London wiki & history

I keep changing the site I am building a history of London, and in particular Roman London, at present. At first the site was called; but google ads refused to add advertising on the site.

I then moved it to; and this was trending quite highly for the search term ‘London street directory’ with a few adverts.

Then I realised that the more I do to build up my pub history site of about 50,000 pages was just being downgraded, and the revenues, which are only to cover my server costs, were quickly being reduced.

So, I thought, I know, I will use a brilliant domain name I have, i.e., and this is the current London history site name, and it is slowly building.

I also have a whole host of other domain names which I have purchased over the past years. I like a domain name, or two. Many just point, or are redirected, to another site.

Google suggests that I should not have lots of sites, as this is detrimental to the main sites I run. It does not tell you that any sites that you run with 50,000 pages are about as interesting as some blogger who builds a simple one page wordpress site.

I also have a number of wordpress sites now, but I have little interest in writing for these! This is one of them, and is quite boring, albeit factual.

I can build a rather excellent site of completely new / additional material in a matter of days; I work very hard on the same, then move onto another site, or back to my main pub history site.

Currently, I am so fed up with my pub history site, of 50k pages being largely ignored, that I may just move it to other sites as I see fit.

Who knows where the coming days may find the sites. The odd few emails I get on pub history are usually just to tell me I have a minor point incorrect, and rarely add anything particularly useful.

hey ho, I feel another new site coming anytime soon, like tonight.

Roman London history & the London walls

I don’t do clever blogs, I just report what I have spent hours planning for my web sites/s. I keep it simple.

In addition to the rather brilliant pub history site I have been building for the past 15 years, I have recently added two other sites I want to continue to build. These are the accessible rail travel site, which allows reasonable access to rail and tube travel around London.

I have also started a London history site, and this starts in Roman times, which I remember well, although my memory seems to be fading a little, and therefore I am relying more and more on Stows survey of London, circa 1600. You know how it is!

The good thing is that I have now packed up smoking after about 45 years, and I am about to get my free pass to London, from Tfl, just a few more months. Both are brilliant.

Lastly, my favourite music at present is Tom Walker

I needed to find what these lyrics meant, as I am touched by his singing, and his songs. Life can be lonely when you do not have a friend, I am fortunate to always have a friend or two.

Lah lah

My London wiki of the last 2000 years

I have taken advice from google, who say I have too many sites. I have therefore moved a host of my London wiki and London street directories onto just one site – i.e.

This also includes early Roman history of London as I am building it slowly, etc.

I have made clever usage of site redirects to enable my content not to get lost, and here is a copy of my .htaccess file which may be of use to other web builders, it does exactly what I need it to do:

RewriteEngine on

order deny,allow deny from all allow from all
order deny,allow deny from all

IndexIgnore .htaccess /.?? *~ *# /HEADER /README /_vti
ErrorDocument 404

RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.(.)$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.)$ https://%1/$1 [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule ^/?(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R,L]

Redirect 301 /London1843
Redirect 301 /streets

I hope someone finds this of use.

It should be interesting to see how long this site takes to get in the top ten for search for London street directory

London 2018 pubs updates

More updates for the pub history site today include a number of updates for the 2018 list of UK pubs, I pick random areas, but these all need to be done.

I am currently working through the Westminster listing, which is rather large, and this will take a couple of days.

Earlier, I added updates for the Wandsworth listing, it is not yet complete, but looking better. I did spend a little time in the Putney area, as I spotted a beer house which was not yet listed; and I believe what I have added is a true reflection of the Bricklayers Arms, Waterman street aka River street aka Gay street. Lovely names.

That’s enough for now, back to the updates.

Hampshire 2018 & pub history updates

I have added a number of 2018 pub listings to the pub history site. This is quite important, as many of the Hampshire pages are just stub entries with an odd 1927 entry, and the page is awful too.

As an update, I have been working through the Winchester area, adding links, updating where the pub still exists in 2018, where I have it listed, plus I have added lots of history to some of the areas. It is a days worth of updates, but I do a lot in one day.

Here is the 2018 list for the Winchester area, which is getting better, and I will add similar updates for many of the other pages as I find time; plus updates for the relevant pubs. This listing covers most of the UK.

Mobile usability & stuff

I have spent a number of hours today getting some of my pages to pass the mobile usability tests in the google webmaster tools. These tools are very good, if a little archaic – they tell you what the problem is, but with little idea of how to fix it.

I discovered that some of the pages on my accessible rail travel site were not passing, actually, they are still failing the tests, but getting better! This one still fails.

I removed the search engine from all of the pages, well from the included page, to confirm this was not the problem, I can add it back later.

I did try a similar page on my pub history site, the London pubs links page, which passes fine, and have changed many of the links on the failing pages to using lists rather than paragraphs.

Meanwhile, it is ‘red nose day’ on Friday. I watched the assault by a number of celebrities on Mount Kilimanjaro last night. It was brutal. Not only were they walking 55 miles in seven days (I think), they also climbed a significant mountain, at high altitude – it was really brutal!

Really well done, and I hope the fund raising goes well, as I am sure it will. I have done my fair share of charitable giving over the years, and endorse this if you are still earning a shekel.

That’s it.

London17 blog

Why is this called London17? It is because it is the domain name – that’s it really.

I am building a number of sites about London history, and this is one of them, and it is a blog. I am not a great fan of blogs, but they get well recognised in the search engines as compared to my 50 thousand page site on pub history which gets ignored.

That’s it really.

I am building a new Londonwiki site which will encompass anything about London that I want to add, it will be the history of the last 2000 years. I will start by adding the pubs for the last 200 years, well, just an index and link to these public houses, beer house, taverns and inns etc. These indexes will be by modern London post code.

Or you can go straight to the pub history site which is organised by London parish