Category: London parish

London 1940 street directory & St Georges East

Another day of updates. There are hundreds of pages of the London 1940 street directory, and I have added a few for the letters of A & B, but now a first for C – Cable street. These are all just prior to world war 2 and the blitz of London. More on that to follow.

Some years back, I started transcriptions of this street, Cable street, in 1921. Latterly I noticed that a church site had used the listing and made a rather excellent page of history around this detail. Thank you.

Tonight, I have recently added the 1940 listing of the same street. My links all go back to pub history, not because I am madly interested in pubs, but they are the easiest buildings to fixate on, apart from the churches, of course.

As part of this update, and as I was adding links, this led me back to the Horns & Horseshoes, at 10 Cable street. The pub actually closed in 1997, but this is irrelevant.

As a mad fan of Dr Who, and in particular the latest Dr Who (Mrs), I have been particularly impressed with some of the story lines recently. They visited America in about 1950 when a black American lady refused to give up her seat on a bus; then in 1947 at the partition  of Pakistan and India.

Then I spotted one of my pub pages, the ‘Colour bar’ in 1949 at the Horns & Horseshoes. 

It would be astounding unless you factor in the problems with immigration and Brexit, and the untold problems for the Windrush generation, mostly caused by the current prime minister, previously the home secretary who caused all of these issues …. who knows what planet she come from?

Enough, the site is London history.

Kevan

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 in  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 street directory in 1842

Its time for the latest updates on History in London in 1842. One street which was of interest is Fludyer street, in Westminster. I originally thought is was an early name for Downing street, apparently I cannot jump to these conclusions lightly, and was slightly wrong. It is very close, but not quite the same street.

What is correct, is that the London 1842 street directory is just getting bigger and better. I have added all of the London 1832 street inhabitants already. I have now spent the day adding the letter C for 1842 and also now working on letter D. The London directory just keeps getting better and more useful. Most of this directory is on the site, but not quite all.

As mentioned in a previous blog, the 1842 London street directory is brilliant for finding people and old London pubs, who are listed in the 1841 census but do not have a clear address, i.e. they are named and in a specific road or street. This directory is a quick way of scanning this listing to find that person, and it is well indexed alphabetically.  The directory for 1842 has not been transcribed, and therefore a visual check is necessary, but if you are searching for just pubs and inns etc, it is likely that other listings on the site also hold similar detail. The 1833-34 Pigots directory is particularly useful. These other listings are available through the London Pub history pages which are also listed by London parish. You can also use the search engine, which is not bad, and searches about 50 thousand + pages on my sites.

One of  the downsides of building such an amazing site is that many people think it is a historical site of the past, built in the past, and that there are few updates to this site. This is far from the truth, and the site/s are updated every day with masses of new / old detail. Just today there have been over three hundred updates which are either new pages or images added to this London street directory of 1842.

I welcome feedback for the site, rather than just the regular emails asking about whether there are any additional pictures available! This site/ sites just keep getting better. I also welcome updates for the site/s.

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