There is a site called Directories On-Line where you will be able to access some
such Directories.BUT only one or two are digitised for 1860 or thereabouts for
this area . It is a NATIONAL Website so has Dirs. avail for other towns and cities
throughout the U.K. For Birkenhead and Wirral you may also look for info in
Bradshaws Directory of Cheshire as we were part of Cheshire County of course
until 1974 . Such books are avail. in Birkenhead Reference Library and in
Bebington Library Ref Dept upstairs . They are massive ,heavy books and you
need to allow time to study them to find the business or address you are
looking for. I have one or two at home -or extracts i have photocopied.
From the1950s onwards the use of G.P.O . phone dirs became much more
prevalent -either Listings for businesses or for private addresses.
Street directories are another matter. These simply act like an A-Z does today.
They were pblsd by L'Pool Daily Post/Echo . We now use Sat.Navs just to find
where a partic Road or Street is !! Does that help ? I can recommend other
methods if you get stuck as i am regular Local History
'nut " .