Category: Johnstones London commercial guide 1818

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.

Johnstones London commercial guide in 1818

I thought I would share more detail on a new venture. The Johnstones London commercial guide in 1818 is fairly basic, and lists a few well known taverns and inns, and lots of wine & brandy merchants and lots of other trades.

What is brilliant, is now I can compare a street in 1818 with a street in 1832 and 1842 at the same time, and spot the matches. Its not always easy to match a wine and brandy merchant with a particular address, this makes it so easy.

Aldersgate street was a very good example. I only found a few matches, but hey ho.

There are a lot of the inns and taverns which are not listed in 1818, so it is far from perfect, but it’s another very useful tool; and its a great directory to have on the site and all alphabetical.

Obviously it is going to take me a while to add it, but then I have the time!


Johnstones London commercial guide 1818

I thought I would share another new venture. The Johnstones London commercial guide in 1818 is fairly basic, and lists a few well known taverns and inns, and lots of wine & brandy merchants and lots of other trades.

It also gives the number of houses in a street or road, and the number of houses. I always thought this interesting;  little things please some people.

Anyway, here are a few entries for Borough to get you started. Note Mr Baxter at 19 Borough and take a look at the page. It is brilliant, well again it doesn’t take much to excite me.