Category: London directories

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!



Belton street & Endell street London pub history & street directory

This is an important use of the new (OLD) London street directory I am adding for 1832 with images of 1842. It sounds simple, and it is, but it works very well with all of the research I have been working on for the past fifteen years, along with many others.

Yesterday, I was adding Belton street, in Long acre. It quickly resolved to the Cross Keys, a modern pub now listed in Endell street; and looking at google maps etc, it is still open.

The query was where all the other pubs were – lots of them? The first part was simple, as Belton street was widened and renamed to Endell street in around 1846. If you are not interested in early Victorian pubs, then read something else.

The 1832 directory named several other pubs, and the 1842 directory also mentioned a beer house. After some work through early census records, many of which have been researched years previously, I managed to add a number of early Victorian pubs to my St Giles listing. Well, I was impressed; and excited by the whole days outcome.

All research is now on the various sites which I run about pub history, London history, well any history really.

The good news is that I am starting to move up the rankings for “London street directory” search in google search. The pub history site is #4, and the London history site is currently #18. This is pretty impressive as I do not use any maps, just good old text.



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.


A quick update on the 1832 / 1842 London street directory

I have been updating the London 1832 street directory again today, for about 14 hours so far tody. I am currently working backwards from Y, and now working on S. I am completing each letter for the quite inferior 1832 directory listings, and also adding 1842 images for ten years later which give considerably more trade detail etc.

I cannot believe the number of mistakes in the 1832 Robsons directory, I mean serious mistakes all the way through the directory. It is still an useful listing. As I have been working through this street directory listing the errors have become more and more apparent – I am not the greatest at proof reading; but this directory is really quite bad!

Anyway, nearly the entirety of S is now online, including many of the 1842 images, including the likes of  Shoreditch High street, all the Smithfields, East, West, Lower etc; and Shadwell. It all starts to look rather good, and I am jolly proud of this.

Meanwhile, our tortoise, Fenton, has decided it looks like winter is coming and did not wake today. He has had a brilliant year this year with me being around all the time, and has doubled in size. I believe a tortoise does not just work on temperatures, but has a natural barometer built into his body system. A PhD suggestion for someone!

I will complete the London trip of the bridges at some stage, as there are still a lot which have been missed from the last post.


Thames Footpath walk in London 1

Well, as promised, a walk along the River Thames in London.

I used the Thames Path site to print off some of the suggested walks from Tower Hill, i.e. by the Tower of London, and heading east. I decided I would take a walk on Thursday, being retired! Then Friday, but my wonderful wife who is still working,  wanted to come too, so Saturday it was.

A quick c2c trip towards Fenchurch street, and after deciciding NOT to get off at Limehouse to save £5 in the rail fare (a good choice as it was suggested it was at least 39 minutes walk to Tower Hill).

At Fenchurch street, if you know the area,it is a very short walk of two minutes to Tower Hill Underground station on the District line. Then you need to read the guide, or look at the maps, or generally head for the river; we did all of these, and ended up in St Katharines dock, which is a modern  bunch of buildings, a marina for very expensive river craft, and apart from the fact it was probably an expensive place to live, I thought it was probably designed and built by an failure in architects – whatever.


It appears the Queen has been on a night out in London, and got a cab home, leaving the yacht moored in the local council estate

After a short while, we (me) decided to change plans and head for the City, along the embankment. Along past the Tower of London towards Tower Bridge. The Tower bridge is an amazing place to visit as a tourist, as we had discovered in a previous visit. And strangely, there was a Channel 5 program about the bridge that evening. I have recorded this, as it looks rather good.


You can see from the picture of Tower Bridge that the Shard is in the background. The old and the new.

After Tower bridge is London bridge – apparently. I will elaborate more on this comment as we discovered what the various bridges were called, and in some cases we are still not sure.

What does become apparent very quickly is how little we know about London and the River Thames. You can live close by all your life, but it is not until you actually research an area, do you have a better understanding of the overall view.

Looking at the London Bridge as we walked along the embankment :


What was interesting was how much shoreline we could have visited, albeit being low tide. And as you get closer:


And next on to the wobbly bridge. This was the bridge which wobbled so badly they had to close it for a while, and aptly named the Millenium Bridge as that is its proper name, but will alwaysDSCN0337[1] be known as the wobbly bridge!

What is now becoming apparent is the number of ferries which are being incorporated into the London rail network, or TFL. The costs are highlighted transparently at the various boat stations along the Thames; along with timetables etc. It would appear there are a lot more services in the week, and the weekends are  quieter. This seems a shame, seeing the number of tourists who were queueing for this service; maybe they do not want to reduce the boat trips offered by the many private companies who are offering something similar?

Here is one of the many stops, with Backfriars bridge in the background.


London history, London bridges, River Thames etc.

I received a book token earlier in the year for one of my birthdays. I am now retired, although long before my time!

A visit to Chelmsford on a very wet day for other reasons found me in all of the book stores in the City. I found a book by Peter Ackroyd which was selling in one of the major book sellers, at about £25, and just out of interest, I wondered how much cheaper this could be bought in Amazon land.

About a month later, a hard backed book, apparently second-hand, arrived from the USA. The cost was probably a quarter of the book I had seen in the shop previously. I don’t actually know the exact detail, as I don’t have an Amazon account.

As I often profess an interest in rivers and waterways, I quickly gobbled up the opening lines of this new book. The River Thames has 134 bridges, and a number of locks above Teddington. That’s good enough for me. I need to visit all of these bridges, when can I start?

As an aside, my visit to Whitechapel in June cost me £3 in rail fares for a day out.

So, with this detail in hand, how do I visit the Thames, do I drive or take the train?

I did a quick search on walks along the River Thames, and there are a number of footpaths which have been organised and mapped for anyone who wishes to partake in a little leisurely stroll. I am off for the first tomorrow.

Here’s the link for the Thames path – and lots of walks, of which I need many.

I will let you know how I got on.


London 1832 street directory of London

I seem to be getting there slowly, if this makes sense. I cannot believe how long it is taking me to add a solitary street directory of London.

It will be useful once I have added this, and images of the 1842 street directory which give a considerable amount of detail as regards trade details for a street.

I am also adding links from this 1832 directory to the relevant pubs at the time. You can then see where these pubs addresses changed through time as street renaming took place in all of London to remove common street names.

Anyway, I am working through letters C & G at present, and all will be complete soon, mehopes.