House History

Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you, what sort of people were they, what sort of problems did they have?

The history of any house can be traced, but those in a rural position, particularly manor houses and farms, tend to be more easily identified through the records. Chancery records can be very helpful for determining the descent of land and houses, and can often add colour and life to the history of the owners and occupiers of a house, sometimes with descriptions of events in particular rooms, or a dispute over financing a rebuild.  Other records such as deeds, tax records, and personal records such as wills, are also helpful.