This edition of Kelly's Directory was published in 1898 and is republished here on CD-Rom. Spread over 745 pages this publication is a treasure trove of information for Essex in the late Nineteenth Century. This directory includes every parish in the county and provides a thorough topographical description of every town, parish, village and township, describing the principal buildings and geographical objects of interest in each. Great care is also taken in Kelly's treatment of the ecclesiastical divisions of the county with descriptions of all the churches, cathedrals the value of the livings, parochial incumbents and patrons. The same level of detail is provided for the civil and local administration of the county with full information on county courts, districts fairs, markets, county hunts as well as communications such as rail and post throughout the county. Beginning with Abberton and ending with Little (or Upper) Yeldham the amount of detail included for each one is enormous. This is then followed by a Private Residential Directory for Essex. Listing the head of household there are over 10,000 names in this section alone. The Trades and Professional directory is spread over 155 pages and contains approximately 20,000 businesses listed alphabetically by profession. This edition of Kelly's Directory of Essex is prefaced by a topographical and geological description of the county and is concluded with an extensive advertising section. For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the county of Essex this fully-searchable 1898 edition of Kelly's Directory is highly recommended.
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