Nearing the end of another long days research. My email became very busy due to the cold weather snap, and people getting back to their laptops, and researching their history; and I received a large number of updates over the weekend. Many thanks.
I am continuing to update the London 1832 street directory, which is going very nicely, thank you. I also continue to add 1842 images of the same street directory to the relevant pages. I completed large parts of the letter B today, e.g. Bethnal green, Bishopsgate, Borough High street, Bow etc etc
Its now quite late, and I spent the last couple of hours looking at what is available in early street directories online. Ancestry, in which I have been subscribed for many years, just continues to get better. They now have a rather long list of directories to search. Not all of these are immediately apparent, and I have a [personal] page of links to the various directories.
I originally thought that the 1832 Robsons directory was the earliest street directory listing named pubs, and I was wrong. There are in fact two complete London Pigots listings in 1828 and 1829 which include the pub names; but you do need to search by surname only. I am guessing the type setter improved, i.e. the errors are less in the early Pigots directory – the errors in the 1832 Robsons directory are a joke!
You do need to work through the hundreds of pages looking at each entry to see if a pub is listed in these two early directories; and I cam not planning on doing research for other people. This research can wait a while.
On the last point, it is interesting on how many people email with a “I am researching a specific area, I have found so far that ‘then quote my research’ ; do you have any further research to add to my research”? Not all people are so lazy; but nearly all people calling themselves researchers are, especially those for TV programs!
In the meantime, I will probably start adding the 1836 pubs directory to the site in the near future, date not yet planned.