1931 Trade Directory, Co. Wexford

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Directories set out to record the ‘principal inhabitants’ of a community, particularly those in trade or the professions. Directories were put together by individuals and publishers for commercial purposes at intervals during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Here is the 1931 Trade Directory, exclusive to From-Ireland.net:

Travers M.Main streetFruiterersGorey
Travers Mary., Mrs.Mary streetBootmakersNew Ross
Travers Mrs.Mary streetPawnbrokersNew Ross
Tumbleton P.Mary streetHairdressersEnniscorthy
Ulster Bank Ltd. Court streetBanksEnniscorthy
Usher F., MissMain streetDressmakersGorey
Vickers R. G.Charles streetJewellersNew Ross
Walker JohnWilliam streetBlacksmithsGorey
Walker Wm.Main streetBoot & Shoe MakersGorey
Wallace BrothersCoal YardCoal MerchantsGorey
Walsh M.AirmountPhysicians & SurgeonsNew Ross
Walsh Samuel & SonsCourt streetPaintersEnniscorthy
Walshe J., Mrs.South St.DrapersNew Ross
Warner P.The QuayHairdressersNew Ross
Warren Ed. J.The AvenueSolicitorsGorey
Warren EdwardThe AvenueCommissioners for OathsGorey
Warren Geo. W. & Co.TempleshannonAuctioneersEnniscorthy
Warren GeorgeThe AvenueAuctioneerGorey
Warrington J.Main streetWatchmakers & JewellersGorey
Webb JohnMain streetButchersGorey
Webb JohnMain streetUndertakersGorey
Webb MylesMain streetBakersGorey
Webster M. A.Main streetBakersGorey
Wheelock Wm.Main streetVictuallersEnniscorthy
Whelan J.Rafter streetPublicansEnniscorthy
Whelan M. J.Island roadPublicansEnniscorthy
Whelan M. J.Slaney HouseCarriersEnniscorthy
Whelan M. J.Slaney HouseGrocersEnniscorthy
Whelan Michael J.Island roadPosting EstablishmentsEnniscorthy
Whelan W.RosberconGrocersNew Ross
Whelan's HotelRafter streetHotelsEnniscorthy
White M.Castle streetButter Merchants & ExportersEnniscorthy
White PeterCastle streetCorn & Flour MerchantsEnniscorthy
White PeterCastle streetGrocersEnniscorthy
Whitney F. & G.Crane & Co.PhotographersEnniscorthy
Whitney's Medical HallCharles streetChemistsNew Ross
Whitty MarkIrishtownSaddlersNew Ross
William's Medical HallQuay streetChemistsNew Ross
Williams T.Main streetGrocersGorey
Williams ThomasMain streetGuns & AmmunitionGorey
Williams ThomasQuay streetShipping AgentsNew Ross
Williams William GeorgeQuay streetGrocersNew Ross
Williamson R.Abbey QuayPaintersEnniscorthy
Williamson RobertAbbey QuayBuilders & ContractorsEnniscorthy
Yates J. F.Templeshannon QuayCorn & Flour MerchantsEnniscorthy
Yates J. F., & SonThe QuayChina & Glass MerchantsEnniscorthy
Yates John F., & SonTempleshannon QuayWool MerchantsEnniscorthy
Zimber BrothersCharles streetJewellersNew Ross

In Ireland, many of the towns had a square, and around the square were houses (homes) with one or two shops or business’s. The streets of the town all went from that square. Most towns had a ‘Main street’ – some called it a High street, and it was usually on that main street that the majority of shops and businesses were located. Shops had one or two large windows depending on the size of the shop. Many Public houses had a grocery section. You walked in the door and the grocery section was at the front of the shop with the pub at the back – usually a wooden division separating both. The Grocer or Publican may have had a field or more behind the building, cows were milked and the milk was sold to those who would bring in their ‘Jimmy’ cans. Most business men/people had more than one occupation. The Publican as described above was also the Grocer and if he sold milk then he could also be described as a Dairy man. As you go through this list of names you will see that many.

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