A Huge Book

A huge Kelly's Directory, covering 4 counties

A huge Kelly’s Directory, covering 4 counties

Yes, this book is really huge. This is a Kelly’s directory for Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire and the Channel Islands.

This directory was for the year 1931

This directory was for the year 1931

The spine gives us the year – 1931.

Page ends - coloured and labelled

Page ends – coloured and labelled

The page ends are coloured and labelled to help find an area quickly.

Out of the couple of thousand pages it comes down to some 3 of them directly relevant to us.

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Easterton spreads over a couple of sides and this is just the start. Kelly’s directories gave people in business a chance to have their name and business listed and that follows the brief information about the place.

There is the same for Market Lavington.

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A previous owner has gone through the lists for his home village and crossed out various people no longer in occupation or business.

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Again there is more to follow.

This book will not be on display at the museum but is available for researchers to use. It certainly could be helpful to people whose families span several parishes within the counties listed. BUT it only names some people. Most ordinary workers do not get a mention.

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