It’s late. I have just spent the day adding the 1940 street directory for Commercial road, east London and others. There are a surprisingly few pubs in this street, but not a problem.
Both sites, the London street directory site, and the pub history site now look a little different due to style changes, a grey background, and also a change in the advertising provider.
I then started to look at individual pubs, well at Shoreditch pubs, and started with the Acorn. I thought it about time to look at individual pages on the site, and make them ore attractive, rather than just a plethora of facts / landlord lists. I have added the 1939 Electoral register to this page for Thomas John Bryant and a host of early history for a 30 year long licensee of the Acorn, with links to the Queens Arms – I will leave you to read the entirety of the story, for what it’s worth!
I did find the Hackney road listing in 1940 incredibly useful when comparing addresses in this road, and in particularly the Queens Arms. A damned blooming useful listing although I say it myself!
All my changes take a lot of time due to the volume of pubs listed, which is most of them!
The London street directory is slowly building, and that of 1940 is slowly being added. I have posted on the 1940 index a reason for doing this, which mainly ties up with the London blitz and also the excellent 1939 electoral register – the latter has dates of birth which are incredibly useful for anyone researching their family history. I am also adding links back to the relevant pub and its history.
I will shortly be adding Hackney road in 1940; the 1832 and 1842 listings are very near completion, and there are random 1921 streets. The 1940 directory also lists a far greater selection of London, i.e. all of it. Many of the more outlying parts of London were listed in suburban directories, e.g. in Battersea, Greenwich etc.
Another interesting fact is a new trend in google search. As google knows who I am, and the names of some of my main web sites, it actually tells me the average trending position for my sites, e.g. if I type a search for ‘London street directory’, my sites are averaging at 6.2 and 19.2 although in the top ten positions, I have entries at 7, 8 and 9 for various pages. The same goes for the words ‘pub history’ as a search, where three sites are listed as at 2.7, 6.4 and 8.5; there are many major sites out there that do not trend as well.
It is also interesting to note that writing a simple blog post like this gets noticed in search engines specifically as more interesting than any individual page on a site where there may be 50,000 pages. I guess because the wordpress posting is very recent, it is also in a more interesting readable format than many of my pages on pub history or street directories.
This is one of the better 1832 street directory pages, i.e. Great Ormond street ;
I chose that page as google showed an early interest in it, and using it showcase how all of the other pages on the site could look as I find the time. There is never enough of it.