Trade and Commerce in Liverpool to 1900
The first ever printed directory of Liverpool was published in 1766 by John Gore (1738-1803), "Containing an alphabetical list of the merchants, tradesmen and principal inhabitants of the town of Liverpool; with their respective addresses. Also separate lists of the Worshipful the Mayor and Common Council; Officers of the Customs...
The first five issues of Gore's Liverpool directory were reprinted in the early 20th century. These are reproduced here with links to the images of surviving original copies.
Over the years, a number of other publishers tried to emulate Gore's success but in vain, as this small group of directories, representing all those for the period held by the Liverpool Record Office, attests.