Follow @deadpubsCannot find what you are looking for? Try the google search of the sites, pub history at its best - 50,000+ pages & 10,000+ images - I update the pub history site every day!
If you have updates for the pub history site, email is : Kevan
The pub history site was created by Kevan Wilding & Stephen Harris (from Ian Hunters original Essex pubs site). The pub history site now covers all of Essex, London, Kent, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Middlesex, Suffolk, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Devon, Somerset and parts of Lincoln and Leicester - not bad, ey? The sister site is moving north, and now includes most of Manchester, and much more - there will be many additions in 2014.
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
concentrates on the many road name changes through the years because of slum clearance, road renaming and modern office building. The
site lists Pubs and their history in their original church parishes; and
attempts to describe the towns through the past two hundred years. It is the
culmination of many years work by countless contributors, and continues to grow.
I am still hoping that the likes of google will do this in a visual aspect by
the use of maps.
A good example on the site is London. London is very interesting in itself, it bore the brunt of the WWII bombings, as did many other places, but also went through a road renaming process between 1938 and 1944. 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, now complete, and unique to this site - it lists all named pubs and beer retailers who were trading in 1944. You can then match the Pub or address with that in 1938 or earlier through the search engine! This is why I refer to this as the historical London & the south of England street directory at its best using historical pubs as a basis for continued research. Other areas of the UK in the south are similarly portrayed, although London is an easier area to work on, if rather huge.
Pubs, like churches move slowly over a period of time, I use this to my advantage. The site lists original content on Pub History, Census and Trade Directory entries from the Post Office , Kelly and Pigots Trade Directories, Petty Session Victuallers records etc. for the last two hundred years. The public houses are listed by church parish as they would have existed before 1900 - many of these are no longer in existence. Google has mapped vast areas in its street view and modern maps, Ordnance Survey are releasing their maps to the wider community. Historical maps are a must in this research.
There is a search engine on every page of the site. This
includes the approximately 50,000 pages of pubs and pub history I have added
over the last ten years. It is quite comprehensive, but will never be complete.
You can use the simple search engine to search for a particular person, and
address or a Pub. It is a simple search engine using key words in the pages, and
I am planning on improving in the near future, to search on phrases. More to
follow on this - enjoy the pubs history site.
Here are some random historical and new images of the many thousands of images on the pub history site:
Lobster, Canvey Island
Cricketers, Bethnal Green
Bow Bells, Bromley
Brunel Hotel, Plymouth
The Cricketers, Richmond
The pub history directory is an important tool in searching for addresses in the towns that have changed over time. This site lists historical Public Houses site and Directory listings, and has entries generally up until 1944 at the latest. If there is not an entry for a year, it is because I do not have this information, please help to complete the data. The pub history site is updated on a daily basis by the many regular contributors and the search engine updates on a weekly basis.