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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. - printer
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  2.6 Directory maps   2.6.1 George Philips & 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 known publishing venture would seem to be a map of Plymouth, dated 1848. By 1890 his address was 86 Treville Street. He seems to have been a specialist lithographer and printed maps for John Heydon, Jewitt, Cornelius and James Fairweather. In 1881 Maddock published a new map of Plymouth and the following year it was included in Eyre Brothers’ Post Office Plymouth and Devonport D
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  2.5 The later Plymouth directory publishers   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 but also had 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.11. ) .   Hood issued only the Fifth Edition before handing over to J G Hammond. They appear to have kept the Plymouth directory going and issued the 11 th edition of the Hotel guide. However, they did attempt to exploit the Eyre Brothers name. While the t
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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 publ
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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 ( Fig9. ). 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 . Despite their announcement in the Introduction to the second edition that Our first issue of the H
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  2.2 Directories and other works   The Eyre Brothers tried to take every advantage of the booming tourist market and a volume The Wales Register and Guide [i] appeared in 1878. It covered the whole of Wales beginning in the north with Anglesey. This work included maps of North Wales and South Wales, again by Philips but this time without any extra heading. In the Introduction, dated April 1878, they announce that the next issue will be ready early in 1880 but no 2 nd edition is recorded. This First Issue of The Wales Register (and probably the only issue) has no date on the title page but has Eyre Bros at their No. 10 address and the cover is clearly dated. The guide began with North Wales (pp. 5-178) and South Wales had its own pagination (pp. 5-238b), the whole liberally interspersed with advertisements and finishing with lists of Baronettage and Peerage , then the Bishops and an Appendix and over 118 pages of adverts. The adverts in this guide do give us an idea of the E
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  2.1 The Watering Places   The guide to the Watering Places of the South of England  was advertised as A guide to the health and pleasure resorts of the South Coast (title page) and covered all the eight counties on the south coast from Kent around the coast clockwise ending in Gloucestershire. [i] The first edition was a comprehensive work with over 700 pages devoted to describing the counties followed by an advertising section with 200 more. With the changes in holidays and the affordability of train travel they endeavoured to answer the question “Where shall we go?” To meet this want we have endeavoured to prepare a work which shall be ... a guide, and a directory . The plan was to re-publish the guide from time to time as occasion may require , i.e. there was no strict schedule for issuing an improved edition. Consequently, only one later edition appeared as Eyre Brothers’ Watering and Visiting Places of the South and West of England including South Wales , published in (Jul