpham and South Bersted D and Almanack. Bognor. Editions annually for 1900-15 (1900: GE, ST, SL including houses for Bognor; GE elsewhere), 1917-20. [S&T 1395]
Continued as:
ACFORD’S Bognor ‘Observer’ D…including Aldwick, Felpham, New City, South Bersted, North Bersted. Chichester. Editions for 1922-30, 1932-37. [S&T 1409, 1417]
Br 1900, 1905, 1906. Ch 1913, 1929, 1935, 1936. Univ. College Chichester 1902-37. WSRO 1900-05, 1907, 1908, 1910-13, 1915, 1917, 1922-27, 1932. {mf 1900-37}

PIKE’S Bognor, Littlehampton, Arundel and District Blue Book and Local D. Garnett, Mepham & Fisher Ltd, Brighton. Editions for 1910, 1912. [S&T 1406]
BL. Br 1910. WSRO. {mf}

KELLY’S D of Bognor Regis and Neighbourhood (‘Buff Book’). London. Annual editions from 1929 (CM, CT, ST) to 1940; then 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970-72 (23rd edition; CM, ST, TR; CT for neighbourhood). [S&T 1415]
Bognor Regis PL 1929, 1931-53, 1959, 1964, 1968-71. Br 1929, 1933,1936, 1937, 1939. 1950-70. Ch 1939-53, 1959, 1964-72. SAS 1966. Univ. College Chichester 1930, 1937, 1950. Wo 1934, 1964, 1971, 1972. WSRO 1936, 1959, 1962, 1970, 1972. {mf 1930-64, 1968-71}

See also: CHICHESTER: KELLY, 1900-06, 1908.


EDWARD COBBY The Brighthelmston D for 1799. Brighton. Second edition - no copy of the first edition traced. Partially revised edition, 1800. Reprinted in J. G. Bishop, A Peep into the Past: Brighton in the Olden Time (Brighton, 1880, 1892). [N670, 671]
Br. Ho 1800. {f 1799, 1800}

J. V. BUTTON The Brighton and Lewes Guide. J Baxter, Lewes. 1805. Short d of tradesmen and professions at end. [N 876]
Br, ESRO (pc).

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. Another edition: 1824. [N 673, 674]
Br, Ch, Ho, ESRO 1824, IHR 1822. {f 1822, 1824}

T. H. BOORE Brighton Annual D & Fashionable Guide. Brighton. 1822. [N 672]
Br, Ch.

PHILLIPS AND PATCHING Brighton Pocket D and Tradesmen’s General Advertiser and Memorandum Book. Brighton. 1827.

T. A. SWAYLAND & J. GILL A New D for Brighton for 1832. Brighton. Re-issued with a cancel title: The Brighton D for 1833. [N 675, 676]
Br. {f 1832, 1833}

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, IHR); and 1845: Br, ESRO. [N 677-80]
Revived as:
W. J. TAYLOR The Original Brighton & Hove D, including Cliftonville. Fourth issue, July 1854. Brighton. [N 686; S&T 1359]
Br, Ho, Wo, Ch. {mf July 1843, 1845}

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; c. 1844 (‘Second edition’ n.d.): BL. A further edition of ?1846, at Br contains no d material. [N 877]

KELLY & CO Post Office Brighton D. London. 1846. [N 681]
Br, Gh, BL. {mf 1846}

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, 1850, 1852, 1854 (court only), 1856, 1859, 1860, 1861 (court only), 1862, 1864.
[N 682-86]
Continued as:
PAGE’S - late Folthorp’s - Court Guide etc. Editions in 1865, 1866, 1867 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 1908. [S&T 1357, 1363, 1393]
Br not 1860 and 1908 (in catalogue but missing). Ho 1848, 1850, 1856-59, 1861-94, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1902, 1904-08. BL 1848, 1859-64, 1866, 1867, 1870-73, 1877-1908; 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. ESRO 1884, 1886. IHR 1848, 1856, 1859, 1865. SAS 1862, 1876. Wo 1850, 1856, 1872, 1883. {mf 1848-52, 1856, 1859-65, 1867-87, 1890-95}

WILLIAM PEARCE (late Wallis) The Brighton Court Guide and General D. ‘Brighton Times’ Office, Brighton. 1863.
Private collection.

