Month: August 2018

London street directory in search engines

I know this sounds very sad, but I live for the responses I get in search engines, particularly google. I also just checked out Bing to see how I am doing. Sad, but true.

I currently believe I am #1,2 6 and 7 in google for pub history. This sounds about right; it changes at different times of day depending on the google servers I am communicating with.

I am also trying to build a presence for the search ‘London street directory’, and I am doing pretty well, roughly about #6 for my pub history site & #26 for the newer London19 site; both in google. This will improve over time, the pub history site has been about 20 years in the making; the latter site I started in the last few weeks!

The main barrier has been making the sites applicable to web search from mobile phones, the appearance of a site on a desktop PC is very different to that on a mobile phone, and there is very little out there to explain the differences. It is a very closely guarded secret.

I am winning, I think.

The other barrier has been those who are interested in early pub history are generally only interested in a specific address, which makes sense. The site/s are slowly building on the early street directories of London specifically. The site I am working on is the entirety of London in 1832, which is five years before Queen Victoria came to the throne!

This site also includes details from 1842, five years after Victoria was crowned. The site is not only a very early listing in London, it also links to my pub history site, which is absolutely brilliant.



London 1832, 1842 street directory

I have had a rather good day on the London street directory. I fell asleep last night looking at the Museum of London web site, this is a brilliant place to visit. And with my limited IT skills, I wanted to create something similar.

It is far from this level, but I am quite pleased with the result. I now have a page of transcription in 1832, in London, plus a small image of the 1842 street directory.

Here is an example, mostly for the letter O at present – London 1832 street directory

I have altered the page layout so that this works for both desktops and mobiles, I think.

I also cycled four miles, as compared to yesterdays five miles; tomorrow I will do ten miles! This is part of my keep-fit campaign.


Update for Wapping High Street in 1832 and beyond.

I started the day transcribing the relevant parts of the Holden 1811 directory, finishing the letter I and moving slowly to the letter M – this is the surname of the licensee or wine & brandy merchant, etc. etc. I am slowly moving the site earlier, if I can; and particularly in London.

I noticed there seemed to be a pattern of specific streets recurring in this listing, in particular, Wapping High street, for example.

##Although I am now retired with lots of spare time, I rarely have enough to do all I need to do! Up at 8am today, my wife had already left me, to sing with the Gamesmaker choir at the hockey semi-finals at Stratford, she’s home now. Apparently, although England were knocked out by Netherlands in the quarters. Ireland beat Spain today, and are the unexpected finalists on Sunday. My daughter has also been to Brighton to enjoy the gay pride regatta, and also returned. I had a quiet day.

Today, I have  worked through the 1811 Holdens directory, added Wapping High street & Wapping wall street directories for 1832; and updated many other pages, with links etc.

I have found two new (VERY OLD) pubs in Wapping High street, and added them to the site pages.

So, what have I learnt? Well, there were a mass of pubs in Wapping High street in 1832. How many are there now? Not many. How many then? a hell of a lot. Enjoy the site/s.

The point of this post? No idea, but I enjoyed it. And lots more to come.