Can you help with pub & railway stations pictures?

I am placing a request to everybody. I have no idea whether anyone reads any of my blogs, or visits any of my sites, but hey ho.

I am looking for any pictures of any railway stations, either underground, or over the top. I do not yet have the time to visit all of these. But, I will. This is to add the the accessible rail travel site.

I am also looking for pictures of any of the modern pubs which are listed in my 2018 listings. My records only go to 1944, which is a bit rubbish, and I need to slowly add any other pubs. I know this sounds rather extreme, but I just do not have anything for the modern pubs that abound, specifically in London.

I have lots more requests, as eventually I would like to map the entirety of London with pictures, but this is a dream I can look forward to!

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The London wiki has started, but this blog is retiring

I think the title says it all. I have started on my biggest project so far. After spending 15 years building the pub history site, which is amazing, I am now starting the london wiki site.

The new site was started today, at the same time I cancelled the subscription to this blog! It has been a good blog, but expensive. I can do similar on my server anyway.

Back to london wiki, there are just two partial pages, as I have added on my first day. I am not great at writing articles, but these are not bad.

 

City of London parish pubs

If you are interested in early London, you will share my passion for being in London. Not in the modern, busy hustle, but imagining what the place was like before, a long time ago, but at the same time sharing in the city that calls itself London, and rarely sleeps.

I had a brief glimpse of this today, enjoying an afternoon tea near to the Tower of London. This was after having wandered along parts of Oxford street, and a coffee near to the new BBC building. It was also cold, to my mind, and therefore I was treated to a nice new coat, just an observation.

I spend large parts of my time wandering through London, and looking at a modern coffee house, or whatever it may now be, and imagining whether it was previously a pub, or some other old building. It doesn’t matter, as long as it is not a modern piece of architecture.

But, saying this, I marvel at some of the strange shapes forming Londons outline these days, including Gherkins, Shards etc. I am sure you know what I mean. Our entry to London was also on the lookout for the new Elizabeth Line trains. I did see one, but was unsure as to how this train continues on towards Heathrow, maybe a story for another time. Crossrail is amazing, and I am proud to see it happening.

Back to history, I spent large parts of the week working through the 1911 St Sepulchre All hallows census, just looking for pub entries, and updating the site appropriately. That’s what I do, boring as it may seem or look.

Here are many of my updates to the many City of London parish pubs, and I think I have managed to get them all in the correct parish. All in 1911, but all with lots more history added.

 

 

 

London pub, taverns & coffee houses history random updates

I have been quite busy recently. I am trying to get up the google search for London street directory, with my transcripts of the complete Robsons 1832 directory, plus images of the 1842. This site is fantastically useful and I refer to it all of the time. I am at about 6.2 out of all the millions at present, and climbing.

https://london19.com/streets1832/index.shtml

Another thing I have been up to is getting more detail on some of the early taverns, and coffee houses. I can’t always find which London ward to add these to, especially if they are 1666 or thereabouts, so started adding these to another new site:

https://londontaverns.co.uk/

My favourite is the last entry on the index, the Red Lion, near to Fleet ditch. It makes fascinating reading. I could add more, but this will do for now.

A lot of this detail is in books which are freely available to use and download, and some of them, in fact most of them are actually transcribed on line already, under various guises. I just want the relevant bits to add to a page / s.

I have recently upgraded the server as I was running low on space. I have not seen any main benefits to this yet, but it allows me to add as much stuff as I see fit.

I have probably been up to loads of other things, like redesign of the sites etc. One day the site will be mobile friendly, and I will get there eventually.

My friend Ewan at pubology has just sent me a large Marylebone pub history update, which has been added. I believe there is an even larger one for St Pancras to come soon.

Meanwhile, I spent a little time this evening working on the Seven Dials area of London. I am getting the hang of this area slowly. My examples are those public houses in Monmouth street until about 1846, then the street disappears and reverts as Dudley street for a while, or Broad street for the Kings Head.

All of these streets eventually become part of Shaftesbury avenue. I have not worked this bit out as of yet.

Kevan

More Early pub history for London

I have new blogs building on my site, but for now this one seems quite popular. The pub history site which relates heavily to London and surrounds just gets better every day. I have been adding the 1836 London Pigots directory, and also just completed a first run through of Holdens 1811 directory. Both are good. See the London pub history pages.

These complement my street directories for London in 1832 and 1842 which are a major boon for looking for early pubs in London.

Also, I have just upgraded the server which the sites run on, It is now twice as fast, and has twice as much space. Lots more room for updates.

That’s all for now

Mulberry Tree, Stepney

I have added quite a few updates for the Mulberry Tree today. Lastly, it appears to have existed until at least 1925 at 133 Stepney Green. By 1930 it is the Labour Party Office and Club. I think it looks like a synagogue is also built at about this time.

The Mulberry Tree appears to list from at least 1802, and I list many records from trade directories, licensed victuallers transfers and census to show the relevance of who lived at differing times at this pub. I won’t repeat them here, as they are all listed in a very long and boring list.  But every one of its occupants could probably tell a story.

Just for the record, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of similar pages on my site. None are inspiring, but they do go into quite detailed examination of a public house through time.

Enjoy.

Kevan

I’m never going to be rich, but my sites are fantastic

OK, the story is in the heading. I have been building web sites, good & bad, for about 18 years. The idea was that this would be my pension top-up, apparently not the case. This is not surprising as there are some billions of people out there who also have the same idea. There is also China who steal and copy what they cannot create; probably like the rest of the UK, and the world.

Anyway, along the way, I have built a few sites which are not bad. I always trend in the top ten for pub history, and more recently for London street directory, these are my main identifiers.

I have been let down by google adsense over the years, I believe, but have stuck with this process for a long time. It is simple, and just works. I like a system which is painless, and just does what it should do. It covers my costs for running my own web server, just about.

So, why do I do this? I spend vast amounts of hours updating pages, and building web sites, etc. I could stop any time, and just stare at my phone, like the vast majority of people who need that recognition.

Why do I do this? Because I want to be Number 1, or in the top ten, or just recognised for doing something nobody else can do. Its a recognition thing.

Or whatever.

Kevan