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Craven & Co Directory


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Craven & Co's Commercial Directory of Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire


Craven and Co's




Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire


An Alphabetical List of the Nobility, Gentry,

Merchants, Professions, Trades, Etc.,

and separate historical and topographical descriptions of all the

towns, parishes, chapelries, villages, townships, hamlets, liberties

and unions, ... ...




Craven's Hertfordshire Directory 1854

This content of this directory is very similar to that of the Post Office Directory of 1851 but it is organised in a very different way. For instance there is a long description of St Albans; list of clergy & gentry; alphabetical list of traders; a classified list of trades; short descriptions of nearby villages; then for each village alphabetical lists of gentry and traders.

The descriptions appear to be modified versions of the text of the Post Office Directory (presumably without permission) - but the lists of gentry and traders are more detailed and have clearly been updated. There are also a large number of advertisements at the end of the volume.


See Hertfordshire Fairs

See Sandridge in 1854 for an analysis of the content

See lists of Inns, etc. at Berkhamsted, Bishops Stortford & London Colney                


Sample Adverts

George Groom, builder, Hemel Hempstead

William Bull, Chemist, Royston

J W King, White Horse Inn, Shenley

April 2014   Page created
June 2014   Link to Berkhamsted Inns added