The latest on the pub wiki

Well, I spent the day in London visiting the Northern part of the Jubilee line, from Baker street to Stanmore. That was quite interesting. I chose the least accessible part of the Jubilee line, as every station south of Baker street gets an accessible symbol.

I stopped when I was at Bond street, as one of the station staff told me off for using flash photography on the station to take a picture of the raised platform, the reason was it was like a gun going off – I am not convinced this was a fair answer.

I will have another go next week, maybe.

As regards the pub wiki site, I have made a lot of changes without deleting anything yet. All my pub history site is now on my site. It is also on the original pages, but these are often pointing to the new site, certainly the index pages.

That’s it really. Off to add some more pub history to the new site!


The new pub wiki

I am a bit of an idiot, I know. But hey ho. The pub history site is about to move over a period of a few days, to my pub wiki site.

Sorry about all of the links I am about to break. I should not start this late at night, but it is when I make my radical changes.

The revenues and visitors are close to zero, so I am not really affecting lots of people.


Islington pub updates – Hope & Anchor, 42 Barnsbury grove, Islington N7

I continue my updates for Islington pub history. I was tracing the Northern line along for my accessible transport site, this means visiting each station one at a time and taking some meaningful photographs of accessibility features, steps, gaps, raised platforms, step-free access, elevators, lifts, more steps, steps into waiting rooms, steps into the station entrance etc. – the Northern line is appalling at many of the stations.

In addition to this, I have added some superb pictures and history from Vincent, e.g. the Archway Tavern which has re-opened this year. I also visited this the other day, well, for a photograph.

Then I thought I would revisit some of the 1911 census summaries I work on, and added some additional detail, and the Hope & Anchor beerhouse at 42 Barnsbury grove. I do not know how much longer after 1944 it existed, but was there from at least 1891.

More updates to follow, lots more …

Tottenham Court road & the Northern line

As part of my health plan to get fit, I am visiting every one of the 600 rail stations in London, and adding modern pub pictures. So far, I have been concentrating on the Northern line. One of my other web sites which I started building just prior to the London Olympics is about accessiblity to the London rail stations. I am not in a wheelchair, but I do have health issues relating to climbing a steep slope, large numbers of stairs, so this site is for everyone like me and those who have non-self inflicted issues of too many years smoking!

I visited Tottenham Court road a couple of weeks ago, and discovered the excellent lifts at the station. I was also aware that the Northern line does not score highly for step-free train stations. I previously visited the Morden to Embankment southern section of this line. Today, I visited class
Tottenham Court road again, with a mission to visit some of the more northerly stations.

From this, I have spent the whole evening updating just
Tottenham Court road with some useful pictures, etc. I hope they are useful, as I build my understanding of what equates to a fully accessible station.


Hackney pubs & life generally

Lets start with Hackney. I have continued working through the 1901 census for Hackney pub history, and re-checked and re-ordered the lists into some form of sense, and added a number of additional licensed premises to the site – most are off licences, but hey ho!

I will spend a day in London tomorrow, and will either visit my old haunts in the Hackney area, or the Northern line where I am building an accessible site of the stations – the Northern line is generally rubbish, but there are a couple of good stations which are improving.

Life is good, for anyone who actually reads this stuff. I now have a London60 pass, so lots of trips all round London are planned, lots of them. Actually, they are not really planned, I just turn up in a undesignated zone, either by train or bus; and wander. The exercise is good, going from a few steps a day to many thousands, including lots of stairs. I am trying to keep up with my young wife! Maybe I will catch up with her one day! Here’s hoping, she is lovely.

The reason I jest so much is that the pub history site and all my other sites seem to be taking a downturn at present. I use google ads to pay for the server they reside on, which does not cost a great deal, but the £2 earned from ads yesterday, does not really cover this.

I enjoy the research, I have been doing it for many years, but the more I do, the less the sites seem to earn. I am clearly doing something wrong.

I could of course, drop all of the sites, and have lots of overseas holidays. But that would be boring. I like London, and researching the history of places. I will give it a little more thought.


Accessible travel in London on the Northern line

I had an interesting day today. I thought I would make a start on the Northern line underground train stations to see whether they were actually as bad as suggested.

Well, I only walked 15,000 steps today, but I have clocked up 43 sets of stairs. There is hope for me yet, I could barely walk up a single flight of stairs, six months ago!

