The amazing London pub history site

I have spent the day updating a couple of pages of pubs starting with the letter W , being very old public houses in the 1832 era. This was in the time of William IV, son of George III, about nine years before Queen Victoria came to the throne and two years before slavery was abolished, apparently.

I have found most of these pubs on the site, and linked to the relevant page.

I have to say, this is pretty amazing to be able to do this. It shows how the pub history site has evolved over the last 18 years in which I have been building it, along with a number of incredible people continually updating me with updates, often too fast, but always with ground breaking new information.

I am very proud to say that I know this is the best London pub history site that will ever exist; and also that I am slowly building it towards an entire London history site about all of the streets in London, obviously we’ll need a pub somewhere!

Thanks as ever to Stephen Harris and Ewan, and many others for this remarkable London history site. And the 1832 London street directory along with the London 1842 street directory continues to build slowly.





London 1832 & slavery & London Museum

I just remembered something I wanted to share with people, the reason that i am adding the 1832 London street directory.

I visited the London Museum in Docklands a short while back. It was an absolutely amazing day out, and apart from the cost of travel and a few coffees, it was a free day. The Museum charges for nothing; well maybe it does.

I visited three presentations on the day, the Crossrail history – that’s the new Elizabeth train line. I had actually seen most of this on Channel 4 TV programmes. Another exhibition on World War 2 in the blitz, which included a rather excellent, and free, talk by one of the staff / volunteers. And lastly, a brilliant presentation on slavery around the world, and in particular related to the fact that London commerce and all of its wealth probably exists because of the slave trade.

These different presentations were on separate floors in the museum. It is an impressive place, well done.

My research links to all of these periods, as my pub history site is strong up until about 1944 when most of the World War 2 blitz had taken place. And adding a new era in 1832 when street names were often the same, and through renaming over the next century you can start to place some of the early street names .

AND, most importantly, 1832 was two years before slavery was abolished in the UK, per se. It starts to bring this year into perspective. I am proud to be doing this.