A wonderfully comprehensive directory containing every detail of the towns and village in The West Riding. (Note: excludes Leeds, Sheffield, Rotherham and their adjacent villages).
In each place there are list of private residents and commercial traders, plus a huge alphabetical directory that covers the whole area.
The larger towns have a house by house, street by street listing of households! The trick here is to use the directory to track your ancestor down, their name and where they lived. Then use the other information in the directory to build up a picture of what the village was like, where they bought their food, where they drank their ale, who ran the Post Office etc.
This book was kindly loaned to The Archive CD Books Project by The Family Records Centre (the PRO) in London.