SIMPSON & CO Simpson’s Brighton & Cliftonville D and Court Guide. London. 1864. [S&T 1362]
Br, Gh.

MATHIESON’S Brighton and Suburban D. John Beal, Brighton. Annual editions from 1868 (‘2nd annual edition’) to 1871. [S&T 1365]
Br. Wo 1869. Gh 1868-70.

WILKINS & CO The Brighton, Kemp-Town, Hove and Cliftonville Court D. London, 44 Skinner Street. 1871. [S&T 1367]
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.
?Succeeded by
PIKE & IVIMY The Half Crown Brighton Directory with Map. Edition in 1876.
[S&T 1371]
?Continued as:
PIKE & IVIMY’S Brighton and Hove D for 1877. Brighton. [S&T 1368]
BL June 1872-April 1874. Gh November 1875. Ho 1877. Society of Genealogists 1876.

R. E. STEVEN & CO’s Brighton Shilling D and Court Guide, including Hove, Cliftonville and Preston. Brighton, 11 Park Crescent Terrace. Printed by A M Robinson & Son, 38 Duke Street, Brighton. Editions in 1875 (First Edition) and 1876. [S&T 1372]

A. C. TOYE’s Hove D for 1881. Listed as a loan from Private collection in Hove Museum of Art, Down your Way, the History and Development of Hove, Catalogue (1954), item 106.

A. M. ROBINSON & SON Robinson’s Popular Brighton D and Street Guide, including Hove, Cliftonville, Aldrington, Preston, Patcham, Kemp Town, etc. Printed and published, 38 Duke Street, Brighton. Editions in 1884 (?first edition), 1885 and 1886. [S&T 1378]
Continued as
W. T. PIKE’S Brighton and Hove D and Local Blue Book. In 1887, published by W. T. Pike, 4 Bartholomews, Brighton and printed by A. M. Robinson. Annual editions from 1887 to 1939. [S&T 1384]
BL not 1884, 1886, 1887, 1889. Br not 1885. Ho 1888, 1902, 1903, 1905-13, 1915-39. SAS 1926. WSRO 1938. ESRO 1891, 1910, 1925, 1932, 1938.
{f 1888, 1889, 1896, 1897, 1900, 1901, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912-19, 1921, 1925, 1929, 1937}

JAMES WALSER Walser’s Hove D, Court Guide and Year Book, 1887. Hove.
Br (not traced in 2002).

WALSER AND GRIST Walser’s Popular Shilling D for Brighton, Hove and Preston. Hove, 38 Western Road. Annual editions from 1888 to 1892 (9th edition).
Continued as:
The Popular D…1893.
Continued as:
A. M. GRIST…1895.
Publication continued by:
H. & J. BARNES…1896 (not traced in 2002).

JAMES WALSER. Walser’s Brighton, Hove and Preston Court Guide 1895-6 (1st issue). Hove, 36 & 130 Western Road.

KELLY’S D of Brighton, Hove and Preston. London. Editions, with minor variations of title for 1889-1940, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969-74. [S&T 1389]
BL 1889-1949. Br 1893-1906, 1911, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1929-74. ESRO 1954, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1974. Ho 1900, 1913-19, 1923-40. Gh 1889, 1892, 1897-1907, 1909-20, 1922-49. Le 1970, 1974. SAS 1925. Wo 1907, 1920-21, 1923, 1925, 1932-35, 1937-49. WSRO 1925. {f 1911, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1930-74}

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

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.

THE ROBINSON PRINTING CO LTD Walser’s Popular Edition of Pike’s Brighton, Hove and district Blue Book and Local D for 1907. Brighton. Reprint of Pike’s without pp. 25-44, 103-73.

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


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, Le, 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, Some Chichester Tradesmen, Chichester Paper No.17 (1960).

Photocopies 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.

