Period Property UK
Discussion forum with useful advice on restoring old properties
It's often when you start to carry out redecoration, renovation or repair that you find interesting things about your house that may lead you to want to dig deeper and find out more about the history of your house. many buildings will have undergone substantial structural changes that are revealed when you strip back the wallpaper, while in other houses the current layout and structure is just as it is now.
Undoubtedly the best thing is to try to locate the deeds to the house as this should give you some information about the history such as the date of construction. However not all deeds are very comprehensive and may not include the information that you want.
Where are the deeds to my house?
If you don't have the deeds yourself then they are probably being held by your solicitor or by the bank or building society if you have a mortgage. Be aware they may charge you to supply copies or to allow you site of the originals.
See if you can find any old maps that may show your property. you can search online for old Ordnance Survey maps or enquire at your local or county library. The scale of these maps is not usually big enough to show much information about your house. however it can certainly help you to pinpoint whether your house had been constructed by the date of the map.
Building styles have changed over the centuries, mainly due to advances in technology and changes in taste and style. For instance large pained sash windows are likely to indicate a building from the mid to late Victorain period (unless they were replacements for earlier windows!) However you shouldn't rule out regional factors which may over-ride the normal dating for your house, particularly in mre remore areas where oklder traditions and practices may have lasted longer.