Have you ever run a Pub? You can add your pub history to the UK pub history site. You can contact the pub history site via my email : Kevan. There are over 10,500 images on the site and 45,000 pages of pub history which increases every day.
This is a local search engine of the UK Pub history site. You can search by surname, street address, or public house name. There are nearly 50,000 pages of pub history detail in this search engine; which is mainly historical. New pubs and additional detail is added every day, and the search engine updates weekly. If you are looking for a specific pub history listing, some of these can only be found in the sitemap - see the navigation bar on the left.
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23rd May : For the next couple of weeks I am planning on updating Gloucestershire only. These are updates only, and excludes answering questions about the area.
18th May : Updating a little known place called Minchinhampton, in Gloucestershire, all day, back to Poole in Dorset tomorrow.
16th May : I just found about 100 emails for my new email account which I had not received. I have now answered a lot of these; and now back to updating Poole for one last time, or maybe more.
10th May : I am updating Buckinghamshire tonight - letters A & B - with the 1863 Dutton directory for each town. This does not appear to be adding much to the pubs, but is adding a town directory for each place as I visit. I have to say that all of the work put in by Colin Ager in building parts of the site is incredible - thank you!
My email is not sending posts at present to many sites. Not a problem, as I am now also using my gmail account - if you receive an email from essex1841 at gmail.com - it's Kevan@deadpubs! Feel free to email me on this account, if you wish - I appear to be getting lots of emails, I am just unable to send to certain servers.
Thank you to all the contributors of pictures and historical detail; and All pictures, photographs etc for the site are always welcome - including modern pictures where I do not have them. It appears that there are over 10,000 pictures and about 45,500 pages on the site at present. Following on from the Grand Union Junction Canal project, I am looking at adding pubs along water routes, e.g, The Thames - hence Oxfordshire.
9th May : The pub history site gets updated every day / night, and in Wincanton, Somerset tonight - thanks to Roy Barrett; and Pangbourne, Berkshire - thanks Stephen. The pub history of Wincanton has taken a major leap forwards, and backwards!
6th May : I have been updating the Oxfordshire area for the past week. This is mainly around 1863, and a specific directory. Oxford itself has now had a major update, which includes a whole host of Oxford history - it was really interesting proof reading these entries for Oxford. Berkshire and Buckinghamshire to follow, or parts thereof.
30th April : A massive update for Henley on Thames tonight - plus Deptford has continued to grow in bounds. I am working through the London 1910 publicans directory, and this should be available soon. You may have noticed that I have purchased yet another pub site, i.e. pubhistory.co.uk which is currently listing some useful research detail. I have decided that I have two challenges over the next few months, to engage mobile phone technology, and also to build a good, local search engine with a bit of programming, and scripting - this excites me more.
23nd April : I have completed the 1884 London pubs listing, and am now completing the 1848 street directory of publicans & beer retailers.
22nd April : There are two London pub indexes which I update regularly, these are for 1899 and 1944, whilst other indexes get ignored most of the time! The 1899 index is, slowly and surely, nearly complete - not quite yet. The noticeable point was also whilst updating Deptford, I realised I had concentrated on beer retailer listings at the expense of publican listings - I may change this in the near future. I am sure I had noticed this before, so expect lots of publican listings to arrive soon.
21st April : I have spent the day adding Rolvenden, in Kent; previous days have been updating various areas in Middlesex along the Paddington canal. Now off to Deptford for a long overdue visit.
17th April : I have updated Canterbury quite a lot over the last couple of days. I am hoping that the many researchers who run pub sites or post on forums will reference this site as their source.
16th April : I have found and purchased the pubhistory.co.uk site - wow. Some articles are just starting to appear on how to research pubs history.
13th April : Not entirely true to my word, as I spent several days updating Shoreditch pub history, and more to come. Importantly, I also spent a bit of time tweaking the server to access the tomcat - this is a java server which I support at work during my day time activities. I get quite excited when I do stuff like this, as I know a lot more than I care to admit - a big new web app may arise from this soon. It would be good to know how many pubs I have on the site, or how many Red Lions, for example. Lots more to follow as I decide on where I may spend some time .......
I also purchased another new domain name - pubhistory.co.uk which should be working soon.
10th April : I am taking a well earned break from the pub history site to update another important site - nogobritain.com. This is an accessible site for transport in London - aka accessibletfl.com ; i.e for those with accessibility issues, and especially those in wheelchairs. It was last updated about the time of the Olympics in Stratford, and is in need of a refresh. It would be good if someone would actually contact me about the site to clarify what I need to change / improve.
8th April 2013 : Major updates for Feltham & Hanworth, and a big thanks to Kathleen Hope for adding an additional dimension to these pubs. Thank you. Back to Canning Town pub history updates - now adding and updating Plaistow. Also updated Eastchurch, Sheerness in Kent this evening.
3rd April 2013 : I am currently working on Canning Town pub history - a massive update. I also have a number of updates for Gillingham, Rochester and Chatham. Importantly, I have made contact with the 'Closed pubs' project, and alongside Stephen Harris, Colleen, and Ewan of the pubology site, I am now sure that we can properly organise the pub history of this planet, or at least the UK London & south area. (Open & closed pubs).
