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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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
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.