When an Area* or Street Name is selected the House Number and HouseName are filtered to show records that match, however, you can leave the Street Name blank and use HouseName independently.
Street Name & House Name lists are drawn from of all Addresses in the stored directories; due to the file size, a letter should be selected to filter Street Names from this list.
House Name are normally filtered by the selected Street Name, however, if they are used on their own, a drop-down letter should be selected to reduce the size of the list.
Entering a Directory Year or Years will filter the results by the selected year(s)
Street Name, House Number and HouseName are straightforward. Area represents address items that appear in the directories which range from hamlet to village to suburb to areas of the inner city. Some entries also contain towns outside Bath - e.g. Bath, Bristol, Chippenham - these are stored in Area.
Examples: Dyrham often appears as part of Chippenham, Wick occasionally appears as part of Bristol.
Most addresses entries don't give an area, if using a street name just enter that without the area and many more records will appear.
Under the list of Areas starting with B you will also find Bath, selecting this will show those entries that specify the city - these are small in number as they are Bath Directories and usually entries do not show the name of the city.
Search For Addresses by Type in Address Parts of Using Partial Searches
You may use the text box next to the drop-down lists to type any part of an address*.
Also use the text box to search using a
Partial Street or House name insert a
% at the end, beginning or both to indicate unknown letters:
e.g. - because Abbey Churchyard appears over various directories as Abbey Church Yard, Abbey Church-Yard, Abbey Church yd., etc.,
if you enter Abbey Church% into Street Name you will find all occurrences of this address;
You may combine partial Area, Street and House Names:
e.g. - put
Lower Bristol R% (Lower Bristol Road sometimes is listed as Lower Bristol Rd.)
put %Avon% in House Name and you will get "Avon Cottage" and "Avon Wharf"
Middle parts of Area, Street or HouseName can be selected using
% either side of the partial text:
*N.B. Text items entered are not case sensitive and the drop-down list selection is ignored if the text box is used. Text entry often offers a quick way of finding parts of an address.
Text items are not filtered by the preceeding letter, so can be used as a quicker way to search.