Snare's Post Office Directory of Reading, 1842-3

Berkshire Family History Society (2002) CD

Contains over 2,000 addresses and covers everyone from accountants to woollen drapers. There is an interesting essay on Reading and its surroundings, and an 1840 map of the town. An index and an expandable street key in alphabetical order make the addresses easy to find.

A stroll along Broad Street shows a shopping experience very different to that of today: there were many more varied shops, trades and inns. The directory lists residents, trades people such as carriers, councillors and policemen, as well as the expected shopkeepers and craftsmen. Schools and friendly societies are also included along with churches and their leaders. One page displays the itinerary of the opening of the Royal Berkshire Hospital on the 27 May 1839, and lists the dignitaries attending, as well as the names of key medical staff.

Mary Smith

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