I have been building a new historical directory of London for the past week or so, and this includes the entirety of the 1832 Robsons directory which is one of the earliest directories which names the various public houses. It does not name them all, but it’s not bad. It also gives very little detail of the trades of the other people in the listings, and this is to my advantage, as it is therefore a lot less typing!
I am slowly adding the 1842 Robsons directory images to the pages which do convey a lot more detail about the general trade of a street, and the traders concerned.
This post is about Islington, or Islington High street, as it is aptly named in the directory. The listing is very long, and quite difficult to follow. I therefore left this to quite late in the day to work on. What I have done is to compare with the 1842 and 1856 street directories to split the listing in half. Apparently, in 1856, there is a North side and a south side; later it becomes ll sorts of roads, but that you can see from the listing.
I am yet to add 1842 imagery to these listings, but I have been working on this for the best part of 14 hours today, maybe longer. A job for tomorrow. I am also getting used to Vapes, those things that involve nicotine without the tar input, and I have been quite successful today, and tomorrow I will have another go at killing off this awful habit.
Back to Islington. After splitting the street directory into two halves, I the have added links to the many public houses along this street. The first were in Clerkenwell! How can 1 Islington High street be in Clerkenwell? Well, it is.
And so on. For example, as you will see, the modern address for may pubs which had an early street address of Islington High street are now in Essex road. And, I am sure many have had their names changed many times in recent years, or been pulled down, or turned into residences etc. I live in a time zone which is largely enveloped into the history of an area which includes historical census up until 1911, and trade directories until about 1944; I don’t have much detail on the modern times (the last 75 years). Its what I do.
Anyway, enjoy the entirety of Islington in 1832 and some links to slightly more modern ages. Feel free to visit the advertising links, they help me pay for the many sites I run