London 1940 street directory

The London 1940 street directory has been planned for a long time, many years. The reason I have delayed this is because of the work involved. It will take me at least six months of regular updates, working all day on this one update!

Whatever, let’s get on with it and just do the update. I can find six months of my life to fulfill the requirement, and it will be so brilliant.

I have made a very small start, adding parts of the letter A, and Whitechapel.

I am adding relevant pub history as I work through various pages.

Kevan

 

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!

Enjoy,

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 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 London18.co.uk 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 1842 street directory, pubs history and RBKC Library

Well, today, as ever, I am continuing to build a complete London street directory for 1842 in addition to that of London in 1832, both Robsons directories. I am now working through letter T, and nearing completion.

All of the Robsons 1832 street directory is on the site, except I keep finding bits missing, e.g. Trafalgar square! It was there in 1832, I checked. Many other streets appear to have been missed, and I am slowly adding these as I see fit.

One street missing was Tichborne street, Edgware road. As usual, I check that it did exist in this period, using my Pigots 1833 pub listing. I then wondered about the spelling, and chucked the address into google. I came across an amazing photograph, and even more amazing is that it is on my pub history site – see previous link.

Further amazing pictures started to be listed, and this led me to Dave. I think either the blog is written by Dave, or he has a friend called Dave; both are plausible. I am noting this here, as I have spent quite a lot of time reading the articles, they are interesting, and I shall read the rest slowly. One of the Daves is a Local Studies Librarian for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Brilliant blog – called the RBKC.

I spend quite  lot of time updating my sites, and adding new sites of historical interest. I hope somebody likes my style, however boring it may look. I keep checking to see how I am getting on in google search for London street directory, currently 6,12 & 13. And for London 1832 street directory, most of the first 40 entries, etc.

The pub history site is also not bad, but a little clinical; and the local search engine only finds the latest updates. All of my 1899 pub listing, with all pubs linked to is ignored, as it is not a recent update. I will have to rebuild all of these pages.

Lots to do. And the house is to be plastered on Thursday & Friday. This makes a change from me being plastered; and lots of clearing still needs to be done. And Blue Planet II music is playing again for about the 50th time in succession. I love the last track which is so beautiful, yet very sad. Track 19 – Walrus: The right piece of Ice.

Yes, a bit sad, but music to be played out to, if you know what I mean.

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.

Enjoy.