- name, size and location
and Roman Britain
Angles, Saxons and Vikings
Church, tithes & glebe
The Kelly's, Post Office and Harrod & Co Directories were very
much like today's Yellow Pages. They contained a list of all the businesses and tradespeople located in a village, along with details of the local gentry,
landowners, charities and facilities.
The extracts below are the main pages from these
directories for Cottingham and Middleton.
You will see that many of these directories make reference to there having been a
hospital for leprous persons in the village in the time of King Henry III.
However, according to Peter Hill's book 'Rockingham Forest Revisited' this is
incorrect, with Cottingham having been mistaken for nearby
Coton, a village which has since disappeared.
With the exception of the 1870s Directory, all of
these directories can be viewed in full on the University of Leicester's
searchable database of historical directories at