Happy New Year 2019 – a London street directory year

Its about 10 minutes before midnight of the new year in 2019, and I am watching Freddie mercury live for the very last time. Well, maybe it is not live, sadly. Brilliant man.

About a year ago, I was in quite a dark place. I have long moved on, and looking forwards to 2019 after retiring from the workplace earlier in the year.

I now spend an inordinate amount of time updating my pub history sites, and others. Not that I did not do this previously, but now I do not need to hide this activity.

I obviously do not get paid for any of this apparent activity, so feel free to share the sites with your friends, etc. They are not brilliant, but they are also a labour of love in the making; and I use them all of the time in my research of London streets. The pages are actually brilliant if you know how to search them.




Changes to the London history sites & pub history

I am never really clear where I am going with any of my web sites. I don’t post a lot on the blogs, as the sites do speak for themselves. I have spent many years of obsessive hours building the sites and getting them to where they are today, and although the revenue from this is menial, the actual placements in online search makes up for this.

I occasionally go through a sudden inspiration in opening new web sites, and a year or tow down the road, I drop these same names. I am thinking about this at present. My main site is about pub history, and largely identifies London and its surrounds. It is also being upgraded as a historical London street directory.

Why do I not add the records from the LCC for 1918 to this site? These are the 10,000 people who worked for the London County Council during the first world war. I am moving towards this idea.

I also have 55,000 pubs listed in the 2018 directory for the whole of the UK. I doubt if I can match many of these to actual pub history pages. What shall I do with these?

This blog will be going fairly soon. It is expensive rubbish that I can do without.

I have also been looking at upgrading my server, this can wait for the time being.

My pub history site continues as is for a while longer.


Accessible rail stations & London


I added a hosts of pages to a web site some years ago in relation to accessible transport on the London underground rail system. The pages are not bad, and are now many years out of date, except they are not. Here is a list of the stations.

The pages for each rail station link to the many good sites which care about disabilty, and these include London Transport. I remember that when I was writing the pages, there were many people who were quite loud about getting stuff right, but I never have had any feedback on the pages. Let me know what needs fixing.

I am thinking about updating these pages in the near future, mainly as part of my interest in London; although I also have an interest in making sure that areas are accessible for all. If you would like to have an input into my pages, of which there are many, let me know, I cannot do this all by myself.


Angel, Islington – a bit more

A random post tonight. Just for clarification, as you will see, the Angel is actually in Clerkenwell, apparently.

About 15 years ago I started to rebuild a pub history site for Essex. It was obviously the Essex pub history site, and not my site. The original owner, Ian Pubby Hunter had died, and it was a brilliant site which needed saving, that’s history now.

A friend of mine, Colleen, helped me in rebuilding this site, and also along the way as I started to add new areas, like London. I still have a plethora of images for pub history of all areas, including London, which have been stored away for a number of years.

Tonight, I found an image of the Angel, Islington in 1819. Apparently, and according to my informative page of detail, this was the date that the pub, the Angel,  was actually rebuilt.

That sounds like a good enough reason for posting, although I am not repeating all of the useful stuff on the page, although I am sure some moron will copy and paste the same into a blog.

The Angel,

Enjoy, and thank you Colleen.

Camden pub history in London

I am currently working my way through the Camden pubs, and in particular those that I list in the 2018 directory listing for the Borough of Camden. I have identified most of these as in the St Pancras region of London, but a few appear to be in outlying areas of Middlesex, i.e. Kilburn and Hampstead. This is obviously according to my very outdated system of adding pubs to a feudal system of church parishes, rather than concentrating on modern postcodes, etc.

This has always been a difficult concept. Anyone can list the modern pubs, and where they are now (with a considerable amount of work involved in just doing this),  but to add all of the historical pubs in and around London gets more difficult by the day, as they close, or are renamed, or change church parish, or become a London borough, or for many other reasons.

So, I am currently updating anything I think  that should be listed as a Camden pub, which includes bits of Hampstead, Kilburn, and all of the St Pancras region.

I will get this right eventually, and I am adding a number of older pictures I have been storing away for this update! I think this latest update is correct for the Old Black Lion, in Camden – I have probably got this entirely wrong.



History of London in its evolution – on the way!

Later today, I am visiting some relatives who live in Chelmsford. Little do they realise that their new home is not that far from where my grandparents lived in the 1891 census, and my grandfather was actually born. My family, less their dad, were living in Romford ten years later, and in the same road for about the next 70 years.

I have long considered working from the census enumerator  to discover where my grandfather was actually born, and lived for a while, and listed as Moulsham district. The family had moved slowly from Suffolk, being agricultural labourers (posh word for peasant in many cases). I have lots of history tracing them back to Hemley, Raydon, Kettlebaston, etc.

In about 1890, Robert Wilding was born in the Moulsham district, and I discovered this way back, probably fifteen years ago. I now thought maybe I could refine this a little. It states they lived in Galleywood road (now the B1007), but this is quite a long road.

If you visit the properties listed nearby in the census, and remembering that the enumerator actually walks this, we have the following detail :

We have the Potteries in Wood street, Tile Kiln farm, Thrift farm, five Galleywood road properties including my Wilding family, and then Woodlands. Next is Bexfield cottages and Bexfields, and then properties near to the Running Mare.

The latter pub is still there, and easy to find. The rest is a little less distinct, until you find an old turn of the century map, e.g. at the NLS 

Here is a screen shot:


You can just about make out Tile Kiln farm at the top right, and Woodlands near the bottom, and to the left of this is Bexfields which is now the Clarendon House veterinary practise. My best guess is that they lived about where Russell green is now, and a few properties are shown, one of these is probably Thrift farm, maybe.

That’s it really, and I will revisit the area sometime in the near future, and perhaps find a few more maps which do exist.