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!


Bethnal Green pubs, E1, E2 or E3

Most Bethnal Green pubs are in E2, this is the post code district for those who do not understand the system.

I am nearly completed on adding a simple post code to all Bethnal Green pubs & beer houses etc.

The next step, for all of London is to create an index page for all of the post codes, e,g, E1, E2, EC1, etc etc.

What did hold me back for a while was that a new site was refused advertising by google ads because it was a scaper site, well it isn’t, but I am going to do what I want to do on my sites anyway, so bog off!

I do rely on advertising to pay for my sites, and if they do not at least cover the costs, I will just remove everything – I am sure I have done this before.

More to come sometime, and as you can see, I don’t actually do this for money, just charitable scraps.


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.


London wiki

I have yet to decide as to whether to keep this blog, I chatted to the happy people on the site earlier today, and this was quite useful.

I did take them up on one suggestion, and added affiliate advertising for amazon to a number of sites during the day – not the blogs. These can be added later, as I see fit. I do use blogs to drive traffic towards a specific site rather than being the informer.

Anyway, I have now; or am in the process of, adding a new site / blog –

I have so much data, i.e. thousands of pages of information, and well in excess of 50 thousand pages. Much of this is related to London, and its good, even it it does not look particularly interesting.

I also have a couple of ‘good’ spare domain names, and I must build a mobile-only  web responsive website to get an idea of what I can do with this.

Enough. The pub history site continues to grow.


pub history site audit

I thought as it was late at night, and after most of  a bottle of wine, I thought I would take the plunge and see where there are about fifty thousand pages on my site.

I would like to reduce this number, and also I am unclear as to why so few people visit the site / s!

First, create a new site mapping of the site, this takes a few seconds.

find `pwd` > mall.txt
more mall.txt | wc -l

gives me 68613 – I think that is line numbers

Then look for those files which are shtml only

cat mall.txt | grep shtml > malls.txt
more malls.txt | wc -l

gives me 48060 – I think that is line numbers


I am now searching on this latter file only (with 48000 entries)

So, to find specific words in the file, this is just a test for various counties / partial words

more malls.txt | grep Essex | wc -l #4110
more malls.txt | grep Hamp | wc -l #3239
more malls.txt | grep Sussex | wc -l #1821
more malls.txt | grep Surrey | wc -l #1835
more malls.txt | grep Kent | wc -l #5558
more malls.txt | grep London | wc -l #12428
more malls.txt | grep Beer | wc -l #451
more malls.txt | grep Midd | wc -l #1576
more malls.txt | grep Bed | wc -l #377
more malls.txt | grep Buck | wc -l #1709
more malls.txt | grep Camb | wc -l #1850
more malls.txt | grep Corn | wc -l #276
more malls.txt | grep Glouc | wc -l #2660
more malls.txt | grep Oxf | wc -l #1528
more malls.txt | grep Somer | wc -l #606

more malls.txt | grep Berks | wc -l #2086

Surprisingly, I thought London would be a lot bigger, quite an eye opener with only 12500 entries!.


pub history site audit

It’s one o’clock in the morning, and as is quite normal, I have been standing and staring, and thinking about how to proceed with my many history web sites.

Simple, I need an audit of what I currently have.

I know there re about fifty thousand web pages on my main pub history site. I know this from the sitemaps I produce, I just have little idea of what they refer to!

I have been building the pub history site /s for the past thirteen years, and this number excludes the midlands and northern pubs I list, although these are not any where as good as the London & south area for content.

I have just finished a major update for the St Pancras area of London, with many thanks to Ewan, who runs the pubology site about London pubs. I suggested this update would take me a month, but added it in about three days.

I am also waiting for a good book on creating a decent mobile responsive web site, i.e. mobile friendly. This is probably my main concern at present, and I want to have a go at doing it myself.

Tomorrow, I start an audit, and probably more files around between sites.

Here is a rather excellent pub history site, although i say it myself.


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.