Maps, directories, electoral registers and rate books
An extensive collection of Ordnance Survey and other maps in the The Manchester Room@City Library can be useful for tracking down former addresses.
Directories can be viewed on microfilm and on-line at the Manchester Room@City Library covering Manchester 1772 to 1969, Lancashire and Cheshire.
Electoral registers for the years 1832 to 2002 for the City of Manchester (as it was at the time) are available in the The Manchester Room@City Library, all but the last 10 years being on microfilm. These are arranged by ward and street. Please note that we do not have a surname index to them. For further information on using electoral registers, please see our Electoral Register Guide.
Rate books for Manchester from 1706 to 1901 are available on microfilm in The Manchester Room@City Library. Rate books from 1902 to 1956/1957 are available at the Greater Manchester County Record Office (2 weeks notice required). More information about these can be found in our Rate Book Guide.
The Greater Manchester County Record Office also holds Land Tax Valuation Registers for 1910.