Welcome to the A-Z of Peterborough's pubs history website recording the histories of inns, taverns, beer houses & malsters in Peterborough & the surrounding villages.



About this site:


This is a work in progress, so additional information & images will be added whenever new material emerges.  It is unfunded and is a strictly non-commercial library, updated almost daily, to record as much of the history of pubs in Peterborough as possible.


This site was specifically produced to promote a reference resource library regarding the lives of both the publican, their families together with any lodgers, visitors, or servants living or working at the premises at the time.


I was originally inspired to begin this web site after becoming a member of the 'Peterborough Images' Facebook page, of which there are over 16,802 members and became fascinated about the history of my home town of Peterborough. Whilst seeing some wonderful old photos of local pubs within the district, and the discussions that followed, I began to wonder what had happened to all the old pubs I had known and, whether there were any more that I didn't know about.  So I began delving into the history of Peterborough's pubs and the A-to-Z of Peterborough pubs history website is the result.


Over the past few years, I have managed to accumulate quite a lot of information regarding the history of inns, taverns, beer houses & maltsters via census, directories & newspapers and felt it important to share the archive with like-minded people, who not only have a passion for history but also for the love of the great British Pub.


Census records-There are quite a few instances in the census records where the occupation of the named person is listed as being other than that relating to the retailing of alcohol.  It should be noted that some publicans pursued other professions or trades at the same time.


With regard to the 1911 census where the number of rooms are listed, this includes the kitchen as a room but not the scullery, landing, lobby, closet, bathroom, nor warehouse, office or shop.


Directories-The directories give details of who were at the premises around the time they were published, but they may have been some years out of date and do not state what the person was doing there in relationship to the premises, but should imagine, like today, they would be the Licencee.


Newspaper articles- Speak for themselves, and usually give a great deal of information, not only of the pub itself, but also an insight into the lives of the publican/licencee, his family and patrons.  Also Coroners’ Inquests were normally conducted at a local alehouse, parish workhouse or in the building in which the death occurred.  I have included quite a few inquests.  Please note: sometimes not for the faint-hearted.


Why not use this site to discover whether your relatives played a part in it.  


Hope you enjoy - cheers