The pub history site now covers all of the UK.
My first article touched on modern day pub history.
This article is about this site, and how it happened. The header page nearly always cites Essex before any other areas, and this is the clue. I began researching my own family history a decade or so ago, and at this time there was an Essex pub site run by Ian 'Pubby' Hunter.
Ian Hunter put his life into the Essex pubs site, and i also contributed what I thought may be of use. In fact all he needed was someone to add some census detail, or anything that was quite simple to research and add. He was not looking for anyone to spend hours researching books, and other sources. All the detail required was available in online resources on the census sites.
In about 2003, Ian Hunter tragically died. A major blow to the Essex forum people. A group of friends grouped together to re-enact his site, and largely driven by his good friend, Colleen, and latterly a good friend of mine. Ian's Essex site was rescued, and I took over the development of this site.
For the next ten years, the site started out by adding some other local areas in skeleton format, e.g. London, Kent & Suffolk. I often attempted to find something new and additional to add to the Essex pub history, and struggled. I can now say that there was a limit on the beer retailers which had been added, and there was actually a minor flaw in the site, but apart from this Ians Essex pub history site has never changed in any major way.
The BIG change has been the addition of London, Kent, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Devon, Somerset, Cornwall etc. Some of these counties may take another fifty years to achieve the same notoriety as the Essex pub history; but then this has been an ongoing process for many years. I continue to add new areas as I see fit, and this will eventually include the entire country - I hope Ian will be proud that he started this!
I have many regular contributors who supply masses of detail for the site. My two biggest contributors have to be Colleen who often spams me with a couple of hundred new pictures. There is also a well known contributor to the many pub history sites, i.e. Stephen Harris. Stephen has been supplying me with history updates and pictures since at least 2006, he is now the co-author of the pub history site.
I also particularly like the works by Ewan, and his pubology site, another of my regular contributors.