I currently run a few historical sites, the major one relating to Public
Houses, Beer Houses and Hotels in most of the South East of England. The
counties included are most of London, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Kent, &
The idea of the Kent Villages site, is to correctly arrange the Pubs in Kent into a reasonable structure, following the variety of changes in Registration, e.g. Districts, Lathes, Hundreds, Parishes etc etc.
There are some amazing resources for Kent history on the internet, and I will draw from, and link to some of the better resources, genealogical sites, photographic databases etc, etc - see the Links page, as I add the relevant historical material.
The division of Kentish land into Lathes and Hundreds dates back to Saxon times but was not fully established until the thirteenth century. Each hundred consisted of several parishes grouped together with a 'court' or meeting place where the inhabitants dealt with routine judicial, security and tenancy matters. The grouping of hundreds into Lathes was for judicial purposes; the justices travelled around the lathe every three months to deal with more serious matters - the origins of the Quarter Sessions. [ref & map]
In addition to this division, registration districts were also created, and the Kent OPC site clarifies this, again with some excellent maps of the same. The County of Kent Review Order, in 1935, moved various parishes (or parts of) to alternative parishes (Kellys 1938 Directory). I am mostly interested in pre 1901 detail, and follow the ordering by Church parish census, using various Kelly's, Post Office, Whites & Pigot's Trade Directories to add additional information, whilst retaining some natural order of being able to clarify a district or lathe in which a town or village naturally fits into place.
Most sites are heavily weighted towards Public Houses, Inns and Taverns. There is a whole host of these already at the London Pubs site, but Kent is not correctly represented; over a period of time, these have moved onto this Kent site.
So, see Kent Public Houses
What I am now attempting to achieve is the coverage of an earlier London
street directory in 1832. This is unique, plus
images of the 1842 Robsons directory which confirm earlier entries and also
carry much more trade detail about a premises or person. Here is the index of streets in 1832, many with
1842 imagery added.
And next is the complete 1840 London street directory - this will take some months to complete, so bear with me!
London pub history directory.
London Street Listings in 1832.
London street listings in 1842
London Street Listings in 1818 - mainly A and B.
London public houses in 1833 Pigots.
Entire London Street Listing in 1843 - by surname.
London public houses in 1856.
London public houses in 1869.
London public houses in 1899
London 1921 Street directory in 1921
London 1940 Street directory 1940
London Pubs in 2018