[ALEXANDER HAY] The Chichester Guide and D. Chichester: Joseph Seagrave. n.d. ?1804. [N 687]
Br, Ch. {mf}

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.

J. W. MOORE Chichester D, Handbook and Almanack. Chichester. Editions for 1871 (CM, CT), 1880 (‘11th year of issue’), 1883, 1887 (CT, ST)-95, 1897, 1898, 1900-02, 1908, 1909, 1911-14. [S&T 1374]
Br 1900. Ch 1880-1890. Chichester District Museum 1880, 1883, 1890-95, 1897, 1898, 1900-02, 1908, 1909, 1911-14. Wo 1891. WSRO 1871. {mf }

KELLY’S D of Chichester, Bognor and Littlehampton (‘Buff Book’). London. Annual editions for 1900 (1st)-1908.
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, 1950, 1954. [S&T 1397]
Revived as:
Kelly’s D of the City of Chichester. Editions for 1964, 1966, 1968.
Continued as:
Kelly’s D. of Chichester. Editions for 1969-74.
BL 1900-50. Gh 1900-50. Br 1900, 1901, 1929, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1950, 1954, 1964-74. Ch 1929, 1931, 1934-74. Wo 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1950-74. WSRO 1900, 1903, 1933, 1934, 1936-74. {mf 1900, 1901, 1903, 1908, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933-74}

H. T. JACOBS & SONS The New Chichester Business & Private Resident D. Chichester. Editions for 1900, 1903, 1905, 1906.
?Continued as:
THE ‘OBSERVER’ Chichester & District D. Chichester: R. J. Acfords. Editions for 1907-23 (23rd year of publication) -26. [S&T 1411]
Ch 1923. Chichester District Museum 1920-23[??26]. WSRO 1900-23. {mf 1900-09, 1911, 1914, 1920-26}

W. G. & T. R. WILLIS Willis’ D & Handbook of Chichester City. Chichester. 1934 (1st edition). [S&T 1416]
Ch. {mf}

KENT SERVICE LTD. Chichester Rural D. London. GE, ST for East Whittering, Bracklesham Bay, Selsey and Southbourne; GE for villages. Edition for 1958.
Br. 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 1908; Faygate and Lowfield Heath included from 1907, Pease Pottage and Warninglid from 1909. Editions in 1903 (not seen), 1907-16.
Private collection 1903. BL 1907-16. Crawley PL 1916. {mf 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. [N 417, 418]
Bod 1847. Tunbridge Wells PL 1849, 1850.

R. PELTON Pelton’s Shilling D to Tunbridge Wells and…Crowborough, Eridge, Frant, Groomsbridge,…Mark Cross…Rotherfield. Tunbridge Wells. Editions for 1882, 1895, 1896, 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 neighbourhood. London. Editions for 1889 (?first edition), 1892, 1895, 1896, 1898, annually for. 1900-05, 1907, 1909, annually for 1911-17, 1919, 1920, annually for 1922-40….1963 (57th edition), 1965, 1967, 1968-74 (66th).
Gh 1889, 1895-1902, 1904-35, 1937-40. Br 1900, 1914, 1916, 1920, 1924-26, 1930-33, 1935-37, 1939. Le 1963-72, 1974. Tunbridge Wells PL 1892, 1896, 1903.


PALMER’S Poetical Directory of the Inhabitants of East Grinstead, 1 Nov 1799. East Grinstead. Trades and professions only, surnames only. ESRO, SAS/SM 167. Reprinted in East Grinstead Observer, 7 Nov. 1896, in East Grinstead Parish Magazine, Jan. 1939, and by East Grinstead Town Museum.

E. STEER East Grinstead Illustrated Almanack & Diary with Local D & Compendium, Nov. 1886. East Grinstead. [??1883-5]
EGM. {mf}

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

W. H. DIXON Dixon’s East Grinstead Family Almanack and D for 1894. East Grinstead.
Continued as:
Dixon’s East Grinstead, Ashurst Wood, and Forest Row…1901, 1910 (‘For 20 years in succession presented as a free gift’), annually to 1916. [???1902-9]
Continued as:
Dixon’s East Grinstead, Ashurst Wood, Forest Row and Haywards Heath…1914.
[S&T 1400]
Br 1901. EGM 1910-16. Private collection 1894. Wo 1901. {mf 1901, 1910-13, 1915, 1916}

HENRY W. CULLEN East Grinstead Annual General D, Illustrated Almanack & Diary, No. 1, 1896. East Grinstead.
Private collection.

