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Hi Dave T
That's helpful, I'll look through the Directories and see which ones name the latest Mayor's tenure with the same year as the Directory's year and which do not, thanks.
This might show which Directories were finalised prior to, or after May.
I managed to find the actual full date for Uk General elections of the past in order to use the same logic, but unfortunately the MPs had long terms in office, so the idea didn't work.
Here's an interview with Festus Kelly in 1893 describing how the directories were compiled. It obviously changed over the years.