1931 Trade Directory, Co. Wexford

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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Allen SamuelMain streetGrocersGorey
Armstrong GeorgeThe QuayHairdressersNew Ross
Armstrong W. & S.TempleshannonCorn & Flour MerchantsEnniscorthy
Armstrong W. & S.TempleshannonGrocersEnniscorthy
Asple's Rafter streetRestaurants & Dining roomsEnniscorthy
Asple's (Thompson, Mrs.)Rafter streetConfectionersEnniscorthy
Bailey J.South St.Painters & DecoratorsNew Ross
Bailey JohnBridge streetButchersNew Ross
Bailey M.Mary streetPainters & DecoratorsNew Ross
Bank of IrelandAbbey squareBanksEnniscorthy
Bank of IrelandMain streetBanksGorey
Bank of IrelandThe QuayBanksNew Ross
Barrington E. & SonsMain streetTailorsGorey
Bates & SonsSt. Michael's roadCoachbuildersGorey
Bates & SonsSt. Michael's roadUndertakersGorey
Bennett J.TempleshannonPublicansEnniscorthy
Bennett JohnPortsmouth Arms HotelPosting EstablishmentsEnniscorthy
Boggan J.Irish streetHairdressersEnniscorthy
Boland JohnEsmonde streetDrapersGorey
Bolger & Co.Hibernian House, Rafter stChina & Glass MerchantsEnniscorthy
Bolger D.TempleshannonPublicansEnniscorthy
Bolger DanielMarket streetDrapersEnniscorthy
Bolger J. & Co.George's streetHouse FurnishersEnniscorthy
Bolger J. & Co.George's streetMilliners & DressmakersEnniscorthy
Bolger J. & Co.Hibernian House, Rafter stBoot & Shoe DealersEnniscorthy
Bolger J. & Co.Hibernian House, Rafter stDrapersEnniscorthy
Bolger J. & Co.Rafter streetTailorsEnniscorthy
Bolger J. & Co., Ltd.Coal YardCoal MerchantsGorey
Bolger J. J.Rafter streetSolicitorsEnniscorthy
Bolger John & Co., Ltd.The MillsCorn MerchantsGorey
Bolger MartinChurch streetTailorsGorey
Bourke P. & Co.Castle streetDrapersEnniscorthy
Bourke P. & Co.Castle streetMilliners & DressmakersEnniscorthy
Bowen Paulina, Dr.Millpark roadPhysiciansEnniscorthy
Bowen William*Millpark roadPhysiciansEnniscorthy
Boyce R.Castle streetGrocersEnniscorthy
Boyce R. R.Castle HillPublicansEnniscorthy
Breen & Co.Market squareBoot & Shoe DealersEnniscorthy
Breen & SonsRock Factory, The QuayWheelwrightsEnniscorthy
Breen & SonsThe QuayCoachbuildersEnniscorthy
Breen TerenceChurch streetButter & Egg MerchantsGorey
Breen TerenceChurch streetFowl merchantsGorey
Brennan J. R.The AvenueCommissioners for OathsGorey
Brewer J.IrishtownPublicansNew Ross
Brewer'sIrishtownGrocersNew Ross
Broaders ThomasFairgateBakersNew Ross
Brooke-KellyRafter streetChemistsEnniscorthy
Brown EdwardNeville streetBootmakersNew 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.