Wonderful picture of 'trouble and strife' below.
I finished adding the 1906 London pub directory the other day, and now onto another early Holden directory, in 1811, currently just finished the letter B
I have one issue at present, how to make the thousands of pubs pages interesting when they are often just a list of landlords, if that makes sense. I guess the answer is to add something more interesting at the same time, and definitely unique detail that is not generally available on other sites.
I am guessing there are now close to sixty thousand pages on the pub history sites, by now.
Actually, about fifteen years ago I was adding the first pages pub history pages for Hammersmith, and actually thinking that this was stupid. You have to be forward thinking, which I think I have achieved. Here is Hammersmith at present, it may change but will always be in the present.
I got home from a London visit to find a rather excellent email from Canada. I always treat Canada emails with respect, and this was no different. The 1853 license confirmation from 1853, the original document, at the Lord Nelson, Bishopsgate!
I also received an email via Ewan, who runs the pubology site. He forwarded a request for detail on the Castle, 44 Commercial road, Whitechapel. Strange, but I photographed this pub a few days earlier on a rather excellent visit to the area. Then into London research mode, well here are a few additions.
In addition to adding the picture, I have been very busy updating a flaw in the code which affects mobile users. Thanks to google mobile friendly search , really appreciated. I am also adding loads of additional directories for pubs, e.g. 1862, 1927, 1940 etc. And a few more 1921 street directories, more of these to come. Both of these are ongoing issues I am dealing with and I am winning; just 4600 pages with images that need a slight code change, whatever!
I seem to have lost my #1 spot for pub history, and I am considering adding a whole book on early signboards in 1866, and I am now in the process of adding all 16 chapters, I am currently on chapter 5, and enjoying the proof reading as it is rather brilliant. The book is 500 pages long, and is significant, and is ready to add to the site. Note the image below, which is also brilliant.
A reminder of who started this site - thanks Ian. The site has grown over the years, I hope you enjoy it.
June 2018 . Pigots 1833 for London, Holdens directory for 1805 etc. Also major additions to Acton & Chiswick. And so much more. Currently updating Hampstead. In fact I tend to do lots of Middlesex updates.
I have now retired, and have lots of time to update the pub history sites. Woohoo!
May 2018 - Loads. Recent additions are the London pub directories for 1927, 1942 etc
Lots of London pub history updates. This is good - the Old Pack Horse, Chiswick
I refer to whether a building was a pub 100 years ago - or even 200 years ago, and am missing the last 70 years! I don't have the detail, or reference etc; c'est la vie! Help me fix this.
There are many people helping me out still.