Trade Directories

Trade directories can be a valuable aid to family historians, helping to fill in the gaps between the censuses.

The University of Leicester has compiled a digital library of high quality reproductions of local and trade directories for England and Wales for the period 1750 – 1919.

Baines Directory of Lancashire 1825

The following is an extract from the description of Newton, followed by the Houghtons who are listed:

“Newton-in-Makerfield is a small borough town and chapelry in the parish of Winwick, and in the hundred of West Derby; 5 miles north of Warrington, and 7 miles south of Wigan. This borough contains 275 houses, occupied by 289 families, consisting of 1,643 persons. Of these families 55 are employed chiefly in agriculture, 221 in trade, manufactures, or handicrafts and the remaining 13 are either engaged in professional pursuits or unemployed”

Corn Dealers and Millers:

HOUGHTON, Thomas (and maltster)

Farmers:

HOUGHTON M & E; Wagry Moss

Miscellaneous:

HOUGHTON, George, Chapel Clerk

Slater’s Commercial Directory of Lancashire 1851

This edition describes the townships of Newton and Widnes as follows:

1. Newton and Ashton-in-Mackerfield, with the villages of Winwick, Lowton, Golborne and neighbourhoods.

“Newton-in-Mackerfield, a market town and chapelry, formerley in the parish of Winwick, but erected into a distinct parish, under the provisions of an act of parliament obtained in 1845, is in the hundred of West Derby” … “The church of Saint Peter was erected in 1682” … “The new parish church [Emmanuel], built in 1842, and situated near Wargrave moss is a neat structure” … “The independents have a chapel” … “Population of the parish in 1841; 3,139”

2. Farnworth, with the townships of Widness and Appleton, Cronton, Rainhill and neighbourhoods.

“Widness and Appleton is a joint township, in the parish of Prescot, a short distance south of Farnworth” … ” The population of the joint township in 1841; 2,209″

Page Place Type Name Address






Accrington







13
Joiners, Builders and Timber Dealers Thomas HOUGHTON Oswaldtwistle

Bury

67
Butchers James HOUGHTON 10 Spring Street

71
Shopkeepers and Dealers in Groceries and Sundries Thomas HOUGHTON Croston Lane

Chorley

78
Nobility, Gentry and Clergy Miss Ann HOUGHTON Chapel Street

79
Booksellers, Stationers, Printers and News Agents George HOUGHTON (and music and musical instrument seller) Market Street

80
Fire and Office Agents George HOUGHTON (Royal Liverpool) Market Street

80
Iron and Brass Founders John & Thomas HOUGHTON (and engineers) Phoenix Foundry, Railway Station

82
Registrars George HOUGHTON (Registrar of Marriages) Market Street


George HOUGHTON (Registrar of Births and Deaths for the Chorley District) Market Street


Stamp Office George HOUGHTON (distributer) Market Street

Clitheroe

87
Boot and Shoe Makers James HOUGHTON Downham

Darwen

99
Retailers of Beer Emanuel HOUGHTON Bolton Street

Denton

103
Wheelwrights Joseph HOUGHTON Openshaw

Farnworth

112
Gentry & Clergy Mr Richard HOUGHTON Cronton

Mr William HOUGHTON Farnworth

112
Boot and Shoe Makers Isaac HOUGHTON Cronton

William HOUGHTON Cronton

112
Inns & Public Houses Ann HOUGHTON (Black Horse) Widness

113
Shopkeepers and Dealers in Groceries and Sundries Henry HOUGHTON Rainhill

James HOUGHTON Appleton

Thomas HOUGHTON Farnworth

113
Tailors Thomas HOUGHTON Appleton

113
Tool Manufacturers James HOUGHTON Cronton

113
Miscellaneous James HOUGHTON (Bricklayer) Cronton

Horwich

131
Post Office Peter HOUGHTON (Post master) Blackrod


Grocers & Dealers in Sundries Peter HOUGHTON Blackrod

132
Miscellaneous Joseph HOUGHTON (Earthenware Dealer) Horwich

Kirkham

133
Manufacturers William HOUGHTON (sacking and sailcloth) Freckleton St

134
Watch & Clock Makers Thomas HOUGHTON Poulton St

Liverpool

162
Nobility, Gentry & Clergy Mrs Esther HOUGHTON 32 Wavertree Rd

Mr John HOUGHTON Mill Lane, West Derby

Mr Joseph HOUGHTON Sawn Hill Cottages, Edge Lane

Mrs Mary HOUGHTON 29 Upper Parliament St

Mr Raymond William HOUGHTON 43 Gt Nelson St

167
Academies & Public Schools Richard HOUGHTON 16 Huskisson St

171
Attorneys Thomas HOUGHTON Ca.es St

182
Butchers Charles HOUGHTON 51 Standish St

Jas. HOUGHTON 5 Brow side, Everton
185
Chemists & Druggists James HOUGHTON 4 Elliott St

