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.

With years of experience researching the history of houses, Susan is an expert at uncovering the hidden histories of the families who lived in a house.  Standard sources will of course be searched, such as:

  • Census Returns
  • 1910 Domesday Survey
  • Ordnance Survey Maps
  • Tithe maps
  • Births, marriages, deaths
  • Wills
  • Parish registers
  • Churchwardens accounts and other parish chest sources
Once a basis of research has been carried out for the 19th century, the interesting work can start for older houses - or for the site of a more recent house, and sources to be searched will include:
  • Chancery records
  • Tax records
  • Manorial records
  • Deeds
  • Estate maps
  • Enclosure records
  • Crown Estate records
  • Architectural plans
  • Images and photographs
Research is not necessarily carried out in chronological order. provided that there is certainty that the right house is being investigated. Where no house name is given (and names are rare before the 20th century) the associated fields can help to identify the right house.