Local directories in libraries

How to find historical trade or street residents' information.

You can access historical lists, such as those of West Sussex residents, businesses and properties, through larger libraries.

Often called 'trade' or 'street' directories, most were published between the 1830s and 1970s, and list shopkeepers, tradesmen and wealthier residents.

  • Street directories (1870s-1970s) - cover large towns in West Sussex and list 10% of the population
  • County directories (1830s-1938) - list every town and village in East and West Sussex, comprising 5% of the total population

We hold original volumes of Sussex directories at Worthing Library, along with microfiche copies of directories for most counties in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Digitised versions of Sussex directories, 1828-1938, and Worthing directories, 1899-1915, are available to view on the public computers in all 36 libraries. Please ask staff for details.

Directories of their own local area, on microfiche, are also available at these larger libraries:

County and street directories are also available at our Record Office.

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Last updated:
10 September 2018
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