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
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 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.
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.
Here are the drinking laws in the UK through time