Anyway, back to the Northern line. I firstly travelled to Morden, the southern most station which classifies as a very accessible station. This is very true. Well done TFL.

I then visited every station from Morden to Charing Cross, exiting and entering each station, from platform to street level; plus a few pubs were photographed near to these stations.

What did I discover. Well, my results are worse than those which are supposed to be correct. I discovered a lot of stations where there were not just very long escalators, but additional stairs – maybe I was just being plain stupid, but I don’t think so. One station was having its downwards elevator being repaired (until august); and Stockwell upwards elevator was in-operational when I visited. Apart from that, I watched people physically person-handling pushchairs up flights of stairs, and the usual luggage.

At one station. Kennington, there was a lift which went from street level to a suggested platform level area, and then some more stairs to climb up or down.What the f??

I am aware that a very small proportion of people are in wheelchairs who would like to use the transport system, but there are quite a lot of mums with wheelchairs!

Just another 590 stations still to visit. My site is slowly building, and all help and additional comment is very welcome, as are pictures, and feedback. Its called

Thanks for reading,


More Hackney pub history updates & accessible travel in London

Where do I start? Well, I have been working through the 1901 census for Hackney south east. It was rather useful, as some of the street numbering alters between the 1901 and 1911 census; and I spotted a number of errors. Initially I thought I had found earlier records for some of the pubs, until latterly checking the pubology site, Ewan was already aware of these additional details. He updates my site in a major way.

Anyway, I have altered some of these pages, and deleted the discrepancy pages. Whatever.

I spent a day in London today. I received my London60 pass, giving me free travel into London for the a number of years. The postman delivered it at 11 am. , and I was in the centre of London by midday, and I also had a cup of tea before I left!

One relevance to my London travel is in building a decent site about accessible travel in London. There are a lot of stations, and noticeably, a number of underground lines which are totally inaccessible to anyone who cannot cope with steps. It is getting better all of the time, but it is still absolutely awful.

A good example of ‘BAD’ is the Northern line, where I would guess that nearly all stations are inaccessible, except Tottenham Court road, which is brilliant.

I need some help with this, particularly from those who suffer with accessible problems, or anyone who wants to help out. I need good examples, and bad, and pictures, etc.

I am slowly building a reasonable site (unless you think it is crap), about accessible rail travel in London. I need updates.

Andy, who the site is dedicated to, is my daughters godfather – the godfather.



Hackney 1861 census additions & updates

I have a rather select band of people who update this site. I do all of the actual updating of content, so it is maybe, not an United effort of a band of people. This rather excellent small group send me their details via quite an outdated fashion of communication, email.

Anyway, Vincent sent me a rather excellent addition to the Crooked Billet, Upper Clapton road, which I have just added. I was looking at the early census records missing for 1841, and 1851, both in the early reign of Queen Victoria.

Who cares, you say, well I do; as do these pubs when quoting their early history. After a quick search, I added the 1841 census, from 178 years ago! Then I discovered I had already transcribed the 1861 census a while ago, and with all of the additional records added, I could now say that this address was relevant.

Checking through my 1861 transcriptions for 1861, I have now added a host of other Hackney pubs details for this period.

Boring, you may say! Well, it keeps me happy.

As an aside, about 40 years ago I was courting a rather lovely Barts nurse, who also worked at the Homerton. My other interest in this area. Now happily married for 35 years, and with three great youngsters, all University educated – a doctor, a mathematician, and a digital educator.

That’s it really.

London beer houses in 1899 & 1910 updates

I have spent a little (lot) of time adding beer retailers and beer houses to the pub history site, as have many of the people who have helped me update this site as a truly wonderful site about pub history.

I know it looks boring, but I think it is a wonderful masterpiece about these unknown places in history.

In retrospect, I made a big issue of adding every named public house in 1899, and I think I have almost achieved this, with one or two still missing.

Today, I thought I would check to see how may of the beer houses that were un-named at the time, in the beer retailer directories, were actually listed on the site. I also started this for 1910, and am working through the many lists I have built, and adding links as they exist.

This is largely driven at present by Ewan of the pubology site, blame him! He keeps my desire going to update this pub history site; as it continues to build.

That’s it really. Lots more 1899 and 1910 London beer houses now linked into the search engine, which is an amazing local search of all of my sites, although often it is broken as I rebuild the site.