Clapham pub history & site changes

Clapham pub history & site changes

The pub history site is always being updated. I do this because I am probably a megalomaniac collector of data.

I was once a stamp collector, which was expensive, now I just collect random bits of data, which is also quite expensive, not just in my time.

The latest updates for pub history have been in Battersea, and also Clapham. I am slowly working towards Surrey, and this is an obvious addition; and as I always say, historical detail only needs to be added once, it has already happened.

I believe I am close to completion of the early records for Clapham, I added a couple of additional 1881 named pubs this evening, including the Joiners Arms.

Sadly, the many hours doing this never look the same, it is just an addition to the many thousands of pages which need updating.

Sad, but true.


Stroud pub history

I update any area that I see fit to receive an update. In this case, i have been receiving a considerable number of very useful updates from a Mr Red in Gloucester.

Mr Red (pseudonym) is very good at mapping, and also has an interest in his local area, which is fine by me. So, as the updates keep coming, I thought an update of the Stroud area was worth some of my time, of which I do have a lot available these days.

The Stroud pub history has grown significantly over the past week or so. In fact, I have quite enjoyed this update. There are also at least two sites which are also heavily invested in this endeavour already. I link to both from my index page.

Enough for one post.


Advertising with adsense on the pub history site

I have just removed all adsense advertising from the pub history site. Most of my sites do not bother with this waste of time advertising space feature anyway.

Bye bye, shit advertising, a bit like Boris and his hot air promises, not that Hunt is any better, but this is the Tory selection.

My god, maybe the Labour party could actually be electable again. Here is hoping.

I will leave the light on.

My sites, accessibility, pub history and world war 1

I have just read the most amazing blog by one of my contributors to London pub history. He talks about an area called the Isle of Dogs, and their losses in the world war one – it is an amazing study, probably written in a number of weeks, and others would deem this a lifetimes work for a book on the subject. It is here, if you wish to have a read.

It made me think about what sites I have, and whether they are useful. In fact, I think I started to realise that I actually try and cover too many areas, but hey ho, this will never change!

So, in addition to the pub history sites, of which there are several, and cover most of the UK, well large bits of it, including all of London.

Then there are a couple of sites I knocked up when I was not sleeping very well, these were the LCC workers who were involved in world war one, a list of many thousands, plus other bits which are probably not accessible, as I have too many pages to link to.

Then, more recently, I started an accessible site to the London underground system just prior to the Olympics in Stratford in 2012. This was never fully purposed, and went out of date very quickly. I am now updating this accessible site of London travel, not from just a wheelchair user, but also as I have some mobility, from a persons view for those with limited mobility. Trust me, I know what I am talking about.

When I was working at an Essex University, I often asked our access team how they would travel in London. The answer was always the same, they would get a taxi!

I am now retired, and have my London60 pass, and can visit all of these wonderful train stations, all 600 of them.

I know not everyone can afford a taxi. I don’t think that enough has been done to either make rail travel easy, and there is very limited detail on what is actually accessible, and where it is a bit lacking.

That will do this blog, I don’t have weeks to build it, just a few minutes.


Google adsense is a waste of time

Just for the record, I am deleting most Google adsense advertising from my sites. I think I will fund the sites, and my own server myself, from my meagre pension.

I would stop the sites from this perspective, but I actually enjoy adding new content. I always have enjoyed this part of the process, even if many other scumbag webmasters, and newspapers, think it is OK to just copy and paste my material onto their useless sites. Whatever, typical Tory morons who will probably vote Boron in as the next PM – ha, ha.

The reason is that even with many thousands of well indexed pages, the revenue is very close to zero, and I would rather spend my time on the content rather than worrying about advertising which often just shows white spaces on the pages.

I will also be looking at the random pages which are duplication, and pointing to a decent page. These will also be deleted, and there may be a few broken links. But who cares, I don’t.

And then, I may just move large parts of the site about – maybe. Just for reference, I am listed at about 2.6 out of millions of pages, for the search pub history. This does not equate to a reasonable number of visitors, so this may need to be revisited.

I am watching Chernobyl, at Sky Atlantic, at present, and have a couple of days before this disappears. It is very dark, but brilliant. Two more episodes to watch.

The football in France is also amazing. Power to the Girls! Brilliant.

Lastly, I watched Tom Walker at Glastonbury, on the TV. What an amazing guy. I love him.

Roman London Wall, accessible train stations & pub history

That’s what I do, see the title. I have spent a couple of afternoons in London east this week, mostly based around Fenchurch street and Tower hill, as I discover London.

If you dropped me into London without a map, and asked me to find the closest train station, I would not have a clue.Well, up until today.

There are three areas of research, I run the pub history site, of which I am very proud, and this includes any pubs – I think this goes without saying.

I also run a site which details early London history, and I have been working on the London wall recently, and this has, and continues to be, interesting.

Thirdly, I have an interest inaccessibility, particularly on the trains system. I am not in a wheelchair, but I am not exactly fit, and struggle up any set of stairs. This includes getting out of breath very easily, and wetting myself at the same time, that’s how it is. Sorry.

So, two quick trips into London this week, included about 7 miles walking each day, which is good. I was able to find the actual outline of the Roman London wall, and take lots of pictures of pubs along the way.

I am also slowly adding, and updating the London railway stations pages, particularly in relation to accessibility.

Next month, I get my freedom pass, aged 60; and will be in London every day, hopefully.

Tom Walker inspiration, mental illness, anything really

I first heard Tom Walker, probably in an advert.

‘Cause we’ve all made mistakes
If you’ve lost your way

I will leave the light on

You have no idea how inspirational this is to me.

The song obviously touches a nerve with a lot of people. Most people are scared of talking about their weaknesses, I am not!

Tomorrow, after 45 years of smoking, a couple of major bouts of mental illness, and work shit, I am planning a trip to London, to the Tower.

What makes me different from anybody else? I have given up smoking, I have been through two bouts of serious mental health, and I have survived, and now planning on taking on Doris Day’s target of living to 97 years old.

It was only a few months ago I told my brilliant doctor that I was worried about reaching my 60th birthday.

And along with a wonderful wife, who continues to work, and is too loud for me anyway, and several brilliant children who have, or are, reaching their pinnacles of brilliance.

I must have been clever once, before I head-butted a windscreen at 70 mph.; and spent a week in an induced coma. Who knows, who cares.

Mental health issues – another time, maybe.


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