Category: bootstrap

London history & coffee houses

This is not a post about London coffee houses, mainly just a link to a new blog site I am building about Taverns and Coffee Houses. I now have three blogs running, and all are about London history.

Some people wonder why I do this? I have been building historical web sites for the past eighteen years, most are very average. I just love history, in particular London. I could spend every day wandering round London looking for old bits! I don’t do this very often, as I am probably on the autistic scale, and need a specific reason to visit, and a little shy about waving a camera about in public.

This new site does link in to my pub history site, on which I am slowly adding early coffee houses. This is often quite difficult as many existed before the early census, and therefore as I add a public house to a specific London parish noted by an early census entry, this becomes increasingly more difficult. I may have mentioned, I am #1 in google search for pub history, and #2, #6 etc; I am quite proud of this.

My 1832 London street directory is almost complete, which is good, and I spent a large part of my waking day rebuilding parts of my sites/s to accommodate this. This did not take very long, as I was quite late in waking today, this afternoon!

The 1832 street directory is incredibly useful for me in finding early public houses, or any building, and getting some idea where it may be, or near to. Trust me, I have a reason for doing this for my research, too.

I am getting there slowly, but quite pleased with recent updates and site additions.







A London Robsons 1832 and 1842 street directory is building fast

A new site listing the entirety of the  London 1832 street directory with an alphabetical index of all the streets linked to a page for each street is building very fast, and close to completion – well stage one is nearly complete.

Each individual page lists a complete transcription of the traders living along that street as listed in the Robsons directory. Where appropriate, if a trader is a licensee or tavern keeper, there will also be a link from that person, and their address to an entry on the historical pub history site which is brilliant for London and many other areas.

In addition to the listing in 1832, in  which there is not a great amount of detail about the trades of those named, there are in many cases, an image on the same page which corresponds to the 1842 Robsons London street directory. This is very useful, as the information is much more detailed. The 1842 images are just that, they are not a transcription, and therefore a visual check of each images is required. The search engines have so far made the  inference that these images relate to the 1832 trade directory, which they do in road name only!

As an added bonus on one or two pages, the 1842 London street directory has also been transcribed. There is not a plan on doing this for every page, although if anyone wishes to help with this, it may happen eventually,

The 1842 London street directory transcriptions have been added with a simple bootstrap code which allows the text to be viewable or hidden, which is the default.

A good example, the second page to have this addition is on the Star street, Shadwell page. This page was chosen as this early historical detail is currently missing from the pub history site, with details back to about 1851 only, at present. This will change very soon.

Enjoy this new concept, and any suggestions on making the pages even more useful would be very welcome; there is a plan underfoot to link each page to a mapping, but this has yet to be decided. The pages which do link to the pub history site already offer a lot more detail about the specific road / street through a period of time, sometimes up until modern days, and other times for just a few years or decades.

And an addition to the site just recently has been the 1818 Johnstones  London commercial guide, this is in its infancy and lacks detail about pub history, and will therefore be completed as I see fit.

Battersea east SW8 & SW11 pub history & the London 1832 street directory

Another long day of updates. I have been having issues with a certain old microsoft web designer which keeps crashing, and I have started to use a rather nice web designer called Brackets at the same time. It does not provide the WYSIWYG that I need but it does lots of pages without crashing very few minutes, brilliant; it is an html editor in code rather than “What you see is what you get”.

The London street directory continues to grow, and I have added and updated a whole host of streets starting with the letter B, e.g. Bishopsgate etc. I have not yet added the 1842 images, but I will. More streets starting with B to come still.

I continue to check where I am in google search and this is at about #22, which will improve. My pub history site is also at #4 for the same search. That is not bad for a an individual to be #1 for pub history in google and #4 for London street directory. It just does not pay any bills, sadly. Not that I have any specific issues.

I also received a plethora of Battersea pub history images from one of my brilliant contacts. Wow is the word, anything from 1870 to 1970, and these are slowly being added to the relevant pages, all in Battersea east, or SW8 and SW11 as modern post codes seem to work. Plus the road street name changes are being added as we speak.

This is nice, the Locomotive.

One last note, I noticed that my records of some of my early research have never really been used. I may post some of these on the street directory site as listings for an area; I have lots of research for Battersea which has never been published, and loads more for everywhere else, too!

I still have more images to add tonight, even though I seem to be working very long days since retiring!



St Mary le Bow pub history and 1832 London street directory & bootstrap

As part of the research in building this 1832 / 1842 London street directory I start to find gaps in the early pub history research. It is all based on early church boundaries, as I list pub history areas inside this remit. It makes it more difficult to find a specific location on modern street maps, but it does have positives when looking at very early London street maps – my favourite map is in 1746.

One area I spotted today was in the Cheapside area, specifically Bow lane & Watling street. I found a rather excellent blog on the area which someone has spent some time mapping old and new; well, modern photos linking back to what the past may have been like.

From one 1832 street directory of Watling street, led me on a search through old census records and my own site detail, to add just one pub, the Crown Tavern at 7 Bow lane, Cheapside, plus the Crown Tap, at 73 Watling street.

The first address is listed in census for 1851 to 1871; and the latter address is only noted in directories. Both are probably the same, and I will leave this to others to confirm.

Latterly today, I have continued to add more detail to this London street directory in 1832, with additional images etc. I probably need to upgrade the quality of these images; but I also need to consider the next steps in using bootstrap web technology to make this an inclusive design for mobiles, and not just for my old desktop mentality.

I am not planning on redesigning the pub history sites any further, as they are too huge; but I can play with a smaller London street directory of just a thousand pages or so.

My next job, how to make the site mobile-friendly, i.e. responsive.


Old bethnal green road through time and renumbering in 1875

I have been adding more updates for Bethnal Green, in fact I have nearly completed the massive update from Ewan who runs the pubology site. His site links to all the history of pubs through time on my site; and he spends hours looking through old maps, and census etc to supply me with historic updates.

Part of the updates included matching the various beer retailers which existed and are not named in the directories, you find names for them in the census detail and other places, but the road numbering jumps about quite a lot. And, to make matters worse, the census numbering rarely matches that of the directories, sometimes it does.

So, I was thinking about using a road or street in London to make my first concept page on how I would like to correlate lots of detail on this one street or road.

Old Bethnal Green road fits this trend, and is also not too large to test this out on. so this is my first page using these ideas. You can view the various years between 1862 and 1875, and compare a couple of years at a time – and I am still confused! I will add some more over the next day or two, but I think the idea is great; and simple like me.

I won’t attempt to put the comparisons in a table format, as I am also attempting to make the site more mobile friendly, and therefore this just defeats the object.

So, Old Bethnal Green road renumbering in a nut shell. Currently without the pubs links added, but I will. Or just visit the very long list of Bethnal Green pubs through time.

I will also leave this page as it is, but the final pages will be on my new site on which I am building a massive database of early London streets, and currently updating London 1832 with every street or road listed in the Robsons directory. This is a labour of love, and also I rely on the odd adsense clicks to pay for my sites.

After all, I am retired now! Enjoy.