Maybe I’m a Londoner

My last blog sounded a bit desperate. sorry, I spend a lot of time getting my sites updated with lots of interesting data content, even if it s all a bit nerdy. Perhaps I have rather a lot of different web sites running under the same name, and I could split them all up into separate entities.

But, no, I will concentrate on what I think I am trying to do, and explore the possibility that what I am trying to achieve is something different from other conventional sites.

Lets see what is on offer on my main site. It covers pub history of some sort for London and most of the South of the country. It is stronger in the London areas, but it does have the restriction that most data is before 1944. Excepting the complete listing of all pubs and bars in 2018.

Then there is more detailed data just on London, mainly to do with pubs from about 1800, and also complete London historical directories for 1832, 1843 and parts of 1921 and 1940.

Then there is a small site I built a while back as nogobritain, which demonstrated the difficulties which people with disabilities have with public transport, and this includes a complete listing of the entire tube network, and links to the relevant detail. some of this may be out of date, but still a damned good try.

More recently, well, the Christmas before last, I built a site or two about the 1918 armistice. As part of this, I honed in on a publication by the LCC which listed every Londoner who worked for the LCC (London County Council) who was involved in service in World War One. All of them, about 10,000, I think. I also added some other records of similar nature.

Then there is the Cosford database of Suffolk, this is part of Suffolk where my early agricultural labourer descendants started. They ended up in London, as did many others as agriculture was overrun by cheaper imports from America, and country folk moved into London to find work. I did quite a bit of research on my Suffolk ancestors by visiting record offices, but this database far outweighed any detail I could find at record offices or online. I saved a copy for merit, from the time machine, it’s brilliant.

I think I have summarised my main site, although I have others which research other areas of pub history and early taverns, coffee houses etc etc.

All my sites are searchable by one search engine, it is far from perfect, but I use it a lot.

One last point, I had a drive into London on the second day of the new year. It was an enjoyable drive, and I photographed a number of pubs which were useful. Obviously, driving in London is not conducive with taking photographs, and I got my first £65 fine through today for this! Whoops.





Changes to the London history sites & pub history

I am never really clear where I am going with any of my web sites. I don’t post a lot on the blogs, as the sites do speak for themselves. I have spent many years of obsessive hours building the sites and getting them to where they are today, and although the revenue from this is menial, the actual placements in online search makes up for this.

I occasionally go through a sudden inspiration in opening new web sites, and a year or tow down the road, I drop these same names. I am thinking about this at present. My main site is about pub history, and largely identifies London and its surrounds. It is also being upgraded as a historical London street directory.

Why do I not add the records from the LCC for 1918 to this site? These are the 10,000 people who worked for the London County Council during the first world war. I am moving towards this idea.

I also have 55,000 pubs listed in the 2018 directory for the whole of the UK. I doubt if I can match many of these to actual pub history pages. What shall I do with these?

This blog will be going fairly soon. It is expensive rubbish that I can do without.

I have also been looking at upgrading my server, this can wait for the time being.

My pub history site continues as is for a while longer.


London county council & world war I

I don’t have anything amazing to say in this post, but I do have a site which I spent many hours building around Christmas 2017. Sadly, like many of the soldiers in the trenches in that time, I was struggling a little at work, and was getting up at 6am in the morning over the Christmas break for some reason, I have no idea why, but it did happen.

During these early morning sojourns on the internet, I built a site around the London County council and their employees who served during world war one. I stopped building the site shortly after, but it is pretty amazing what I can do in quite  a short period of time.

The London County Council provided a service record of the Great War, in 1920, and this was awarded to all of its former staff. It is a brilliant record of the war; and its highs and lows, the dead and those awarded with gallantry medals; this record actually lists about 10,000 former LCC personnel, and brief details of their war record, including deaths and their length of service, their regiment, and any gallantry awards etc.

I recorded this detail at the site; plus a sister site. I cannot remember why I split the details, but both are worth a visit. In addition are added records of some gallantry awards, and other regimental information.

I left employment later that year through early retirement. I doubt I would have lasted a week in the trenches, what an awful war. And then, in 1918, followed a massive flu epidemic killing off  another 3-5% of the world population – known as the Spanish flu epidemic. In modern days, I think we call this bird flu, and will happen again sometime soon.

Whatever. And now we have Trump, ignorant moron, refusing to accept climate change, and who will kill the planet and most of us in the next 10 years or so.

Happy days.


London 1918 armistice & 100 years

This year is one hundred years since the first world war ended. A brutal war in which millions of innocent people lost their lives due to a couple of  upper class twats of the European royal family argument! Wars are futile, this one was horrendous. Young and old signed up to do their duty to protect their country, and their King.

What was unusual about Great Britain at the time was the fact that a small but powerful army existed due to the existence of the British Empire. This army was  capable of sudden changes required in defence of the realm, with an amazing infrastructure in place to support this. This force was sent to France at the start of the war, and was known as the British Expeditionary force (B.E.F.); and also named the Old Contemptibles. Its primary aim was to defend the line against the oncoming German forces, numbering over two million, and between the French and Belgian forces. They were vastly outnumbered, but were a very disciplined army.

The German army had about 2.1 million soldiers and 1.7 million older reservists, the French 3.6 million; the Belgians ; and then there was the British army of about 200,000 spread around the Empire; plus 270,000 territorials! See my intro here :

I doubt this army ever expected to have to be placed in such an overwhelming minority again, after a handful of British soldiers protected Rorke’s drift in South Africa against massive odds, but this was again the case.

The rest is history, and I have reprinted an ex-copyright book on the history of the Royal Fusiliers to clarify some of the actions during this time.

If you are aware of the early World War One service medals, there existed a war medal, a victory medal and also a star. This star was eith the 1914 star, or the 1914-1915 star. The former could also have a Mons bar, this depicted service during 1914 and at Mons, the point at which the loyal armies of the French, Belgian and English made a stand before retreat.

Now, onto the London reference relating to this history – firstly, there were the First Sportsmans who were initially based at Hornchurch, and there is a rather excellent record of their time during the war written by Fred Ward. I was initially drawn to this book, due to its local interest.

Then there were the Artists Rifles, who started life as territorial regiments, and later became the main officer training corps, and enlisted men, and women, from the Universities. They included the famous war poet Wilfred Owen.

Lastly, and this is just a summary of the sites I built last Christmas, were the employees of the London County Council (LCC). At the end of the war, every previous LCC employee, or family member of the deceased, were sent an amazing ‘short’ history of the 10,000 (that’s ten thousand) former staff members and their brief life in that time.

That’s enough for now, I need to update those sites a bit more, very soon. Thanks for reading, I enjoyed this part of my former and ongoing research!