Let me introduce you to my interest in pub history. I do not have any major family who ever ran a pub; I have drunk in a few pubs in my earlier formative years, but not much now; I do not generally drink beer, but I do like a really nice local brew, hence my interest in Wetherspoons. The reason I run a pub history site, which I am hoping is the best in the UK (on the web), is because I have a love of the older buildings, and the general street design of a town through the past century or so. I like to think of this site as a memory of a town before the bulldozers and greedy developers won their battle, and I concentrate heavily on old street layouts and addresses - most of which no longer exist. I am heavily indebted to google maps and other major map sites which show a tiny morsel of a town before it being demoralised for profit. I love London Town, and all it has to offer, and encompass other areas around the UK in a similar vein as I am able.
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. 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.
Pubs, like churches move slowly over a period of time, I use this to my advantage. The site lists original content on Pub History, Census and Trade Directory entries from the Post Office , Kelly and Pigots Trade Directories, Petty Session Victuallers records etc. for the last two hundred years. 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. London has recently become the Mecca of the world for property prices, and more pubs are closing and becoming private residences, even for the rich and famous.