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Useful House History Links

Here are the first batch of useful sites you may wish to visit.  Some sites may charge a fee for a search or for copies of documentation.

General History Free/Official Sites

nationalarchiveslogoNational Archives

The National Archives at Kew is the largest archive in the United Kingdom and have lots of online archives and tools to help people search the different archive records they hold.

Because the National Archive holds so many different types of record, they have produced guides for people looking for information that might reside in more than one source.  They  have a very help guide for people who are specifically researching the history of houses which can be found here:

Your Archives: ‘Historical Streets Project’ is an exciting and accessible resource that enables everyone to share and reuse historical information in a way that has not previously been possible. They have a good street level search


The Land Registry

You can search for your homes official Title Register with a list of owners and potentially get a copy of your deeds 9if they have been lodged with the system).  There is a small fee to pay but you can click on the link below to see what documents are available:


They have a useful blog to help you establish the age of your house

Listed Status

You can check if your house is listed by searching on the Historic England website here. T

Good For The Local Area:

A general understanding of the area can be useful when you're researching the history of an individual house. Whether it's in a village, a suburb, or a city, you can find such information through published resources such as:

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British History Online                                 British History Online (BHO) is an online library of key printed  sources for the history of Britain and Ireland. It includes online copies of documents from medieval to twentieth century which are easily searchable and browsable online. It brings together material for British history from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and academics.

Victoria County History

Founded in 1899 and originally dedicated to Queen Victoria, the VCH is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day. Based at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London since 1933, the VCH is written by historians working in counties across England and is without doubt the greatest publishing project in English local history

An online archive managed by the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Survey of London publishes its own research research into the development of London and produces detailed architectural and topographical studies about the capital’s built environment.

Commercial Sites

The commercial sites are very useful as they have brought together many of the primary sources listed above and have built some useful tools to help you search them

Find My Past

Cassini Maps Search, buy and download digital versions of the originalRegistration District maps from the 1871 census on theCassini Mapswebsite.

Ordnance SurveyAs well as new maps the Ordnance Survey also provides historical maps to support projects like house histories.