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Plymouth (3 Towns) Tourist Companion & Trade Directory 1823

The tourist’s companion; being a guide to the towns of Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock, Stonehouse, Morice-town, Stoke, and their vicinities (1823)

A facsimile of the original book

Including The Breakwater, Naval Arsenal and other remarkable objects. With a directory of the principal trades people. Throughout the Industrial Revolution Plymouth grew as a major shipping port, handling imports and passengers from the Americas, while neighbouring Devonport grew as an important Royal Naval shipbuilding and dockyard town. The county boroughs of Plymouth and Devonport, and the urban district of East Stonehouse were merged in 1914 to form the single county borough of Plymouth. The city’s naval importance later led to its partial destruction during World War II. After the war the city centre was completely rebuilt. This early tourist ‘vade mecum’ conveys an enormous amount of information, much of it perhaps of little use to a touring visitor, but undoubtedly of much interest to the historian or genealogist. The guide represents a discrete pinch in time (1823), since the inevitable attrition of those whose names appear in it, would make its continued use redundant in several years.

The latter part of the Guide takes the focus from Plymouth to Plymouth Dock, Stoke Damerel, Morice Town then to several rural communities in the general Plymouth area. Devonport, formerly named Plymouth Dock or just Dock, is a district of Plymouth and was once the more important. It became a county borough in 1889. Devonport was originally one of the “Three Towns” (with Plymouth and East Stonehouse). These merged in 1914 to form what would become in 1928 the City of Plymouth. It is represented in the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency. An alphabetic list of the Trades People, their occupations and the names of the streets in which they reside is presented.

This rare and much sought-after book was produced digitally by Google from a copy in the Library of Congress collection and can be downloaded from HathiTrust. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers. (316 pages)


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