Town Directories Index Page
Directories provide first hand data about local communities, their infrastructure and the individuals inhabiting those communities.Published more frequently than the census, directories can also help you fill in any missing gaps.
They contain descriptions of places, local facilities, local facilities, institutions and associations, resident, trades and professions, and important people.
From the 17th century, directories met the growing demand for accurate information about trade and industry. Data was collected either by personal canvassing combined with existing listings or people were asked to supply details.
By the early nineteenth century methods of compilation had become more organised. In part, this reflected the growing links between directories and the Post Office. Many postal officials, such as Frederick Kelly, turned their hand to directory publishing as a means of both aiding their work and making some extra money. Information was collected by letter carriers, who circulated forms during their postal rounds, and also delivered the finished directory on commission..
In the 20th century over 250 were published each year, the peak year being 1936, with around 320 directories appearing. But a decline came after World War II as many publishers went out of business. With the advent of the telephone large-scale directory production and usage ended.
Directories of Little & Great Snoring 1845-1933
- William White's Directory of Norfolk 1845
- William White's Directory of Norfolk 1854
- Norfolk and Norwich Directory 1863/1864
- Kelly's Directory of Norfolk 1875
- Kelly's Directory 1883
- Kelly's Directory of Cambs, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1892 [Part 2]
- Kelly's Directory 1896
- Kelly's Directory 1900
- Kelly's Directory 1908
- Kelly's Directory 1912
- Kelly's Directory 1916
- Kelly's Directory 1933