Pubs and Publicans and Licensed Victuallers
I have helped people with London Pubs questions from Trade Directories -Kelly's directories do list Pubs under a heading Publicans which is in pub name alphabetic sequence. The publicans themselves are listed in the Commercial directory section of Kelly's in surname sequence with every other person in a business.
Licensed Victuallers is a confusing term as it seems sometimes to apply
to publicans but also to people running places that sell alcohol and food and
perhaps also beer retailers which at some periods may not be just off licences
(bottle shops) as I first thought - if anyone has some legal definitions from
19th century please advise. Some people have ancestors living in what sounds
like a pub name that in a trade directory is just a beer retailer with a street number. .
2008 Kevan is very active with maps and Pubs and has sites at http://essexpub.net and http://londonpublichouse.com and http://visiteastlondon.net and http://deadpubs.co.uk/index.shtml which is called London, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Middlesex, Surrey & Sussex Pubs, Inns, Taverns & Beer Houses History & Trade Directory.
Another couple of sites of interest
- A big list of Pubs http://homepage.ntlworld.com/hitch/gendocs/pubs.html
- Pub History Society has changed is now www.pubhistorysociety.co.uk
Web search in say www.google.com there is a wealth of info on pubs on the web. I have found photo etc of old pubs in Hammersmith etc using google
Some other Pub sites
Records of Licences issued to Publicans can often be found in the records of Courts of Petty Sessions which may be county record offices
I did say Pubsindex was a popular lookup service run by Stan Gooch & Bob Sones sadly due sickness their web site has been off the air. 8/2005 they said contact at email@example.com but appears to be inactive 6/2008
Update 25 June 2013 from Stan Gooch
Hi Ron, I've just noticed the comment about the Pubs Index on your website. I'm happy to be able to tell you that after a bout of illness culminating with the dreaded diabetes, I've been back in harness for the last couple of years, trying to clear the enormous backlog of material from contributors. I've found it surprisingly therapeutic. To the point; the Index stands, as of last night, at 1,003,388 entries and increasing daily. I'm now inviting those interested to submit enquiries - and contributions - but by email only. I regret that I don't have the expertise to convert the database to an online, searchable resource and nor do I have the funds to be able to set up a website, which would then have to be pay-to-search (ughh!) Hope to hear from you in due course Pip! Pip!! Stan
firstname.lastname@example.org and on web at Pubs Index
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