Trade directories

The Local Studies section of the Central Reference Library has a significant number of trade directories. They list tradespeople and services as well as names of residents, so they are of great value to the genealogist and the local historian. They also contain extensive information on the history, public institutions and major features of each community.

Online resources

Sections of many directories have been digitised as part of this website, created with the support of the Big Lottery Fund.

The Historical Directories website is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919.

Printed resources 1781 -1897

The following directories are held in the Central Reference Library:

Date Title
1781 BAILEY: Northern Directory
1806 HARGROVE: Yorkshire Gazetteer
1809-11 HOLDEN: Triennial Directory
1816-17 Commercial Directory
1818-20 PIGOT: Commercial Directory
1822 BAINES: History, Directory etc of County of York
1822-3 BAINES: History etc. County of York (2 Vols)
1828-9 PIGOT: National Directory (2 Vols)
1830 PARSON and WHITE: Directory of Leeds and Clothing District
1834 PIGOT: National Commercial Directory
1837-8 WHITE: History and Directory – West Riding
1840-41 ROBSON: Commercial Directory (2 Vols)
1842 PIGOT: Yorkshire Directory
1842 WHITE: Directory of Clothing District
1843 WHITE: Directory of Clothing District (microfilm also available)
1845 IBBETSON: Directory of Bradford
1845 WALKER: Directory of Parish of Halifax (microfilm also available)
1847 WHITE: Directory of Clothing Districts (CD ROM also available)
1848 SLATER
1850 Directory of Halifax, Huddersfield, Holmfirth etc.
1850 IBBETSON: Directory of Bradford
1852 WHITE: Sheffield Directory
1853 WHITE: Directory of Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield
1856 LUND: Bradford Directory
1858 WHITE: Directory of Leeds and Halifax
1861 KELLY: Post Office Directory of West Riding
1863 JONES: Mercantile Directory of Bradford
1863-4 JONES: Mercantile Directory of Halifax (microfilm also available)
1866 STEPHENSON: Halifax municipal. Borough Directory
1866 WHITE: Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Halifax
1867 KELLY: Directory of West Riding (also on CDROM)
1871 KELLY: Post Office Directory of West Riding
1872 SMITH: Directory of Bradford and neighbourhood.
1874 SMITH: Directory of Halifax and District (microfilm also available)
1875 SLATER: Directory of Yorkshire
1877 KELLY: Post Office Directory of West Riding (Calderdale sections only)
1878 SMITH: Directory of Dewsbury
1881 KELLY: Directory of Halifax
1881 KELLY: Directory of Sheffield
1881 WHITE: General Commercial Directory. Vol.2. Halifax, Huddersfield (microfilm also available)
1887 SLATER: Royal National Commercial Directory
1889 KELLY: Directory of West Riding
1889 KELLY: Directory of Sheffield and Rotherham
1890 MITCHELL: Halifax Street Guide and Directory
1893 KELLY: Directory of West Riding
1894 WHITE: Halifax and District Directory
1897 KELLY: Directory of West Riding

1903 - present

Date Title
1903 Halifax, Huddersfield and District Trades Directory
1904-5 Halifax, Huddersfield and District Trades Directory
1905-6 ROBINSON: Halifax and District Directory
1906-7 Halifax, Huddersfield and District Trades Directory
1908 KELLY: Directory of West Riding
1912 KELLY: Directory of Bradford and Suburbs
1915 WADSWORTH: Halifax:A commercial and Industrial Centre
1917 KELLY: Directory of West Riding
1922 KELLY: Directory of West Riding
1919, 1919-1920, 1922-3, 1923-4, Halifax, Huddersfield and District Trades Directory
1924-5, 1925-6, 1926-7, 1929-30, 1931-32 Halifax, Huddersfield and District Trades Directory
1927 KELLY: Directory of West Riding
1928 KELLY: Directory of the Textile Industries in England, Scotland and Wales
1928 Halifax: Commercially considered
1927,1928, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1935 Huddersfield, Halifax and District Buyers Guide
c1935 AUBREY: Directory of Yorkshire
1935 (December) Classified Telephone Directory: West and East Yorkshire
1936 KELLY: Directory of West Riding
1937-82 Halifax Telephone directories (incomplete)
1939-40 Bradford, Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield Trade Directory
1947 KELLY: Directory of Merchants, manufacturers and shippers
1949 (January) Classified Telephone Directory: Leeds, Bradford and York areas
1951 (October) Classified Telephone Directory: Leeds, Bradford and York areas
1952-3 BARRETT: Halifax County Borough Directory
1956-7 Bradford, Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield Trade Directory
1960, 1964, 1966 BARRETT: Halifax County Borough Directories
1960-61 Bradford, Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield Trade Directory
1971-72 Trades Directory(Classified)
1980's-present Various telephone and trade directories