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Kent's Directories of Businesses in London, 1759-1828 (ICPSR 8422)

Principal Investigator(s): Tilly, Charles


Published annually from 1732 until 1828, Kent's Directories provide the names, descriptions, and addresses of businesses in London. This collection is a transcription of the directories beginning with the 1759 edition. In addition to the name, type of business, and street address for each entry, the datasets contain the year of the listing, a "mobility code" indicating presence in the previous year's directory, and a set of geographical grid coordinates accurate to 100 meters. The directories are presented in three data files.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Alphabetical Listing of Street Addresses - Download All Files (6.446 MB)
DS2:  Alphabetical Listing of Businesses by Their Description - Download All Files (4.152 MB)
DS3:  Full Transcription of Kent's Publications - Download All Files (10.499 MB)

Study Description


Tilly, Charles. KENT'S DIRECTORIES OF BUSINESSES IN LONDON, 1759-1828. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Center for Research on Social Organization [producer], 1983. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1985. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08422.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   businesses, retail industry

Geographic Coverage:   England, Great Britain, London, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1759--1828

Date of Collection:  

  • 1980-06--1983-06

Universe:   Businesses included in Kent's Directories from 1759-1828.

Data Types:   administrative records data


Data Source:

Kent's Directories, 1759-1828


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8422.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.


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