London historical street directories and pub history
Aldgate - East Ham & City of
London parishes , Forest Gate
- Spitalfields , St
Alban - St Margarets, St Martin - St Thomas
, Stoke Newington - Whitefriars
Here are a considerable number of London directories of publicans, beer
houses, hotel, coffee houses etc.; and another more interesting page of London
pub history describing a London historical pub
site which I have been attempting to build for nearly twenty years.
It is all out of date, but that's what makes it pub history.
I am starting to build a specific site about London history, at
londonwiki.co.uk which is an
amazing wander through time, and continues to get better.
- Wakefields Directory 1794 - just the
brewers, wine & brandy merchants, an odd coffee house etc
- The Licensed Victuallers Association subscribers in 1824-25, insurance & charity
- London Holden directory in 1805- one of the earlier useful directories
- London Holden directory in 1811 - another brilliant early commercial directory
- London 1818 street directory - partial at present
- London Pigots 1822 Hotels, Inns and Coffee Houses A - L, M - Y
- Middlesex 1826 Pubs- 12 miles around London - a bit random
- Licensed Victuallers Association 1827 part one
part two ;
part three and
- Licensed victuallers in 1827 another brilliant early directory by Pigots, alphabetically by licensee
- Licensed victuallers in 1829 another
early Robsons directory, and also the 1829 Hotels, Inns
and Coffee Houses
- London Pubs, Taverns, Hotels, Inns and Coffee House in 1833 - 34 an brilliant early Pigots directory
- London Robsons 1832 street directory - now complete, with 1842 street images and mapping links
- London Pubs in 1836, Pigots directory
- London Pubs in 1839, Pigots directory
- London Pubs in 1841,
- London Pubs in 1842 - Robsons directory
- The London 1843 Post Office
directory - A complete street directory of London, listed by alphabetical surname of all London, but not a great index.
- London Pubs in 1846,
- Pubs, Beer Retailers and Hotels 1848, listed by alphabetical surname of all pubs in London
- Pubs, Beer Retailers and Hotels 1851, listed by alphabetical surname of all pubs in London
- Essex herts Kent 1855
- London Pubs in 1856, listed by pub name
- The Licensed Victuallers Association members in 1862
- London Pubs in 1862, a good list of pub names.
- London Publicans in 1869, a very good list of pub names.
- Hackney 1874
- London 1874
- London 1881 raw census
- huge pages I have moved, should be ignored by mobiles
- London Pubs 1884,
- London Publicans 1891,
- Beer retailers in 1895, an A to Z
- London Suburbs 1896,
- Pubs, Hotel and Beer Retailers in 1899, the definitive list of pubs in 1899 which has most pages linked to the relevant pub
The pub wiki site records detailed research about people, buildings and streets from diverse
sources, including census detail, insurance records, street directories,
licensing records, births, christenings, marriages, deaths and wills. There are
also a significant number of images of the buildings, business cards and other
The research has been built over a number of years by a team of experts; and
continues to evolve. The best research on this site is for
London pubs, taverns
and beer houses over the past two hundred years, but nearly all of the south of
the UK has entries; and much of the entirety of the UK is listed in one format
or another. This history site also continues to evolve into a London history
project, using the many thousands of pubs as part of this; plus street
directories especially the unique
1832 and 1842
Robsons street directories.
The London pub history section of the site covers not only the original City of
London, but also encompasses the many local home counties which became part of
London in 1965 as part of the London county council, i.e. pretty much anything
inside the M25 motorway.
Here are some of these by postcode as I sort them:
Many of the more astute licensed victuallers were involved in the
Licensed Victuallers Association.
This association was an insurance to protect families in times of hardship.
The licensed victuallers association offered this, to
their own family, or members of an extended family.
Here is the first article on researching a pub,
My next article on research of a pub will start to
explain the differences between the different areas of London and the South
East, and why some areas had lots of pubs, and some had none. I have a massive interest in history of any old building, whether it be a pub,
a church, or any other landmark that is identifiable in history. My latest site on
London history continues to build as I try and make sense of some of this.