Archive directories

  1. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus the Central library is closed until further notice.

    We have street directories dating from the 1770s.

  2. What's available

    These directories are on microfilm at Central Library. Years marked with:

     Manchester

    1772, 1773, 1781, 1788*, 1794, 1797, 1800, 1802, 1804, 1808, 1809, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1817, 1819, 1820, 1821, 1822, 1824, 1825, 1828, 1829, 1830, 1832, 1836, 1838, 1841, 1843, 1845, 1848, 1850, 1851, 1852*, 1855*, 1856, 1858, 1860, 1861, 1863, 1865, 1869, 1871, 1872, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895* †, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929*, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969.

    Lancashire

    1818, 1820, 1824*, 1828*, 1829, 1834*, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1848*, 1851, 1855*, 1856, 1858, 1864, 1869*, 1872, 1873, 1876, 1879, 1881, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1909, 1913*, 1918.

    Cheshire

    1850, 1851, 1860, 1864, 1865, 1874, 1878, 1886, 1888, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1896, 1906, 1914, 1923, 1928, 1934, 1939.

    Derbyshire (some also include Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland): 1855, 1863, 1864, 1874, 1884, 1891.

  3. How to access

    You can view our directories at Central Library, cabinet 12, no appointment needed. Ask a member of staff if you need help.

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