Local history collection

Local book collection Local Collection

The Reference Library's Local Collection contains a wide range of books as well as other printed materials, such as reports, newsletters, community magazines and ephemera. Concentrating on the N.Yorkshire/Teesside region, the collection includes histories of: villages, towns & parishes; businesses & societies; prominent buildings. The library also holds a collection of local maps dating back to the 19th century.

The photographic collection, containing approximately 3,500 images illustrates the social history of the area. The majority, taken by local photographer A.E. Graham in the early 1900s, include pictures of streets, buildings, people and events. A selection of the photographs can be viewed in the links to the Historical photo archive.

We also hold materials of interest to family historians such as local census returns, monumental inscriptions and some parish records.

Materials relating to our region are also held at Teesside Archives and the North Yorkshire County Record Office in Northallerton.

Teesside Archives, a joint service managed by Middlesbrough Borough Council, is responsible for the collection and preservation of materials relating to the areas covered by Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Hartlepool Borough Councils. A postal search facility is available for members of the public who are unable to visit in person.

Directories in stock at Redcar Reference Library

BAINES, Edward Baines, Yorkshire: Vol 1 - West Riding, (2 copies)
BAINES, Edward Baines, Yorkshire: Vol 2 East & North Riding, (3 Copies)
BULMERS History, Topography + Directory of North Yorkshire, 1890 (3 copies)
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Cleveland, S.Durham + N.Yorkshire, 1991
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Cleveland, S.Durham + N.Yorkshire, 1993
CHAMBERS Trades Register of Yorkshire, Northumberland and Durham, 1973
CHAMBERS Trades Register of Yorkshire, Northumberland and Durham, 1974
CHAMBERS Trades Register of Scotland and North East England, 1977
DEACONS Court Guide Gazetteer and County Blue Book, 1883
Directory of Middlesbrough, 1959
Directory of Middlesbrough, 1960
HULL, York and District Trades Directory, 1936-37
KELLYS Directory of Middlesbrough, 1887
KELLYS East Riding of Yorkshire, 1905
KELLY'S Directory of North + East Ridings + City of York, 1889, 1909 + 1929
KELLY'S Directory of the City of York + Neighbourhood, 1961
KELLY'S Directory of the City of York + Neighbourhood, 1975
KELLY'S Directory of Darlington + Neighbourhood, 1973
KELLY'S Directory of Scarborough, 1975
KOMPASS Company Information for North + North-East England, 1971
LANGDALE Thomas, A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire, 1822
PARSON + WHITE, Durham + Northumberland Vol 1 + 2 1828
PARSON + WHITE, Cumberland + Westmorland with Furness +Cartmel, 1829
PIGOT + COS National Commercial Directory, Durham, Northumberland + Yorkshire 1834 (Re-print)
REDCAR + CLEVELAND BUSINESS DIRECTORY, 1997/98 (2Copies)
SLATERS Directory of Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland, Westmoreland + Cleveland, 1876-7
TEESSIDE Directory, 1961
TEESSIDE NETWORK, 1994
TEESSIDE NETWORK, 1995
THE CENTURYS PROGRESS, Yorkshire Industry + Commerce, 1893
WARDS Directory of Redcar + Coatham, 1910-11
WARDS Directory of Redcar + Coatham, 1932-33
WARDS Directory of Redcar + Coatham, 1934-35
WARDS Directory of Redcar + Coatham, 1936-37
WARDS Directory of Redcar + Coatham, 1938-39
WHELLAN T, History + Topography of the City of York + the North Riding of Yorkshire vols 1+2, 1857 (2 copies)
WHELLAN Francis + Co., History Topography + Directory of the County Palatine of Durham, 1894
WHITE William, History, Gazetteer + Directory of the East + North Ridings of Yorkshire, 1840
NEWCASTLE, Sunderland, Durham + Middlesbrough Trades Directory (Town + County Directories), 1948-49 (2 copies)
NORTH EASTERN COUNTIES of England Trades Directory (Trades Directory Ltd), 1955-56, 1962-63, 1963-64


Photocopied pages of Directories at Redcar Reference Library

For Marske-by-the-Sea:

KELLY'S North Riding of Yorkshire, 1893,1897, 1901, 1905, 1909, 1913
WHITE'S Directory 1867
For Middlesbrough:
MIDDLESBROUGH Directory 1897

For Redcar and Coatham:

KELLYS North Riding of Yorkshire, 1889,1897 + 1907
MERCER'S Directory, 1869 (includes Guisborough)
WARD'S Directory 1906-7, 1908-9 + 1926/27
WHITE'S Directory, 1867

For Saltburn:

Directory for 1878 (Publisher not known)

For Skelton:

Slater 1849

For Brotton, Marske, Redcar, Saltburn, Skelton:

Post Office Directory 1872
Kelly + Co.

Local History Directories

Directories set out to record the principle inhabitants of a community, those in trade, or those affluent enough to be recognised as the important people in a community, such as gentry, clerics or professionals. Trade directories were produced by commercial publishers at almost random intervals during the late 18th and 19th Centuries. Directories were sold primarily to the gentry and leisured classes in the 1700s. From 1850 onwards, however, the directories were designed for a more commercial market.

Many directories were composed by a local correspondent and sent into a central publisher. Nineteenth century directories are usually arranged alphabetically by Church of England parish, preceded by an alphabetical list of the townships.

Each entry has a brief historical description of a village, followed by a contemporary description and a list of private inhabitants and local trade's people. They contain topographical details (including mineral deposits); history - in some instances the information having been taken from previous directories; a description of a village at a fixed point in time; population figures; details of transport (e.g. stage coach, carrier, railway); names of public buildings (e.g. inns, schools); names of local officials and businesses.