189
Comb Maker & Dealers in Ivory & Tortoiseshell Charles HOUGHTON 17 Silver St

220
Shopkeepers and Dealers in Groceries and Sundries John HOUGHTON 75 Upper Mann St

224
Spirit Vaults & Spirits Dealers George H HOUGHTON Vauxhall Rd

232
Taverns & Public Houses Old Swan; Joseph HOUGHTON Old Swan
234
Vine; Joseph HOUGHTON 3 Old Haymarket

235
Retailers of Beer Elias HOUGHTON 56 Pall Mall

238
Timber Measurers and Brokers HOUGHTON & Smith 45 Sefton St

James HOUGHTON 45 Sefton St


Timber Merchants HOUGHTON & Smith (Mahogany) 45 Sefton St

James HOUGHTON (Mahogany) 45 Sefton St

241
Wheelwrights Joseph HOUGHTON Much Woolton

242
Wine & Spirit Merchants HOUGHTON & Little 2 Brooke’s Alley

248
Town Mission Society Mr John HOUGHTON, Secretary 8 Slater St

249
Government Tax Office (Collectors) Zechariah B HOUGHTON 70 Grove St

Lytham

259
Surgeon Edward HOUGHTON Wets beach

Manchester

After page 278, a new section named Classification of Trades begins, starting at page 1

28
Fent & Patch-work Warehouses & Dealers William HOUGHTON 9 Oak St, Swan St


Finishers HOUGHTON & Co Clowes St, Salford

36
Ironmongers Thomas HOUGHTON 40 Port St

38
Libraries Richard HOUGHTON 7 Medlock St, Ardwk

61
Shopkeepers and Dealers in Groceries and Sundries including also Provision Dealers Philip HOUGHTON 84 Silver St, Hulme

65
Stationers Thomas HOUGHTON 14 Broad St, Pendleton

66
Stiffeners William HOUGHTON Clowes St, Salford

73
Retailers of Beer William HOUGHTON 45 Chester St, H.
The section named Classification of Trades ends at page 80; the page numbering continues at page 357
366 Places of Public Worship Christ Church, Acton Sq, Salford. Clerk: Thomas HOUGHTON 5 New Richmond, Pendleton
384 Carriers by Road and Rail (To Austerlands, from the Old Swan, Shudehill every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) Edward HOUGHTON
Newton and Ashton-in-Makerfield
396 Gentry & Clergy Miss Ellen HOUGHTON Lowton
Ormskirk
414 Nobility, Gentry & Clergy Miss Mary HOUGHTON Aughton St
Mrs Mary HOUGHTON Burscough St
415 Balance Makers for Weighing Gold James HOUGHTON Church St
Milliners and Dress Makers HOUGHTON & Wignall Church St
416 Watch & Clock Makers James HOUGHTON Church St
Prescot
424 Watch Balance Makers Thomas HOUGHTON New Road
Miscellaneous Allen, HOUGHTON & Brother Cotton Manufacturers Hillock St
Preston
429 Boot and Shoe Makers Thomas HOUGHTON 5 London Rd
437 Shopkeepers and Dealers in Groceries and Sundries Thomas HOUGHTON 25 North St
Thomas HOUGHTON 7 Ratcliffe St
440 Retailers of Beer John HOUGHTON 69 London Rd
St Helens
474 Boot and Shoe Makers Thomas HOUGHTON Liverpool rd
475 Shopkeepers and Dealers in Groceries and Sundries Ann HOUGHTON Liverpool rd
Richard HOUGHTON Westfield St
476 Retailers of Beer James HOUGHTON Church St
477 Watch & Clock Makers Stephen HOUGHTON 57 Church St
Warrington
497 Boot and Shoe Makers Thomas HOUGHTON Winwick St
William HOUGHTON Horsemarket St
Braziers & Tin Plate Workers Hanlet HOUGHTON Market gate
Butchers John HOUGHTON Grappenhall
498 Fustian Cutters Thomas HOUGHTON Foundry St
499 Ironmongers Hanlet HOUGHTON Market gate
501 Stay Makers Elizabeth HOUGHTON Fennel St
502 Wire Drawers John & James HOUGHTON (pinion) Turner’s Fold
William HOUGHTON (pinion & round steel) Silver St
Wigan
514 Shopkeepers and Dealers in Groceries and Sundries John HOUGHTON Billinge
Cheshire
Altrincham
524 Nobility, Gentry & Clergy Mr Henry James HOUGHTON Hollybank, Bowdon
525 Academies & Schools William HOUGHTON, Master; (Phoebe Lumsden, Mistress) National School, Bowdon
Saddleworth
548 Shopkeepers and Dealers in Groceries and Sundries Edward HOUGHTON Austerlands

 

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One thought on “Trade Directories

  1. Baines Directory of Lancashire 1825
    Farmers:
    HOUGHTON M & E; Wagry Moss {Wargrave Moss}

    these could well be the sisters Margaret and Elizabeth HOUGHTON – reputed land owners of the time – mentioned on the wall plaque in Newton St Peter, perhaps buried in Winwick

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