EAST GRINSTEAD CIVIC LEAGUE & INQUIRY BUREAU East Grinstead d…April 1923. East Grinstead: Henry W. Cullen.

HENRY W. CULLEN The East Grinstead D. March 1928. East Grinstead.

ALBION PUBLICATIONS. The D of East Grinstead and District. Holborn, London. Edition for 1953.
Br, ESCL [??] {mf}

FOORD PUBLISHING COMPANY. East Grinstead D and Street Plan. East Grinstead. 1962.
Wo. {mf}


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

SAMUEL HALL Homely Herbert’s Eastbourne Guide and Visitor’s D. Eastbourne. Court d only. Editions in 1857, 1858, 1859, 1862.
SAS Budgen Papers, B42, extracts from 1857 edition. 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. [S&T 1401]
Continued as:
KELLY’S D of Eastbourne and neighbourhood. London. Annual editions for 1926-40, 1946 (‘incorporating Pike’s Blue Book’), 1948, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1972, [1973??]. [S&T 1413]
Br 1926, 1923, 1929, 1946-72. Ea 1877-1940. ESRO 1894, 1946, 1959, 1965, 1967. SAS 1894[??], 1934, 1948, 1963.

GEORGE F. CHAMBERS A Handbook of Eastbourne…with an alphabetical list of private residents by George F Chambers. 1876 (8th edition), 1881-2 (13th), 1890 (21st).
Gh 1881-2. ESRO 1876, 1890.

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 1912-39. [S&T 1388]
BL 1890-1934, 1936-39. Bod 1890-1918, 1920-34, 1935-39. Ea 1890, 1909, 1914, 1916-39. Br 1890-94, 1901-04, 1906, 1914-16, 1920-21, 1923-29, 1932, 1934, 1936. Gh 1888. ESRO 1894,. 1897 [??], 1928, 1934. Wo 1910, 1911, 1923, 1933.

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


Hailsham Almanac and Commercial Advertiser. 1869 (‘9th year of publication’)
Cited in B. Short (ed.), The String Town, Hailsham 1870-1914, University of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education Occasional Paper 11 (1980), 33.

EASTBOURNE STANDARD (SUMFIELD’S) Hailsham Almanac and D for 1898 (‘15th year of publication’). Hailsham, H. J. Unwin. Printed by V. T. Sumfield, ‘Standard’ Office, Eastbourne.
ESRO (pc).

PIKE’S Hailsham, Pevensey and Local District Blue Book & D. Robinson Printing Co Ltd. Brighton. Editions for 1906 (1905-6 on cover), 1907, 1908. [S&T 1404]
Br 1906, 1907. BL 1906-08.

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, ?1820 (‘Second edition’), ?1823, 1825. The fifth and subsequent editions do not contain much information. [N 688]
Ha 1819. Br 1819. BL ?1820, ?1823, 1825. Gh ?1820. ESRO ?1823, 1825. HaM ?1823, 1825. Ch 1825

H. OSBORNE Osborne’s Stranger’s Guide and Commercial D to Hastings & St Leonards. Hastings. Editions in 1836, 1852, 1853, 1854 (court, clergy, solicitors and surgeons only). [N 689; S&T 1358]
HaM 1836, 1854. Ha 1852, 1853. Br 1854. ESRO 1854.

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

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. [S&T 1364]
BL, Ha.