Newspapers & Periodicals
We have the following titles of local significance, some in hardcopy, some on microfilm. It is advisable to pre-book a film-reading machine in order to use the latter.

Title Format Holdings
Banner of Faith (St. Peters Church, Redcar) later renamed "Church & People" H 1888 - 1899 (1894/95 missing)
Banyan Tree (Journal of the East Yorkshire Family History Society)   1997 - 2001
Church & People Redcar Parish Magazine later renamed "New Dimension" H 1955 1977 some years incomplete
Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society Newsletter H 1977 -
Cleveland Bird Report H 1974
Cleveland Family History Society Journal H 1980 -
Cleveland History (Bulletin of Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society) H Nos. 1, June 1968
Cleveland Industrial Archaeologist H No. 1, 1974 -
Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society Newsletter H Nos. 1 60, 1974 - 1996
Cleveland Industrial Heritage H 1997 -
Cleveland Journal M/film 13/2 - 23/10 1873
Cleveland Methodist Minister M/film Oct. 1874 - Jan 1875
Cleveland Standard: Redcar M/Film 1908-1952 (indexed)
Dalesman H 1998-2005
Durham Archaeological Journal H 1989 - 2001
Evening Gazette H 6 months
Evening Gazette M/film 1868 -
Farming in Yorkshire H 1984 -
Guisborough Exchange M/film 23/2, 25/10 1872 23/4/1874 27/7/1878
Guisborough Grapevine H No.1,May 1998 - Dec. 1999 (missing 10/98, 12/98 & 7/99)
Guisborough Times H Feb. 1999 - incomplete
Homewords for Heart & Hearth (Skelton Parish Church & St. Aidans, Moorsholm & Boosbeck) H 1892 - 1912 (1896 missing)
Journal of the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society H 2000 - 2006
Kirkleatham Parish News H 1889-1895 (incomplete)
Loftus Advertiser M/film 1879 - 1895, 1897, 1899 -1906, 1909 - 1916
Loftus Town Crier community newspaper H Mar 1999 - incomplete
Marske Parish Magazine H 1894 1895
Middlesbrough Standard: Redcar M/film 10th October,1908 - 1940, 6/3/1948 - 9/4/1948
Moorsline H 1986 - 1996
New Dimension (St. Peters Redcar & Kirkleatham Parish Churches) H 1978 - 87
North Magazine H 1971 - 1974
Northern Echo H 10 months
Northern Echo CD-Rom 1995 - 2003
Northern History H 1966 -
Parish Window (Christ Church Coatham) H 1998 -2002
Parish of Coatham & Dormanstown Magazine (previously Parish Window) H Jan. 2003 -
Park Ave. Baptist Church Family News H 1951 1983 (incomplete)
Proceedings of the Cleveland Institute of Engineers H 1928 - 1941
Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society H Sep. 1955 - Nov. 1996 Vols. 30-51 (Vol. 31, pt.3 & Vol.35, pts 2&3 missing)
Redcar & Cleveland Visitor (& Middlesbrough & Stockton Gazette) M/film 1/10/1869 - 25/6/1870
Redcar & District Free Press H 1932 - 1941
Redcar & Saltburn-by-the-sea Gazette M/film 9th July, 1869 - 1900
Redcar & Saltburn News M/film 1874-1875 + 20th August 1892 15th
Redcar & South Bank Free Press M/film 11th July, 1929 31st December 1931
Redcar Borough & District Observer M/film 10th Nov.-29th Dec. 1923
Redcar Parish Magazine H 1930 - 1939
Remember When H 1996 -
River, Coast & Country H Jan 1998; Feb. 1999 -
St. Leonards (Loftus) & St. Helens (Carlin How & Skinningrove) Church Magazine   1999 (incomplete)
Saltburn & Cleveland Advertiser M/film Jul.1927 - Sep. 1932
Saltburn Observer M/film Oct.1938-Oct.1939
Saltburn Times (published as "Saltburn & Guisborough Times" 20/10/1900-17/7/1908) M/film 17/6/1887-13/10/1900 20/10/1900-29//9/1916 28/6/1924-3/1/1925
South Durham & Cleveland Mercury M/film 16/12/1865 September 1906 (1872 & 1897 missing)
Stokesley & District Town Crier H Iss. 110,Jun/Jul 2001 (incomplete)
Tees Valley in Business H May, Jun, July, Dec 1998; Feb. 1999 May 2001 (incomplete)
Teesside & Darlington in Business H July 1997 Mar 1998
Teesside Star H 21 Jan - 2 Dec 1966 18 Feb 2 Dec 1966
Tees Valley Briefing H Oct.1998 -
This month in Teesside H 1971 - 1974
Vanity Fair - Saltburn H 1925 - 1927
Whitby Gazette (East Cleveland Edition: Friday only) H 12 months
World Archaeology H 2000 -
Yorkshire Archaeological Society Journal H Vol. 14,1898 (incomplete); Vol. 22, 1943 -
Yorkshire Archaeological Society Annual Report & Accounts H 1948-1989 (incomplete)
Yorkshire Life H 1998 -
Your Business - Tees Valley H Mar Nov 2001 (incomplete)


H - Hardcopy

Other Records include:

Council Minutes:
Redcar Corporation Accounts: 1923 - 1967
Redcar Borough Council: 1922 1967
Teesside County Borough Council: 1967 - 1974
Langbaurgh Borough Council: 1973 - 1995
Cleveland County Council: 1974 - 1996
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council: April 1996 - present

Electoral Registers: 1964 - 2002

Telephone Directories:
Middlesbrough Area: 1967 - 1998 (Incomplete)
Newcastle Upon-Tyne: 1962 - 1963

Yellow Pages: Middlesbrough Area 1977 present

Access to Archives:
The English strand of the UK archives network
Website: www.a2a.org.uk


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17/11/2014

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