Local History

Trade Directories

The Record Office holds copies of Trade and Street Directories dating from 1784 to 2007, although most of them date from the period 1852 to 1951. Those directories which include the Island as part of Hampshire or other larger counties often contain less information about the Island as a consequence. In contrast, the directories which are dedicated to specific parts of the Island often include street directories rather than just lists of notables and companies.

Trade and Street Directories held at the Record Office

  • Isle of Wight section from the Hampshire Directory J Sadler (1784)
  • Pigot & Co’s National Commercial Directory (1830)
  • The Vectis Directory (1839)
  • Post Office Directory of Hampshire (1852)
  • Post Office Directory of Hampshire (1855)
  • Craven and Co’s Directory of Hampshire (1857)
  • White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (1859)
  • J.G. Harrod & Co’s Postal & Commercial Directory of Hampshire with the Isle of Wight (1865)
  • Hill's Historical & Commercial Directory of the Isle of Wight (1871)
  • Post Office Directory of Hampshire (1875)
  • History Gazetteer of Hampshire and Isle of Wight (1878)
  • Hill's Historical & Commercial Directory of the Isle of Wight (1879)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1886)
  • Pike’s Isle of Wight Blue Book and Local Directory (1888)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1891)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1894)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (1895)
  • Hants and Dorset Court Guide and Blue Book (1897)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1899)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1904)
  • Kelly's Directory of the Isle of Wight (1906)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (1907)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1908)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1910)
  • Kelly's Directory of Hampshire and Isle of Wight (1915)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1921-22)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (1923)
  • Kelly's Directory of Isle of Wight (withdrawn due to condition) (1924-25)
  • Kelly's Directory of Hampshire and Isle of Wight (1927)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Ryde and the neighbourhood (1931)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Sandown Shanklin Ventnor etc., (1931)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (1931)
  • Isle of Wight Times Directory Ryde and District (1931)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1933-34)
  • Kelly's Directory of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor (Withdrawn due to condition) (1933-34)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (1935)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Shanklin Sandown and Ventnor (1935-36)
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trade Directory (1935-36)
  • Kelly’s Directory of the Isle of Wight (1935)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Ryde (1935)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Newport (1937)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Ryde (1937)
  • Kelly’s Directory Shanklin Sandown Ventnor and neighbourhood (1937-38)
  • Kelly's Directory of Hampshire and Isle of Wight (1939)
  • Kelly’s Directory Newport Cowes and neighbourhood (1951)
  • Kelly’s Directory Ryde and neighbourhood (1951)
  • Kelly’s Directory Shanklin Sandown Ventnor and neighbourhood (1951)
  • Brighton and Sussex Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trades’ Directory (1963-1964)
  • H.H. Directory of Hampshire (1964)
  • H.H. Directory of Hampshire (1965)
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight Trade Guide (1966-67)
  • Sussex Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trades’ Directory (1967)
  • Hampshire Trade Guide (1968-69
  • Hampshire Trade Guide (1970)
  • Midland & Southern Counties Trades Directory (1971-1972)
  • Hampshire area Trade Directory (1974-5)
  • Isle of Wight Business Guide (1975)
  • Isle of Wight Business Guide (1976)
  • Isle of Wight Directory (1977)
  • Dorset/Hampshire area Trade Directory (1979)
  • Business to Business (1990)
  • Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Industry (2005)
  • Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Industry (2006)
  • Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Industry (2007