A London Robsons 1832 and 1842 street directory is building fast

A new site listing the entirety of the  London 1832 street directory with an alphabetical index of all the streets linked to a page for each street is building very fast, and close to completion – well stage one is nearly complete.

Each individual page lists a complete transcription of the traders living along that street as listed in the Robsons directory. Where appropriate, if a trader is a licensee or tavern keeper, there will also be a link from that person, and their address to an entry on the historical pub history site which is brilliant for London and many other areas.

In addition to the listing in 1832, in  which there is not a great amount of detail about the trades of those named, there are in many cases, an image on the same page which corresponds to the 1842 Robsons London street directory. This is very useful, as the information is much more detailed. The 1842 images are just that, they are not a transcription, and therefore a visual check of each images is required. The search engines have so far made the  inference that these images relate to the 1832 trade directory, which they do in road name only!

As an added bonus on one or two pages, the 1842 London street directory has also been transcribed. There is not a plan on doing this for every page, although if anyone wishes to help with this, it may happen eventually,

The 1842 London street directory transcriptions have been added with a simple bootstrap code which allows the text to be viewable or hidden, which is the default.

A good example, the second page to have this addition is on the Star street, Shadwell page. This page was chosen as this early historical detail is currently missing from the pub history site, with details back to about 1851 only, at present. This will change very soon.

Enjoy this new concept, and any suggestions on making the pages even more useful would be very welcome; there is a plan underfoot to link each page to a mapping, but this has yet to be decided. The pages which do link to the pub history site already offer a lot more detail about the specific road / street through a period of time, sometimes up until modern days, and other times for just a few years or decades.

And an addition to the site just recently has been the 1818 Johnstones  London commercial guide, this is in its infancy and lacks detail about pub history, and will therefore be completed as I see fit.

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.

Johnstones London commercial guide in 1818

I thought I would share more detail on a new venture. The Johnstones London commercial guide in 1818 is fairly basic, and lists a few well known taverns and inns, and lots of wine & brandy merchants and lots of other trades.

What is brilliant, is now I can compare a street in 1818 with a street in 1832 and 1842 at the same time, and spot the matches. Its not always easy to match a wine and brandy merchant with a particular address, this makes it so easy.

Aldersgate street was a very good example. I only found a few matches, but hey ho.

There are a lot of the inns and taverns which are not listed in 1818, so it is far from perfect, but it’s another very useful tool; and its a great directory to have on the site and all alphabetical.

Obviously it is going to take me a while to add it, but then I have the time!


Johnstones London commercial guide 1818

I thought I would share another new venture. The Johnstones London commercial guide in 1818 is fairly basic, and lists a few well known taverns and inns, and lots of wine & brandy merchants and lots of other trades.

It also gives the number of houses in a street or road, and the number of houses. I always thought this interesting;  little things please some people.

Anyway, here are a few entries for Borough to get you started. Note Mr Baxter at 19 Borough and take a look at the page. It is brilliant, well again it doesn’t take much to excite me.





London pub history,London history and advertising

I have been looking at wordpress sites which allow advertising to work, this site does not, but hey ho.

I have a number of excellent sites which are well googled, i.e. i believe I am #1 for pub history, and 2,4 etc.  I have been running these sites for many years, older style web sites, but as I increase the pages the revenue is still virtually zero.

So, as usual, I make changes to the site pages, but I actually think that I am wasting my time; and google ads are not for me. I am therefore about to remove them from all of my sites.

The problem is that I also spend money running the sites. It is not a lot, but I run my own server, purchase a number of domain names, and also this blog site; plus I have other costs for some of my research costs, e.g. ancestry etc.

I am retired, so I am not actually earning anything, and I am not currently drawing my pension, yet.

The quick question is, what shall I do?

The revenue is insignificant, but nice to have. It is more than zero.

More tomorrow. In the meantime, I am removing google ads as a waste of time.




Bulls Head, 103 Hanbury street to 1940

I have been looking for a street to research, just a small street. The Bulls Head is in Hanbury street until about 1941; at number 103.

We already know quite a lot about the Bulls Head. It is in the parish of Mile end, and open by 1832 with an address of 13 Well street.

We know that it is at 25 Preston Street by 1864 and 13 Well Street in 1862 & earlier through road renaming. In the 1841 census, Abraham Buckey is the licensee and until about 1848. The address in the 1845 electoral register is 11 Well street. Prior to this is William Andrews in 1836 and H Turner in 1832.

By 1848, Henry Fox is the licensee until his death in 1859. His wife Mary Ann marries Edward Cooke and they continue on and she passes the license to Edward Cooke in September 1860 until at least 1866.

By 1869 a Thomas Badkin is the licensee until at least 1874. Arthur Tushaw is the next licensee in the 1881 census and from about 1876 until about 1886.

The address changes through this period to its latter address of 103 Hanbury street.

From about 1891 to 1898, an Henrich Scheerer is licensee, and then a number of licensees spend a year or two. In 1908 Henry John Aillud is the licensee until an early death in 1911 leaving a widow and young family. His widow marries George Collinson and they run the pub for another ten years.

Lastly are Solomon Hamberger, Solomon De Woolff and Herbert Basco from about 1934 until the pubs closure around 1941. There are still properties at this address in the modern google maps, but they are not dating back to the 1830s and could be modern buildings, the rest of the area has been heavily rebuilt, probably after World War Two.

Web sites versus blogs

I have sadly  become accustomed to a newly formed blog having as much significance as a site which has been around for some years. This is just a test in the first instance.

I have added links to two pages of the site, the pubs in Mile end, and those in Spitalfields.

Lets see how they get on in the search engines.