Bolton Library and Museum Services

Directories

The collection consists of printed trade and commercial directories and also telephone directories of Bolton and the surrounding area.

Although the trade and commercial directories are mainly commercial in nature, many of them contain alphabetical lists of residents.  They were not published annually.

Trade and Commercial Directories

Editions held are for the following years:
1787    
1836   
1870   
1890  
1899-1901   
1928
1805   
1838  
1874  
1890-1891   
1902-1904   
1907
1814-1815 
1843
1876
1891   
1907  
1932
1816-1817 
1845  
1881 
1892  
1911   
1934
1818   
1849   
1882   
1892-1893   
1916   
1953
1821-1822   
1851   
1885   
1894-1895   
1921   
1955
1824   
1853   
1887   
1895   
1922   
1967
1829   
1861   
1888   
1896-1898   
1925   
1971
1834   
1865   
1889   
1898   
1927  
 
Note: These directories were produced by various different publishers, and the content varies between different directories.

Trade and Commercial Directories on Microfilm

  • Microfilm A7:35    1824, 1882, 1889, 1922
  • Microfilm A7:36    1851, 1853, 1861, 1865, 1870-71, 1874, 1876-77, 1881, 1885
  • Microfilm A7:37    1887, 1888, 1890-91, 1892, 1894-95, 1896-98 (part)
  • Microfilm A7:38    1896-98 (cont), 1898-1900

Trade and Commercial Directories on CD-ROM

  • 1822 Pigot’s Lancashire Directory
  • 1855 Slater’s Directory of Lancashire
  • 1869 Slater’s Directory of Lancashire

GPO/BT Telephone Directories

  • Bolton and District: 1956 to date

Yellow Pages

  • Bolton and District: 1977 to date

Business Pages

  • West Pennine: 1987, 1990
  • North West: 1994, 1998, 1999, 2003

Thomson Local Directory

  •     Bolton: 1981 to date

Postal Address Book

  • North West: 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002
Additional telephone directories are also held at various branch libraries, and also at the 'In Depth' section of the Central Library.