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Durham County Record Office: the official archive service for County Durham and Darlington


Information about trade directories in Durham County Record Office.

Trade directories were published from the late 18th century onwards and list the tradesmen and more wealthy inhabitants of each settlement.

Durham County Record Office holds directories for:

County Durham

1827, 1828, 1829, 1834, 1848, 1851, 1855, 1865, 1879, 1890, 1902, 1910, 1914, 

1921, 1925, 1929, 1934 and 1938.

Durham City

1846-1915, 1931-1937, 1939, 1951-1953

The city directories include street indexes and Durham Obituaries.

You will find some additional information about Using trade directories prepared by the Record Office in partnership with Durham University.

You will find further details of our holdings of directories by searching our catalogue.

Historical directories is an online digital library where you will find digitised images of 12 County Durham directories.

On the Vision of Britain website you will find the full text of three 19th century gazetteers:

  • John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales (1872)
  • Frances Groome, The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1885)
  • John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887).