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The W.P Spalding Street Directory of Cambridge for 1904.
(William Potter Spalding)
W.P Spalding first produced a street directory for Cambridge in 1874 and continued to do so until the
Second World War. A complete set can be viewed at the Cambridgeshire Collection and a complete set
of facsimiles exists at the Cambridge Records Office. They were issued originally every 3 years, but they
became an annual publication after the First World War.
The W.P. Spalding directories were relatively unusual in that they gave a listing of all occupants by street
whether they were private occupants or traders. Even from the earliest copies occupations were listed.
Also included with each edition was a map. Included on this CD-ROM are the W.P.Spalding maps for 1904,
1924 & 1949.
The Indexes & Facsimile Pages
Page by Page
A detailed list of the contents of the 1904 W.P.Spalding Street Directory of Cambridge, linked to the facsimiles.
This section is broken down into 3 distinct parts.
1. The "PRE-Directory" pages, with adverts, lists of contents and other information
2. The Street Directory of Cambridge
3. The "POST-Directory" pages, with adverts and indexes of traders.
The Surname Index
A complete Alphabetical Surname Index, sorted by Surname and then by Forename/Title
Each entry is linked direct to the facsimile of the original page where the entry appeared.
Surname Prevalence List : A: Sorted by Surname
Surname Prevalence List : B: Sorted by Occurrences
The Street Index
A complete Alphabetical Street Index, sorted by Street & then by Side Street.
Each entry is linked direct to the facsimile of the original page where the entry appeared.
The Other Indexes
Complete Alphabetical Indexes for the following: -
Advertisements House Names Trades
Churches Occupations
Colleges & Schools Public Houses
Each entry is linked direct to the facsimile of the original page where the entry appeared.
Why 1904?
I (Hugo Brown) have been researching my wife's & my own family tree for many years. I had located
James Smee (my wife's 2x Great Grandfather), a college servant in all the Spalding Directories save for
1904. So I decided to create a short index, just surnames only, to locate James Smee. I soon realised that it
would be far more interesting to create a full index of all 14,555 entries contained within the 1904 Directory.
My goal became, to create an Alphabetical Index in paper form, with copies deposited with the
Cambridgeshire Collection and the Cambridge Records Office. But I am serious amateur photographer with a
very keen interest in computing and digital photography. This CD-ROM became the obvious solution.
As to James Smee, well after 3 years work indexing I can see why I didn't find him, he wasn't listed.
This Site
Welcome1 General Information about the CD-ROM
Welcome2 About W.P. Spalding Directories
Welcome3 About W.P. Spalding Maps
Welcome4 About the Photographs
Welcome5 5 Tours withs maps & photographs
Links Links to Genealogy & History Sites
Order Info Details of How to Order
Demo A slow Demo showing a little of what the CD-ROM can do.
Last Updated 9th October 2002
Hugo Brown (2001) Background Photograph = Jolly Millers Public House, Newnham
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