31st March 2013 : Pub history updates for Maidstone, Kent; Gravesend, Kent, Gillingham, Old Brompton, Chatham etc. I spend 50+ hours a week on updates (probably an under-estimate), so expect lots more exciting pub history additions.
Bethnal Green updates continue, and also St Martin in the Fields - as usual with massive help of Stephen Harris. I also added some brilliant new detail from Brian Fowler, e.g. the Mitre & other pubs
21st March 2013 : For the past ten years or so, Stephen Harris and I have been updating the pub history site, with a particular interest in the Bethnal Green pub history. I am now looking for any images and pictures of Allas Street, in Bethnal Green, These can be copyright as they are for personal usage only - see Princess Alice. The Bethnal Green pub history site has been heavily updated over the weekend; and again during the week.
16th March 2013 : Bermondsey updates continue. I am planning on checking the whole of London & Essex viz the 1911 census summary books - next is the entirety of the Lambeth area which has been quite successful so far. A large number of updates (and new / old pubs) for Lambeth & Camberwell have been added.
6th March 2013 : A quick break whilst I update Limehouse in 1911 which is now done.
6th February 2013 : I am making a very tentative start on updating the pub history of Enfield. Two weeks later, and this has been quite successful.
4th February 2013 : In case you are wondering why I am being rather quiet, I am currently updating the pub history in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - and have also been busy in Putney, Surrey.
31st January 2013 : The 1911 census summary books are providing a very quick search on pub names. I have worked through Bethnal Green, and am continuing with Canning Town, Mile End, and Whitechapel. It appears that the public house name is often listed in the summary books, but not in the census. I am also playing with a simple google search page on the site to see if it is any good - let me know if it works for you. In fact, I am looking at employing my own search engine on the site, but have yet to find the time to do this - you know how it is!
24th January 2013 : I am working on a new site for the mobile phone crowd. I know it is rubbish, but bear with me. The prototype is at a new site - let me know what you want to see on the site, please. I spend about ten minutes a day updating my proto-type site. Now also updating Tottenham on this site.
21st January 2013 : Updates continue randomly around the site. I have noticed that there are many sites which cover a small town, and often rather excellent research. I rarely spend more than a couple of days on a town, excepting London and other larger conurbations. I have been busy for the last few days in parts of Surrey, including Betchworth, Brockham Green, Buckland, Reigate and Redhill. Enjoy, as I will probably move back to London now.
8th January 2013 : Major updates include St Ives, Huntingdonshire etc. This has to be a major pub town considering the number of people registered as living here, e.g. in 1851 there are 60+ pubs for 3000 people. I have now redirected all deadpubs traffic to this site. Updates continue as ever.
3rd January 2013 : I have been updating Teddington in Middlesex today, and researching the area yesterday. The plans for the sites are numerous. It currently looks rather out-dated, but then it is an historical site! I am working very slowly on a new responsive design, and android phone apps etc. Bear with me, as I take my time with this. It's a hobby which I greatly enjoy, and is largely a labour of love, but also used as a tool to discover where I went wrong and what works well. The pub history site will be 'great' one day, but who knows when this will be achieved, probably never. I enjoy updating the site most of the time. The Beavis awareness of homelessness is coming to an end, and he has done brilliantly in fund raising.
Here is a new simple site that as you can see, I spent about five minutes creating it, but this site is the future site.
29th December 2012 : I have been following a student for the last few days online, his name is James Beavis and he is raising the awareness of homeless people at Christmas by sleeping out rough during this time. I know there are a lot of homeless people who do this all of the time, but this student has been videoing his week on the streets, and this sounds pretty horrendous. In fact just the first night scares the hell out of me.
So, for this reason, I have been supporting Crisis at Christmas through his charitable page, and added links to every page on this site (at the top, where you can see it!). I have sponsored to the tune of £270 + gift aid so far, probably more to come - why not add another £10, or more if you can afford it, please.
28th December 2012 : Adding Whitchurch etc.
25th December 2012 : Yesterday saw significant updates for Great Missenden, in Buckinghamshire. Today, I need to take a day away from the pubs site. Happy Christmas to all. If you feel very comfortable, and have everything, please consider a donation to the Crisis at Christmas team for those less fortunate. Can you imagine sleeping on the streets every night, even in the warmer times?
19th December 2012 : Tonight I have been updating Lowestoft , in Suffolk. Two days ago, I was adding Dunstable, in Bedfordshire; and also I have been updating parts of Hertfordshire etc etc. This year has been special, largely thanks to the Olympics and Paralympics on my doorstep, which were absolutely incredible. My highlight of the year was to have been one of the 80,000 crowd at Thriller Thursday of the paralympics, when Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Hannah Cockcroft all deservedly earned their gold medals. The noise in the Olympic stadium was deafening. This pub history site is also a labour of love, and I thank all of the regular contributors to the site, plus the occasional contributors - thank you.
My question for 2013 is "how many pubs are there on this pub history site?". I have no idea. I do know that there are currently 46,306 web pages in the search engine. These cover a number of similar sites, but with little repetition. You can visit the other sites through the navigation menus, and I regularly forget which sites I also have. It is a week early, but have a Happy 'pub history' Christmas in a weeks time.
