Category: Coffee Houses

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 inĀ  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.

Kevan

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.

Enjoy.

Kevan