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Official Guide to Tonbridge, published 1950 by  Authority ofTonbridge UDC, NMR Library

Illustrated guides to cities, towns and large villages were popular from around the 1920s and continued to be produced up to around the 1970s.

They were often published by the local council or a body such as the Chamber of Commerce. They were produced for residents and visitors and included information on a range of facilities including transport, housing, education, leisure and health.

Some listed local industries and most contained a large number of advertisements.


Most likely to be in a local studies library - possibly in an archive repository.

Ideas for use
  • When studying Britain since 1930.
  • To compare a locality in the past with the same locality today.
  • To investigate social issues including housing, welfare, education and health.

See also the section on Find Sources

Follow any of the links below for more information on basic sources and ideas on how to use them

Studying Your Locality : Historic Maps : Trade Directories : Newspapers and Magazines : Government Commissions and Reports : Photographs : Census : Estate Agent Records : Plans : Taxes and Rating Records : Probate Inventories : Church Registers

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