This database is the result of a volunteer project to create a name index to Cheshire and Chester trade directories from 1781-1840. The trade directories included so far are:

  • Broster’s directory of Chester, 1781 (includes other towns in Cheshire)
  • Cowdroy’s directory of Cheshire, 1789
  • Broster’s directory of Chester, 1795
  • Pigot’s directory of Cheshire, 1822-23
  • Chester directory of 1840
The index is not yet complete but as of October 2009 includes over 9,500 names. More information about trade directories and searchable, scanned images of later trade directories.

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