Your History

The history we prepare for you comes in two parts. Part one covers the period before the house was built, including old maps (Enclosure, Tithe, Ordnance Survey, etc) and their schedules which show ownership and the use of the land on which your house was built. The second part covers the history of the house itself.

The house may have been built on the site of another earlier building or perhaps in the grounds of an old mansion or on the site of a nursery or even a strawberry field. We provide various maps which show the development of the immediate area right up to the present day.

We also include entries from the Land Tax Assessments, Rate Books from which we can trace the ownership of the land and/or the occupier of the house after it was built.

Various records will show the actual or approximate date when the house was built and by whom. These could include estate plans, maps, sales particulars, sometimes marked into plots, and the first mention of the house in the local Street Directories, Electoral Registers and/or Census Returns. Sometimes the actual plans for the building of the house and the person who built it can be discovered.

We include the Census Returns which are available every ten years from 1841 until 1911. These give valuable information about the occupiers, their professions and their families and servants living in the house at the time. Some houses were used as schools or ‘Academies for Young Ladies’ and others as doctors’ or dentists’ surgeries. One cottage we researched was used as a wine shop. Some houses changed hands frequently but a few were lived in by one family for two or more generations.

In 1910 the Inland Revenue began a survey of almost every building and land holding in England and Wales known as the new Domesday Book. We include these records on your property which give valuable information on ownership, occupancy, financial details and a description of the house. From this you will learn the value of your property and how your house and garden were laid out nearly a hundred years ago.

As the history continues we provide a full chronology of who lived in the house together with old photographs of the street wherever possible.

We give details of the original house names and/or street number, and we provide copies, and/or the reference, of any available architectural drawings and relevant newspaper cuttings, together with a note on any famous occupants or neighbours.

Sometimes we come across discoveries which may have a particular interest to the owner or resident, such as the former existence of a well in the garden.

Old Deeds are very useful but not essential to researching a full house history.

If the information is on record we aim to find it.