pub history stats – but not mobile

I have been proud for some time to say that I do well in google for the search term, pub history. I should point out that I believe that I am deserved of this rating, even if my pages are boring – 3.7.

Looking at responses through the advertising says something different, and although I just about cover costs from desktop users (oldies, like me); the vast number of mobile users find little of interest in the site /s. I believe.

I have just bought a decent guide on mobile web design by O’Reilly, which I am sure will point me in the right direction of redesigning a site – their books are usually pretty good.

I have been thinking about the design for some time, and I would really like to create some form of framework to build a site each time rather than the ad-doc approach I currently use, and shit Microsoft sharepoint designer software. I have an ubuntu linux desktop waiting to be used, too.

I do not really want the data in a database, although we are talking about thousands of individual records,. I don’t particularly want to use php as a scripting language.

Thinking back to earlier design builds, they used a flat file system of configuration files. Maybe this is an answer?

I think the important point is keeping files small, for web development, and also to allow me to work with massive data, i.e. fifty thousand pages of data, and thousands of images, as the site currently stands.

Maybe I will try this out on a smaller site, of a subset of pages. But then this defeats the object.

More tomorrow, or the next day. I plan to put something different in  place later this year, and will succeed.


London pub, taverns & coffee houses history random updates

I have been quite busy recently. I am trying to get up the google search for London street directory, with my transcripts of the complete Robsons 1832 directory, plus images of the 1842. This site is fantastically useful and I refer to it all of the time. I am at about 6.2 out of all the millions at present, and climbing.

Another thing I have been up to is getting more detail on some of the early taverns, and coffee houses. I can’t always find which London ward to add these to, especially if they are 1666 or thereabouts, so started adding these to another new site:

My favourite is the last entry on the index, the Red Lion, near to Fleet ditch. It makes fascinating reading. I could add more, but this will do for now.

A lot of this detail is in books which are freely available to use and download, and some of them, in fact most of them are actually transcribed on line already, under various guises. I just want the relevant bits to add to a page / s.

I have recently upgraded the server as I was running low on space. I have not seen any main benefits to this yet, but it allows me to add as much stuff as I see fit.

I have probably been up to loads of other things, like redesign of the sites etc. One day the site will be mobile friendly, and I will get there eventually.

My friend Ewan at pubology has just sent me a large Marylebone pub history update, which has been added. I believe there is an even larger one for St Pancras to come soon.

Meanwhile, I spent a little time this evening working on the Seven Dials area of London. I am getting the hang of this area slowly. My examples are those public houses in Monmouth street until about 1846, then the street disappears and reverts as Dudley street for a while, or Broad street for the Kings Head.

All of these streets eventually become part of Shaftesbury avenue. I have not worked this bit out as of yet.


Lots of random updates for pub history in London

I am actually very busy every day adding updates to the pub history sites. Yesterday, I took a few hours out of my day to update one pub in Bonnington, Kent – the Royal Oak.

Moving onwards, I have been building another new site about coffee houses and early taverns. This is probably the most important update I have added for a while. I struggle to find some of the early taverns & coffee houses on the sites.

As I stupidly sort everything in London by church parish, it is just plain difficult to add early records.

I am also unsure about where the 50,000 pages I have on the pub history site are! I know that the number is correct, but I am not really sure what they are.

Added to this, I have been looking at how to make the site more accessible to those on mobile. I bought a cheap phone from Tesco mobile which is not very good. I leave it plugged in to charge most of the  time. Whenever I use it, it runs out of disk space, it is a cheap crap phone  – typical of Tesco, I guess.

What do I need to do?

I need the site to be more web friendly, I guess.

More tomorrow.



More Early pub history for London

I have new blogs building on my site, but for now this one seems quite popular. The pub history site which relates heavily to London and surrounds just gets better every day. I have been adding the 1836 London Pigots directory, and also just completed a first run through of Holdens 1811 directory. Both are good. See the London pub history pages.

These complement my street directories for London in 1832 and 1842 which are a major boon for looking for early pubs in London.

Also, I have just upgraded the server which the sites run on, It is now twice as fast, and has twice as much space. Lots more room for updates.

That’s all for now

Mulberry Tree, Stepney

I have added quite a few updates for the Mulberry Tree today. Lastly, it appears to have existed until at least 1925 at 133 Stepney Green. By 1930 it is the Labour Party Office and Club. I think it looks like a synagogue is also built at about this time.

The Mulberry Tree appears to list from at least 1802, and I list many records from trade directories, licensed victuallers transfers and census to show the relevance of who lived at differing times at this pub. I won’t repeat them here, as they are all listed in a very long and boring list.  But every one of its occupants could probably tell a story.

Just for the record, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of similar pages on my site. None are inspiring, but they do go into quite detailed examination of a public house through time.