1931 Trade Directory, Co. Wicklow

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:

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NameAddressOccupationTown
O'Toole Miss35 Main stConfectionersBray
O'Toole Thomas48 Main stBuildersArklow
O'Toole Thomas48 Main stCarriersArklow
O'Toole Thomas48 Main stContractorsArklow
O'Toole W.37 Main stDrapersBray
Pennick & Co.Up. Kendelston, DelganyNurseryman, Seedsman, Etc.Greystones
Penston E., Mrs.2 Main stStationersArklow
Pepper G. L., MissWinder place, Church roadStationersGreystones
Perrer G. L., MissWinder place, Church roadTobacconistGreystones
Pierce A., Mrs.49 Main stGrocersArklow
Pierce J. & M.Upper Main stGrocersArklow
Pierce James11 Main stGrocersArklow
Plunkett J.8 Albert WalkPlumbers & GasfittersBray
Porter F. & L.Trafalgar roadDrapersGreystones
Purefoy ThomasSt. Helen's, Somerby roadSolicitorsGreystones
Pyne Patrick26 FerrybankBootmakersArklow
Quinn DenisMayfield House, Newtown VevayDairiesBray
Railway Commercial & Family Hotel64 Main stHotelsArklow
Railway Hotel (Larkin, P.)Church roadHotelsGreystones
Raverty H.Herbert roadPhysicians & SurgeonsBray
Raverty's Medical Hall110 Main stChemists & PharmacistsBray
Reid Miss95 Main stBoot & Shoe MakersBray
Reilly & Co., Mssrs.Quinsboro roadGrocers & Spirit DealersBray
Reilly Bros.Quinsboro roadGrocers & Spirit DealersBray
Reilly J. J.104 Main stConfectionersBray
Richardson Bartholomew Thomas2 Park Tce, FerrybankElectrical EngineersArklow
River Plate Meat Co.19 Main stVictuallersBray
Robinson see Hayes &4 Athol tceChemists & PharmacistsBray
Roche JohnWexford roadGrocersArklow
Roche William10 Upper Main stBakersArklow
Royal Bank of IrelandDelgany roadBanksGreystones
Royal Bank of Ireland Ltd.107 Main stBanksBray
Royal HotelQuinsboro roadHotelsBray
Ryan BrothersDublin roadWine & Spirit MerchantsBray
Ryan J. W.78 Main stGrocers & Spirit DealersBray
Ryan John W.79 Main stWine & Spirit MerchantsBray
Ryan R. E.32 Main stIronmongersBray
Scally Michael97 Main stWine & Spirit MerchantsBray
Scott E.3 Main stDrapersBray
Scott E.3 Main stTailors, Clothiers & outfittersBray
Scott E. M., Mrs.105 Main stTobacconistsBray
Scott E. M., Mrs.106 Main stStationers & NewsagentsBray
Scott E. M., Mrs.The Emporium, 106 Main stConfectionersBray
Scott J. E.Commercial Buildings, Church roadChemistGreystones
Scraggs T.105 Main stMotor Engineers & GaragesBray
Seapatrick Private Hotel (Bewley, Mrs.)Church roadHotelsGreystones
SeaverageEsplanadeHotelsBray
Shackleton see Hannegan &2 Quinsboro' rdDrapersBray
Sharp MissFlorence roadStationers & NewsagentsBray
Sheehan & EvansMain stCoal ImportersArklow
Sheehan Michael58 Main stGrocersArklow
Shera J.15 Duncairn tceBoot & Shoe MakersBray
Slator Mrs.23 Florence stFlorists & FruiterersBray
Smith J. J.5 Lower Main stDrapersArklow
Smith Wm.Castle streetBlacksmithsBray
St. Bernard's Private HotelEsplanadeHotelsBray
Stella Maris HotelEsplanadeHotelsBray
Stokes Thomas15 Lower Main stPainters & DecoratorsArklow
StrandEsplanadeHotelsBray
Stringer Thos.FerrybankBootmakersArklow
Stuart John33 Main stGrocers & Spirit DealersBray
Stuart JohnMain stBootmakersArklow
Sutton J.2 Adelaide tceBoot & Shoe MakersBray
Swastika Laundry Ltd. 9 Main stLaundriesBray
Tansey Bros.6 Athol tceDrapersBray
Taylor W.Quinsboro roadPhysicians & SurgeonsBray
The Hotel (Guinan, Vincent)Trafalgar roadHotelsGreystones
Thompkins J.Wexford roadMotor EngineersArklow
Timmins John10 FerrybankGrocersArklow
Toole W.35 Main stDairiesBray
Trainor O.-Wine & Spirit MerchantsBray
Travers Arthur32 Main stButchersArklow
Turner MissesQuinsboro' roadDrapersBray
TylersQuinsboro' roadBoot & Shoe MakersBray
Tyrell John & Sons46 Lower Main stYacht & Boat BuildersArklow
Tyrell John & SonsSouth QuayShip OwnersArklow
Tyrell MichaelUpper Main stShip OwnersArklow
Tyrell PeterUpper Main stShip OwnersArklow
Tyrell see Kearon &South QuayCoal ImportersArklow
Vance & Co.92 Main stChemists & PharmacistsBray
Victoria Strand HotelEsplanadeHotelsBray
Waldron Thomas88 Main stBoot & Shoe MakersBray
Walker Thomas40 Upper Main stBakersArklow
Wallace Bros. Ltd.2 Albert walkCoal MerchantsBray
Walsh OwenSouth QuayPlumberArklow
Waterhouse John H.Killarney HousePhysicians & SurgeonsBray
Wedick J.TinahashGrocersArklow
Wicklow & Wexford HotelSunnybank, Darge rdHotelsBray
Wilde George15 Main stStationers & NewsagentsBray
Wilde George15 Main stTobacconistsBray
Wolohan John1 Bridge stHairdressersArklow
Wood & Magee Quinsboro roadRestaurantsBray

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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