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

BUTCHER, COLE & CO’s Hastings, St Leonards and Eastbourne d (including the neighbourhood), for 1874-5. Hastings. [S&T 1369]

PIKE & IVIMY’S Annual Hastings and St Leonards D and Sussex Court guide. Hastings. 1876 (?first edition). [S&T 1370]
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. [S&T 1382]
Ha 1876, 1878, 1880, 1884-1903, 1905-20, 1922-28, 1930-36, 1938, 1939. HaM 1880-81, 1883-93, 1895-1939. Br 1876, 1877, 1879-82, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1902-05.1907. ESRO 1923, 1924, 1929, 1930, 1932-36, 1938, 1939.

JOHN RANSOM Hastings and St Leonards D and Guide. Hastings; printed by Hutchings & Crowsley, London. Editions for 1882, 1883, 1885. [S&T 1376]
Ha 1882, 1885. Br 1882, 1883. BL 1885.

KELLY’S Hastings and St Leonards D. London. Bexhill is also covered until 1940, and, from 1931, Battle and neighbourhood. Editions for annually1888 (‘1st edition’) -1914, 1919, annually 1921-40, 1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966 (57th), 1969, 1970 (60th), 1972, 1974 (64th). [S&T 1383]
BL 1888-1950. Bod 1888-1912. Gh 1889, 1897-1914, 1921-50. Br l900-01, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930-1934, 1936-64, 1969, 1972-74. Ha 1897, 1913, 1921, 1928-30, 1937, 1940. HaM 1894, 1938-40. ESRO 1935, 1940, 1948-74. SAS 1974.

E. J. PARSONS Parsons’ Hastings & St Leonards & District D & Local Red Book. Hastings. Editions for 1894 (1st edition), 1895,1910-17, 1920 [S&T 1391]
BL 1894-1920. Ha 1894, 1910. HaM 1894.


C. CLARKE Clarke’s Local D and Year Book for Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, Lindfield and Burgess Hill; title varies, e.g. (1889) … for Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, Burgess Hill, Lindfield, Haywards Heath. Haywards Heath. Editions for 1879, 1882[??]-85, 1887, 1888. [??1880, 1881, 1886, 1889] [S&T 1373]
Continued as:
Clarke’s Illustrated Mid-Sussex D and Year-book, and as The Mid-Sussex D and Visitors’ Guide. Editions annually 1890-96, 1898, 1900-17, 1922, 1924-40, 1955 (58th year of publication), 1956, 1958 (60th), 1963, 1967 (69th). [S&T 1387]
BL 1890, 1892-96, 1898, 1912-17, 1922, 1924-40. Bod 1891. Br 1883, 1887, 1888, 1893-95, 1900-17, 1924-40, 1956-67. ESRO 1879 (pc), 1935[??], 1958, 1967. Le 1955, 1958, 1963, 1967. SAS 1882[??], 1884, 1888, 1935. Wo 1884, 1885, 1914, 1938, 1956-67. Edition for 1880 (‘second year’) previously listed as at Br, but now no trace. {mf 1883-85, 1887, 1888, 1895, 1900-07, 1909-17, 1924-67}

See also: EAST GRINSTEAD: W. H. DIXON, 1916. 


W. TOMKIES Tomkies’ Horsham, etc D for 1881. Brighton.
HoM. {mf}

W. H. BRASSINGTON Brassington’s Horsham & District D and Almanack. Horsham. Editions for 1896, 1901-1903, 1905-15.
HoM. {mf 1902, 1903, 1905}

PIKE’S Blue Book for Horsham, Crawley and District and Local D. Brighton. Annual editions from 1898 to 1913.
Continued as:
GARNETT, MEPHAM & FISHER LTD The Horsham, Crawley and District Local D. Brighton. Editions in 1914-17, 1920, 1921, and then biennially to 1939. [S&T 1394]
BL not 1917. Br 1899, 1900, 1902, 1904, 1905, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1920, 1923-37. Horsham Pl 1917, 1920-39. HoM 1903-39. Ea 1939. Wo 1910, 1911, 1925, 1929-35. WSRO 1929. {mf 1899, 1900, 1903-08, 1910, 19911, 1913-39}

SILVER EAGLE PUBLICATIONS. Horsham Urban and Rural D (including part of South Surrey). London. Edition for 1951.
BL, Ea, ESCL[??], Gh, Ch. {mf}

KELLY’ D of Horsham and neighbourhood. Editions for 1955, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966-75.
Br 1955-64. ESCL [??] 1957, 1966-68. Ea 1955, 1957. Gh 1955-66. Horsham PL 1960, 1966, 1968-75. Wo 1955, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1970-75. WSRO 1957, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975.


