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The first kind of directories that seem to have been available, that covered Rishton, were the Mannex directories, these were published for Rishton in 1854.

The Barrett's Directory was first established in 1878, and is a little bit like the census that we currently have. 1935 has the owner listed as P. Barrett and Co., but the printers and publishers are Mather Bros of Lune Street Preston. The last edition to include Rishton seems to be the 1951 Edition. After this it was produced solely for Blackburn and Darwen.

The book is only local, being compiled for the Blackburn and surrounding districts, and in the case of Rishton, consists of an introduction to the town, an alphabetical street index and a business index. Blackburn's section contains much, much more than this of course!

The 1947 saw the tab system introduced in the book for the first time. This was a system that Barrett's were to use in every issue from this date and each tab contained a fast index to the sections.

Mather Bros (printers) Ltd at 31 Lune Street in Preston were the publishers and proprietors of the book in 1947.

The book was published every four years, and 1951 was the Twentieth edition.

In 1878 the price was 6s 6d to subscribers, and 7s 6d to non-subscribers. By 1888 this had risen to 7s 6d to the subscribers and a full 9s to the rest. This pricing then continued through to the 1906 edition, when the subscription price was dropped and 9s was the price to everyone.

In 1912, the book was 889 pages long, and cost 9 /-.

The last edition before the WW1 was printed in 1915, and was next printed in 1925. This was the 14th edition of the book, and was a whopping 30s in price, which remained until 1947.

1935 was priced at 30/- (£1.50).

1947 was 32/- 6d (£1.62 1/2).

1854 Mannex Only an introduction to the town existed in this edition.
1868 Mannex The introduction, business listing, and farmers from the 1868 edition of the Mannex directory.
1878 Introduction The introduction to Rishton taken from the 1878 edition 1 of the Barrett's Directory.
1878 Businesses The full list of businesses found in the 1878 Barrett's Directory.
1881 Introduction An Introduction to the town from Barrett's edition 2, 1881.
1881 Businesses All the farms and Businesses found in Rishton in 1881.
1885 Introduction The Introduction to Rishton taken from the 1885 Barrett's Directory, edition 3.
1885 Businesses The complete list of businesses found in the 1885 Barrett's directory.
1888 Introduction The introduction to Rishton from the 1888 Barrett's Directory, edition 4.
1888 Businesses All the businesses, farmers, and carriers from the 1888 Barrett's directory for Rishton.
1891 Introduction The introduction to Rishton from the 1891 Barrett's Directory, 5th edition.
1891 Businesses The complete business listing of Rishton as found in the 1891 Barrett's directory.
1894 Introduction The introduction to Rishton from the 1894 edition of the Barrett's directory, 6th edition.
1894 Businesses The Barrett's directory listing of businesses found in the 1894 edition.
1897 Introduction The Barrett's introduction to Rishton from 1897.
1897 Businesses The full list of businesses found in the 1897 Barrett's directory.
1912 Introduction From the 1912 Edition of the Barrett's directory, this was the introduction to the Rishton Section.
1912 Businesses A Comprehensive List of all the businesses resident in Rishton in 1912.
1935 Introduction The Introduction to the town from the 1935 edition of Barrett's.
1935 Businesses A complete list of all the businesses in the town, including farms in 1935.
1935 Street Index Every Street with the name of every occupier, and their occupation from 1935.
1947 Street Index Every Street with the name of every occupier, and their occupation from 1947.
1947 Business Index All the businesses and farms that were in Rishton in 1947
1947 Introduction The Introduction to the Rishton section of the Barrett's Directory in 1947.
1951 Street Index Every Street with the name of every occupier, and their occupation from 1951.

(There may be spelling errors in this section as I have been unable to proofread this document due the original book being burnt in a fire).