_Directories published by the Post Office, Kellys, Whites or the many others can be found in libraries and record offices and in some cases online. They provide information, along with phone books that may help you trace the occupiers and the presence of your house and record changes made to the street or area.
The level of information contained in local directories varies, but you should find sufficient details about a house to help you with your research.
Directories, on the whole, contain street-by-street lists of houses and their principal occupants.
Do take care though and remember that house numbers as well as roads sometimes change over the years, sometimes because of changes to the road – for instance some new buildings or the need to renumber when the postal system was introduced.
So keep an open mind when you are tracing what is 25 Accacia Street today. It may not have been that number in 1860 or indeed it may not have had a number at all.
Historical Directories is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919.
The Public record Office of Northern Ireland has various street directories
Ancestry.co.uk has City and County Directories, from 1600s to 1900s and various British Phone Books, 1880-1984
The National Library of Scotland has street directories
Scottish Directories can be found at Scotlands People web site
Most Record offices have good local collections of directories