UK Pub history and historical street directory of London and the UK

Search the pub history sites by licensee, address or pub

Bow Bells

Royal Cricketers

These are links to the Bow Bells and the Royal Cricketers, both examples of of the many thousands of images on the pub history site. Details on each relevant pub include street name changes, landlords and other people living at this property, and in many instances a link to other pubs that they may have been involved in.


The pub history sites are regularly updated by Stephen and Kevan, plus an 'open' group of like-minded individuals on a daily basis; and anyone is welcome to contribute. If you visit the site, you will quickly understand that this is more than just a pub history site. The site is better described as an historical London street directory through time, with many images and historical listings endorsing the same. The last few years have seen massive price increases for London properties, with even an ex-council house selling for a million pounds. It is therefore not surprising that the breweries are attempting to turn high cash assets into London housing. Sadly, the Tory government has used the selling off of council housing stock at vastly discounted prices into a vote for their party, and without replacing this invaluable housing stock for our youngsters.

Do you have a victualler, publican or beer retailer in your family history? This site will, hopefully, answer your questions as to where their pub was.

The (deadpubs) pub history and historical street directory is a listing of open & closed Pubs which show the address changes through time, and obviously from a historical perspective. It concentrates on the many road name changes through the years because of slum clearance, road renaming and modern office building. It does not use post codes at present, this will change. I am adding the modern pubs as I find them, although there is little historical detail for these.

London is very interesting as it bore the brunt of the WWII bombings, as did many other places, but also went through a major road renaming process between 1938 and 1944; and it also went though similar road naming processes at many other times before this. Many of the roads with similar names were simply renamed to distinct road names. This is where the 1944 listing of Pubs is incredibly important.

There are many other areas & towns listed on this pub history site, including places such as Birmingham, Nottingham & Lincoln etc. The site is growing every day to encompass new towns and its pub history. The site is slowly moving north to add the whole of the UKs pub history. Take a look at the top level links to see which areas are covered for pub history, it regularly changes.

Pubs, like churches move slowly over a period of time, I use this to my advantage. The public houses are listed by church parish as they would have existed before 1900 - many of these are no longer in existence. In addition to this, I am adding modern pubs as they are opened, and also list the many thousands of pubs which are closing all of the time.

Just to clarify one small point. The pub history site does not ONLY cover London. The site also has extensive coverage of Essex and Hertfordshire and many parts of the London south east, from a historical point of view, as it does in specific towns such as Hastings, Portsmouth, Southampton, Birmingham, Nottingham, Lincoln etc etc. And also be aware that addresses are often historical, and up to 75 years out of date. Sorry, but this is a historical site, that's what I do! There are plenty other modern pub sites.

See the pub history menu for all of the other areas which are covered, some are strong, others are awaiting more input. Please feel free to send me modern and historical images and detail. I work fulltime, but will add this as soon as I can. 

Allegedly, a host of public house pictures of the 1960's were found in a skip. These were then scanned, and now appear on the National Brewery Heritage Trust site. These are pictures of the pubs, the current landlords by surname, and random other detail. the site is brilliant - thank you; and there are a lot of pictures, so spare a lot of time to view this site.

Many of the more astute licensed victuallers were involved in the Licensed Victuallers Association. This association was set up  to protect families in times of hardship, and aided families in the association who needed help.

One important thing which needs mentioning. Many modern pubs have changed names. Many pub chains have bought up older buildings and altered them into a pub. These modern pubs often used to include the name 'Old' in the name to indicate they were brand new pubs! Confused yet? The history of these pubs will often state they were here since Elizabethan times, but they omit to mention it was a pig farm at the time, or whatever.

Most of the pubs listed on this site were in existence in or before the second world war. Many have since changed name or closed. My interest is in Victorian and Edwardian pubs. I don't really do modern pubs, as I don't have the data for these. C'est la vie - that's life.

If you don't like my research, then please feel free to offer something constructive, and useful. I work hard on the pub history site to continually make it better. The historical street directory for London continues to grow.