Online resources for property history

GENERAL SITES PROVIDING INFORMATION ON HOW TO CONDUCT RESEARCH OR WHERE TO LOCATE RELEVANT SOURCES:

Sources in the Essex Record Office for tracing property history: http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/getpage.aspx?id=35

Sources in the Norfolk Record Office for tracing property history: http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/view/NCC098495

Leaflets produced by the National Archive explaining popular sources: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/

  • Hearth Tax Assessments
  • Manorial Court Records
  • National Farm Survey of England and Wales, 1940-1943
  • Ordnance Survey records

SITES PROVIDING SPECIFIC INFORMATION RELEVANT TO TRACING THE HISTORY OF AN INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY:

 Architects

Royal Institute of British Architects – http://www.architecture.com/Explore/Home.aspx

This site has an online library catalogue, which includes an index to over 300 architectural periodicals, books, photographs and manuscripts held in the RIBA Library along with a biographical database of architects.

Directories

http://www.historicaldirectories.org/

This includes numerous county directories for the UK and is a searchable database by either location or year.  Within your chosen search it is then possible to specify a surname, street name etc and find all the given matches.

Land Registry

http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/

About two thirds of property titles in England and Wales are registered with the Land Registry which now offers an online service whereby it is possible to search for relevant documents for individual addresses. Once identified it is possible, for a set fee per item, to download copies of the register entry and the title plan. The information on the register includes a note of the location and extent of the property, the owner’s name and address, the price if sold since 1 April 2000 and details of any mortgages or rights of way. The title plan, prepared by the Ordnance Survey, shows the land owned.

Listed Buildings

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/

This website has descriptions of listed buildings in England, along with photographs of buildings 1860s-present; aerial photographs 1930s-present, and survey reports on specific buildings.

http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/

This is maintained by the National Monuments Records Centre and contains photographs of England’s 370,000 Listed Buildings.

Manorial Records

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/manor-search

The Manorial Documents Register, maintained by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, contains information on the whereabouts of many manor court rolls and books.

Maps

http://www.old-maps.co.uk/

This contains an extensive UK map archive.  It is best searched via the Gazetteer option, which provides access to both historical First Edition Ordnance Survey sheets from the 1880s and modern maps along with aerial photographs for the section highlighted on your map.

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

Ordnance Survey provides an historical mapping service; it is possible to purchase copies of maps from 1800-1995.