London pub history & address updates

Apparently, there are a number of pubs which have closed since 2008, maybe a quarter of all pubs. This is systematic of the property prices, and also supply & demand. I am not surprised. Many of the pubs I used to visit were awful. I always look out for a Wetherspoons pub if I want a decent pint and food, these days, anywhere I happen to be visiting in the UK.

I wonder what is the definition of a pub these days, anyway.

The pub history site lists pubs since at least 1832, and the addresses are often severely out of date. I am planning to start updating all addresses as I visit a page for a pub to its latest address. Even if this address is still up to 80 years out of date, hey ho!

I do pub history of an early address, rightmove does the later stuff, and considering they are making millions out of property, they ought to be sponsoring my site. Well, someone ought to be doing this. I continue to add later street directories for London

Me, I just keep slogging along with updating every day  about the history in a long gone era, which is far more interesting than the current valuations of a property.

Or maybe NOT.




London 1940 street directory & St Georges East

Another day of updates. There are hundreds of pages of the London 1940 street directory, and I have added a few for the letters of A & B, but now a first for C – Cable street. These are all just prior to world war 2 and the blitz of London. More on that to follow.

Some years back, I started transcriptions of this street, Cable street, in 1921. Latterly I noticed that a church site had used the listing and made a rather excellent page of history around this detail. Thank you.

Tonight, I have recently added the 1940 listing of the same street. My links all go back to pub history, not because I am madly interested in pubs, but they are the easiest buildings to fixate on, apart from the churches, of course.

As part of this update, and as I was adding links, this led me back to the Horns & Horseshoes, at 10 Cable street. The pub actually closed in 1997, but this is irrelevant.

As a mad fan of Dr Who, and in particular the latest Dr Who (Mrs), I have been particularly impressed with some of the story lines recently. They visited America in about 1950 when a black American lady refused to give up her seat on a bus; then in 1947 at the partition  of Pakistan and India.

Then I spotted one of my pub pages, the ‘Colour bar’ in 1949 at the Horns & Horseshoes. 

It would be astounding unless you factor in the problems with immigration and Brexit, and the untold problems for the Windrush generation, mostly caused by the current prime minister, previously the home secretary who caused all of these issues …. who knows what planet she come from?

Enough, the site is London history.


London 1940 street directory

The London 1940 street directory has been planned for a long time, many years. The reason I have delayed this is because of the work involved. It will take me at least six months of regular updates, working all day on this one update!

Whatever, let’s get on with it and just do the update. I can find six months of my life to fulfill the requirement, and it will be so brilliant.

I have made a very small start, adding parts of the letter A, and Whitechapel.

I am adding relevant pub history as I work through various pages.



London history site – 1818 to 2019

A very quick update which I should do as I am building the site, and not very late at night. But hey ho.

I am now beginning the very slow and painful task of adding a street directory for 1940 to my London street directory. This is just prior to the bombing of London in the blitz of world war two when many of these streets become annihilated.

There is nothing new on the site, as of yet; but this will all start appearing in the next few days and weeks and months!



London street directory in 1832, 1842 etc & London pub history

The London street directory which I am building slowly from early London directories is now reaching an important stage. All of the Robsons 1832 street directory is now listed in transcript form on the site; there is an individual page for each street or road. The vast majority of the 1842 street directory has also been added to the relevant pages in image format. This latter detail gives a significant amount of additional detail to that of 1832, which is fairly basic.

Both of the Robsons directories are being cross-checked with the Pigots 1833 directory listing of pubs, which has been brilliant in  confirming whether a street did actually exist in 1832 even if not listed. There is nearly twenty years of pub history research on my sites, and it is fairly detailed, and also fairly thorough.

I have also been starting to add the early coffee houses, taverns and hotels to the relevant directory; the early street directories make this so much easier to locate a specific area and parish to add these entries. These street directory listings are in an entirely different format to anything which currently exists, and should be viewed as an incredibly useful and freely available resource.

The addition of mapping an early street address to an early map is starting to take place. The mappings I am using also show the address in modern day format using the National Library of Scotland site in the links.

Basically, the London history site is improving every day, and the current build is all being completed and funded by one person (me), with zero additional funding from any organisations.

I hope you enjoy the site, and other historical sites like the pub history site which is particularly strong in London for extensive earlier research.

Let me know if you wish to help out in anyway, or even an offer to sponsor the sites would be great.


London county council & world war I

I don’t have anything amazing to say in this post, but I do have a site which I spent many hours building around Christmas 2017. Sadly, like many of the soldiers in the trenches in that time, I was struggling a little at work, and was getting up at 6am in the morning over the Christmas break for some reason, I have no idea why, but it did happen.

During these early morning sojourns on the internet, I built a site around the London County council and their employees who served during world war one. I stopped building the site shortly after, but it is pretty amazing what I can do in quite  a short period of time.

The London County Council provided a service record of the Great War, in 1920, and this was awarded to all of its former staff. It is a brilliant record of the war; and its highs and lows, the dead and those awarded with gallantry medals; this record actually lists about 10,000 former LCC personnel, and brief details of their war record, including deaths and their length of service, their regiment, and any gallantry awards etc.

I recorded this detail at the site; plus a sister site. I cannot remember why I split the details, but both are worth a visit. In addition are added records of some gallantry awards, and other regimental information.

I left employment later that year through early retirement. I doubt I would have lasted a week in the trenches, what an awful war. And then, in 1918, followed a massive flu epidemic killing off  another 3-5% of the world population – known as the Spanish flu epidemic. In modern days, I think we call this bird flu, and will happen again sometime soon.

Whatever. And now we have Trump, ignorant moron, refusing to accept climate change, and who will kill the planet and most of us in the next 10 years or so.

Happy days.