29th November 2012 : I have to say that I am really enjoying the pub history updates along the Grand Union Junction canal. I am currently stuck in Uxbridge and area; and this has improved my research skills significantly! All I want to be is #1 for 'pub history' in google, I am getting there slowly.
26th November 2012 : The pub history site continues to update on the Grand Union Junction Canal.
20th November 2012 : The last couple of days has seen an update on Wheathampstead, and parts of Rickmansworth.
18th November 2012 : A number of updates have been occurring this week, including an update on Chesham pubs. I also decided tonight to resurrect the Cosford (Suffolk) database.
11th November 2012 :
I am now back online (and email is also working) and I
am updating the pubs history site again - whoopee.
The Grand Junction Canal pubs history project continues - tonight in
Can anyone supply pictures of pubs in Watford, please - old or new? All help in
building the site is always very welcome. I seem to be updating Hertfordshire
mostly at present - with Michael updating Cheshunt and Ray Glen updating Croxley
Green, plus Bernard Lamb updating Herts and Buckinghamshire; and the Watford pub history update is not bad either.
1st November 2012 : I am researching the McQueen and Pool family for a small project. I have been looking at records for Scotland which has been interesting. I have an account with Ancestry, but they do not list Scottish records (well, actually they do list a large number of transcriptions).
12th October 2012 : I am continuing to research a certain Hollyman family, who first appear (from census) in Buckinghamshire about 1801, I have reason to believe they sold beer from a canal boat! I am therefore concentrating some effort in Buckinghamshire, and the Grand Union Junction Canal etc.
6th October 2012 : I heard today through Ewan's London Pubology blog that he has another site running. This is the London Pubology site, and I endorse Ewan as one of those people who works with me in building historical sites for London and about. I have rebuilt the deadpubs site with a fairly recent copy of the latest pub history listing. This pubs history site is where I am currently updating.
I am continuing to work on Leicester with a number of additions for 1899. Many of these are just beer houses, but worthwhile. The beer houses may only have an entry for 1899, but they are now named! Trust me, this is brilliant stuff. Lots more to add still.
2nd October 2012 : I am looking for some help, for a change! I am researching the Hollyman family for a close (and special) relative. The Hollyman family appear to have run quite a few pubs in the London region from at least 1841 up to the 1920's. I need to trace them back, and down again. I believe they came via Buckinghamshire (and possibly Oxfordshire at some stage), and I need help taking the search back to this area. Here is what I have so far (plus a bit), the Hollyman Licensed Victualler family in London. I would also like to prove the link to the Harrow, Stratford, Essex - but I can probably sort this out. It is Buckinghamshire records I am most interested, and in particular who the parents of Richard Hollyman were, and how he was able to build such an empire of pubs through his family / sons. Thanks for any help you can offer.
30th September 2012 : I have spent the day updating Harwich, in Essex and a little known place called Whepstead, in Suffolk. The Harwich site is being updated because I am receiving many updates from the Harwich and Dovercourt history site owner.
29th September 2012 : Now in Lincolnshire, adding Holbeach - thanks to Roy Barrett.
24th September 2012 : Back on track with a few updates, and just started adding Leicester. I have now discovered that Leicester is a large town, and could take some time.
7th September 2012 : The London 1848 directory is updating fast. I have not been entirely idle for the past couple of months, just a little selective! I look forward to adding some additional updates this month, but not too fast, please. I am just a human, but not an paralympic superhuman!
1st August 2012 : Well, almost August. I found a new domain name I have registered this year; i.e. pubshistory.com and this is the new name for this pubs history site.
22nd July 2012 : An Olympic torch in Hornchurch - and a few pictures.
8th July 2012 : I have been taking some time out to build the new accessible transport in London site, but quietly continuing with a few updates. This will continue until at least September, as I also want to watch the Olympics and Paralympics without any hassle.
24th June 2012 : My new accessible transport site is actually at access2012.co.uk, (and building quickly considering the task involved) ,and this site is being built to the memory of a great person - Andy. Andrew Dick is my wife's brother, and he fought to stay alive most of his life. He was always a great orator, and I loved just sitting back and listening to his expressions of life. He sadly died at the age of only 48. The pub history site is important to me, but the person history site has a far greater magnitude of interest. Andy helped me to build a better understanding of need rather than greed, without ever asking me for anything. Andrew Dick (1961 - 2009).
30th May 2012 : OK, apart from the odd update, I am now closing this site for changes for the coming few months. Reason? I watched channel 4 news tonight, and was absolutely aghast at the accessibility issues which still abound in London. .
So, instead of pubs, I am looking for updates on London in relevance to the London transport system in regards to accessibility issues during and after the Olympic games. The new site has started tonight, and will be building rapidly over the next 59 days until the London Olympics begin. What is the site called? It is gamesforlondon.com - what a great name, and what a great site it will be soon!
Now back to pubs history updates, where I have been active in Hackney, Southgate, Edmonton, Tetbury in Gloucestershire, London, Somerset, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire etc.