The outline of the pub history site is to list ALL pubs of the last 200 years with detailed information on each, including their occupants and staff members; i.e. it is a genealogical search tool. It is never exhaustive, but it's pretty damned good so far. Please help me make it better if you have anything to add. Use the search engine to find pubs by name, publicans and bar staff by name, or just use it as a historical street directory - all detail on one site of about 50 thousand pages and over 10 thousand images. The site lists all counties in England, but some are sparse in content, whilst London and the South is very well documented. Use the links above to traverse the site; and if a search fails, type your search into google, find the relevant page on Ewans pubology site and it brings you back here again!Pub history Home - Pub history Menu - Email the pub history admin
Beer retailers often relate to an off licence, but also many of the well known Public Houses that exist in modern times actually began life as a simple beer house. There is a natural problem linking beer retailers to a Public House, as the beer house is literally that, it is a beer house and not a named licenced premises. The only recognition that beer houses usually had was a sign outside which was usually well known to the local residents, but not very well documented.
If you view any of the various trade directories, it is rare for a beer retailers premises to be named, with just an address, and often this address will be a street or even a town, rather than a specific numbered address. The census, sometimes, give additional information, including the sign of the pub / beer house. This detail can vary tremendously from area to area, dependant on the amount of detail that has been noted.
More useful are the Petty Sessions records kept by the local courts in their recording of any licensed activity. The beer retail licenses are scant in their detail, but appear to always note an address and also the name of the sign outside the beer house. This listing, in the first instance of the 1917 and 1922 Essex beer retailers is aimed at finding new [old] Pubs to add to this site, where the Essex / London boundaries keep shifting. Although all of Essex is listed, this is particularly aimed at the east of London, e.g Stratford, Plaistow, East Ham etc, as these areas were changing most rapidly in the 19th and 20th centuries as London increased in size in a magnitude.
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