We have trade directories from the 1800s to the 1970s. They contain details of public institutions, charities, a brief history of the town and adverts.
Here's a full list of the trade directories held in the archives.
- Trade directories only show the owner of a business or the head of the household.
- People renting weren't usually included.
- Private residents might choose not to be listed.
If you can't come and visit the archives, you'll find some trade directories available to view online at