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.



London history site – 1818 to 2019

A very quick update which I should do as I am building the site, and not very late at night. But hey ho.

I am now beginning the very slow and painful task of adding a street directory for 1940 to my London street directory. This is just prior to the bombing of London in the blitz of world war two when many of these streets become annihilated.

There is nothing new on the site, as of yet; but this will all start appearing in the next few days and weeks and months!



The siege of Sidney street, Mile end E1 and publicans

I have been researching Sidney street in Mile end today. I received a couple of rather excellent photographs of the 1911 siege of Sidney street when some Latvian anarchists were held siege for seven hours. It is a brilliant way of researching an area, having a story to tell.

What I also like to add to the story is something about the families of the time, in my case the licensees of the Sidney Arms, a beer house at 131 Sidney street; and also the Rising Sun at 131 Sidney street. Both of these buildings were probably demolished in world war two from incendary devices, bombs, doodlebugs etc. In fact they had both stopped trading by this time, and no pubs existed in Sidney street, but this is incidental. I looked at the area on google maps a moment ago, and nearly the entire street has now been rebuilt with modern architecture.

More of interest to me was the licensee Phillip Goldapple who was listed in the 1911 census at the Rising Sun. He was only there for another five years before moving on to the Fountain in Jamaica street; and  it was not until you start researching a particular surname do you find the story of the family for at least the next fifty years in the East end licensing trade. I am almost certainly missing many of the other family members who also had pubs, but the Knave of Clubs , in Bethnal green road, was in the family from at least 1934 to 1964, probably longer.

That’s it really. And there’s lots more detail on the site/s. Another interest I discovered was whilst researching some of the incendiary devices (bombs) dropped on London and this will be another story to tell. There is lots of useful detail online and available to view at London museums and the London Metropolitan archive.

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.