Photocopies 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.

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 (pc).

Occupiers and Proprietors of the houses in Lewes when the same were numbered in 1812. MS.
SAS, ESRO (pc of MS. transcript).

W. TOMKIES The Lewes, Newhaven D for 1881-2. Brighton. [S&T 1375]

G. D. HOLMAN Holman’s Lewes D. ‘Sussex Express Office’, Lewes. Editions for 1882 (‘first year’), 1883, 1887. [S&T 1377]
SAS. Le 1883. ESRO 1882 (pc).

JOHN DAVIS & CO LTD Lewes D. Brighton. Editions for 1896 and 1898.
[S&T 1392]
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, 1920 (19th), for 1922, 1924, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1938 (28th).
[S&T 1399]
BL 1900-38 Br 1900-05, 1910, 1914, 1916, 1920-38. Le 1906, 1909, 1910, 1913-17, 1920-38. Gh 1912. Seaford PL 1924, 1927, 1929, 1932-38. Wo 1911, 1924. Bod 1907, 1908. SAS 1902, 1904, 1905, 1909, 1912-17, 1920-27, 1938. ESRO 1936, 1938. {mf 1900-38}
[Editions for 1918 and 1919 listed in S&T as in BL do not exist.]


Kelly’s D of Lewes (incorporating Pike’s Blue Book). Editions for 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970-74.
Br 1957-66, 1969-74. ESRO 1968, 1971, 1973, 1974. Le 1957-74. SAS 1957, 1962, 1968,-70, 1972.

See also: BRIGHTON: J V BUTTON, 1805.


E. Colling’s Littlehampton Almanack and Tide Table. Littlehampton: Edward Collings, outfitter and hatter, issued free. Not a d. Editions for 1871-76, 1882-84.
But continued as:
E. Colling’s Littlehampton Almanack, Tide Table and D. Editions for 1885 (ST, bound with a bought-in almanack, sold for 1d.), 1887-98.
Continued as:
E. Colling’s Littlehampton D with Almanack and Tide Table. Editions for 1904, 1906-15.
Private collection. {mf}

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 c. 1922 (CT, ST) and c. 1925.
Publication continued by:
LITTLEHAMPTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. Editions for [1928??], 1930 (GE, ST), 1932, 1938, 1950, 1953. [S&T 1414]
Br 1953. Littlehampton Museum 1938, 1950. Gh [1928??], 1950. Ch 1938, 1950, 1953. Wo 1922-53. {mf 1922-53}

COUNTY PUBLICITY CO. LTD. Littlehampton, Arundel and district D. Littlehampton. Covers also Angmering, Angmering-on-Sea, East Preston, Rustington and Wick. Editions for 1957 (CM, CT, ST), n.d. but 1960, 1963.
Continued as:
UNITED PUBLICITY SERVICES LTD Littlehampton, Rustington and District D. Littlehampton. Editions for 1967, 1969.
Br 1957, 1960. ESCL [??] 1959. Ho 1957. Wo 1957-67. WSRO 1960, 1963, 1969. {mf}

See also: BOGNOR: PIKE, 1910, 1912. CHICHESTER: KELLY, 1900-08.


HENRY THOMAS, The Mayfield Press. The Mayfield D and Guide. Mayfield. Editions for 1935 (1st ed.), 1939. [S&T 1418]
Wo 1935. BL 1939.


[SEAFORD & NEWHAVEN PRINTING & PUBLISHING CO.?], The Newhaven, Seaford and District D. [Newhaven?] Also covers Alfriston, Bishopstone, Blatchington, Denton, Heighton, Piddinghoe and Tarring Neville. 1894.
Private collection

P. C. RANKIN Rankin’s household Almanack and D for Newhaven and Seaford (and neighbouring villages). Newhaven. 1906 (‘First Year’). Wo.

