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Hertfordshire County Council

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

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