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  2.7 The Name Survives While others had tried to issue a Plymouth area directory such as Thomas (1836), F Brendon (1852), W Brendon (1862, 1864 and 1867) or Thorne/Trythall (1873, 1875, 1877), none seems to have lasted as long as that of the brothers. Although the Eyre Brothers gave up their directory after only four editions it did have a long, and moderately successful, life. After 16 editions under their name it was taken over by A H Swiss in 1905 as The Post Office Directory of Plymouth, Devonport & Stonehouse which became … Plymouth and District after 1915. The secondary title being With which is incorporated "Eyre's Post Office Plymouth, Devonport, Stonehouse, and District Directory”. Swiss and Co. were a firm operating from Devonport which seem to have specialised in hunting maps, producing maps for most English counties with hunts. [i] Alfred Henry Swiss  was registered as printer at 112 Fore Street in White’s Directory of 1878 and Swiss & Co. - printers
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  2.6 Plymouth Directory maps 2.6.1 George Philip & Son   As noted above, the 1 st edition of the Plymouth directory included a map and this was a Philips´ Handy Atlas map. The size and the format of the book meant that the county map chosen fitted perfectly with one centre fold. It had the EYRE BROTHERS` SERIES OF GUIDE MAPS as title above the top border and the address of the publishers is given as 10 Paternoster Square, London. [i]   2.6.2 W H Maddock   William Henry Maddock  was a printer, engraver and lithographer in Plymouth and appears to have been active from circa 1848 to the mid-1880s. His only previously known publishing venture would seem to be a map of Plymouth, A New Map of Plymouth ..., dated 1848. By 1890 his address was 86 Treville Street. He seems to have been a specialist lithographer and printed a map of Exeter for Llewellyn Jewitt (1850), two maps for John Heydon (1859 and 1860), a map of Dawlish for W M Cornelius´guide (1868) and a map of Salc
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  2.5 The later Plymouth directory publishers   2.5.1 W H Hood 2.5.1 W H Hood   Nothing is known about W H Hood except they had premises at St Martin´s House, 29, Ludgate Hill in London as well as a local office in Plymouth at 193 Union Street (West of England Office). The only work listed in the JISC catalogue is William Crossing´s Tales of the Dartmoor Pixies: glimpses of elfin haunts and antics published in 1890. Crossing was, at that time, without doubt the best authority on Dartmoor (according to the Western Antiquary of April 1889) and the book was printed by the local firm of Hoyten and Cole (Russell Street, Plymouth). [i] After the text there are a few advertising pages and one advert is for Hood´s Picturesque Devonshire ( Fig.13. ) .       Fig.13. Advert for Eyres´ Picturesque Devonshire    Hood issued only the Fifth Edition before handing over to J G Hammond but they appear to have kept the Plymouth directory going and also issued the 11 th edition of the Hotel guide
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  2.4 Eyre Brothers’ Post Office Plymouth District Directory   In 1880 the first directory for the Plymouth area was published as Eyre Brothers’ Post Office Plymouth District Directory , embracing Plymouth, Devonport, Stonehouse, and the District Five Miles Round (First Edition, 1880-81). [i] Dated September 1880 the Introduction apologises to the residents of the so-called Three Towns (i.e. Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse) for a two month delay in publication and hopes for increased support of their inhabitants on future biennial occasions . The directory was published by the Eyre Brothers again in 1882-83 (2 nd ), 1885-86 (3 rd ) and 1888-89 (4 th ) suggesting they found it difficult to keep to their projected timetable. There were 16 Editions of the Post Office Directory attributed directly to Eyre (with slight change of name) until 1904 [ii] . However, only the first four editions were actually published by the Eyre Brothers themselves: the 5 th edition (1890) was publis
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  2.3 Hotels of the United Kingdom Eyre’s Hotels of the United Kingdom appeared first in 1879 (for 1879-1880) and again in 1881 but the indications are that it was published annually. The title page of the first issue promises “Published Every Alternate Year” while the title page of the 2 nd edition promises “Published Annually”. Eyre’s Hotels of the United Kingdom was a lavish affair with red borders to each page, gilt edges and a very attractive cover with colour illustration. Besides maps of north and south Wales, Scotland and Ireland, there were 37 Philips county maps and a plan of the London area [i] ; i.e. a complete atlas of the British Isles ( Fig 11. ). These volumes were also bound by E Symmons & Sons of Bouverie Street in Fleet Street. Apart from advertising themselves as agents for the French Directory the only Eyre adverts are for their Watering and Visiting Places . Although their announcement in the Introduction to the second edition that Our first issue of the Ho