See also: LEWES: W TOMKIES, 1881-2; PIKE, 1900-38.


PEACEHAVEN D and Guide. 1923 (1st edition).
Continued as
F. W. SMITH The Peacehaven D. 1925 (3rd edition). London. 1929 (6th). Rottingdean.
Continued as:
The South Downs D. Rottingdean. 1933 (10th year). [S&T 1412]
Covers the estates between Rottingdean and Newhaven, and the villages of Piddinghoe and Telscombe.
Cinderhill Books summer catalogue 1987, item 314, 1923. ESRO 1925-33 (photocopies). Le 1925-33 (photocopies).


J. ADAMS, D for 1901. Quoted by J. Collard, A Maritime History of Rye (Rye, 1978), 83.

DEACON’S Almanack & D for Rye and District. 1910.

Rye D, 1924.
Quoted by Collard, 89, 91.

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


GARNETT, MEPHAM & FISHER The Shoreham, Southwick and District Local D (The Shoreham and District Blue Book). Brighton. 1914. [S&T 1408]
BL (catalogue implies that later copies exist). [S&T=Bod]

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


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.

JOHN BROOKER Brooker’s Guide and D for Uckfield and District. Uckfield. 1888. [S&T 1385]
Br, ESCL (pc), ESRO.


J. MACKOULL A Sketch of Worthing. Worthing. Gives lists of principal tradesmen by streets. 1811. [N 690]
BL, Wo.

JOHN PHILLIPPS. Phillipps Handbook & D of Worthing. Worthing. Editions in 1849, 1850 (‘Second edition’) [N 691, 692]
Continued as:
FRENCH AND WATKIN’S Handbook…1857.
Continued as:
FRENCH & SON’S Handbook…1859. [S&T 1360, 1361]
Br 1849. BL 1849. Wo 1849-59.

GREEN & CO. Green’s Worthing D & Guide. Brighton. 1867.

FREDERICK LUCY The Worthing D, Almanack & Diary. Worthing. Annual editions for 1870-73. [S&T 1366]
? Continued as:
G. D. S. KERSHAW The Worthing D and Almanack. Worthing. Annual editions for 1874-94. [S&T 1366]
Continued as:
J. C. S. KIRSHAW The Worthing D and Almanack. Worthing. Annual editions for 1895-1904. [S&T 1366]
Continued as:
WORTHING MERCURY Red Book, D, Almanack & Household Guide for Worthing & Neighbourhood. Worthing. Annual editions from 1905-10. [S&T 1403, 1405]
Wo 1873-1905, 1907-10. Br 1887, 1900. BL 1904-07

W. J. C. LONG Long’s Worthing D, Postal Guide. Worthing. Annual editions from 1886 (‘lst edition’) to 1893. [S&T 1381]
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 included. Annual editions for 1900-15, 1920-40, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1960 (42nd edition) [doesn’t tally], 1962, 1964, 1966, annually 1968-75. [S&T 1398]
Br 1900, 1901, 1914, 1915, 1921, 1924-27, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935-37, 1939, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972-74. Gh 1900-40. SAS 1960, 1964. Wo 1900, 1902-06, 1910-14, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926-32, 1934-40, 1946-75. WSRO 1927, 1929, 1932, 1934, 1938, 1946-74. {mf 1927, 1929, 1932, 1934, 1938}

PIKE’S Worthing and District Blue Book and Local D. Brighton. Some editions subtitled The "G M F" Blue Book. Annual editions for 1911-39. [S&T 1407]
BL 1911-39. Br 1911, [1915, 1926, 1929, 1932,??] 1936. Ch 1938. Wo 1912, 1914-39. Worthing Museum 1920, 1923, 1931, 1935, 1939. WSRO 1919, 1931. {mf 1919, 1920, 1931, 1932}

DUDLEY WIGHTWICK (editor) Who’s Who in Worthing and district, 1938-1940. Worthing & London, Ludowic Grant & Co. [S&T 1419]

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