Here we link to the web sites that are available to help you with your researches and provide further information. Some County Record Offices publish guides to tracing your home and wherever we have discovered these we have provided a link in the list of County Record Offices which you can find by clicking this link
How old is the house?
If you do not know the date your house was built or had additional features added try looking at the architecture and using a dating tool such as the one found at Howoldismyhouse or Bricks and Brass
Useful Websites Sites about buildings
More detailed descriptions of buildings listed as being of special architectural or historic interest have been published by the Department for culture, media and sport
English Heritage is another government body that has major responsibilities in conservation, giving advice, registering and protecting the historic environment. It also maintains a public archive, the National Monuments Record and you can find details about all 360,000 English Heritage Listed buildings
In Scotland, copies of statutory lists of buildings are held at the National Monuments Record for Scotland
This is a good guide to tracing a house in Scotland
A searchable database is available on the Historic Scotland
or the National Library of Scotland
For enquiries about historic buildings in Wales, contact the National Monuments Record of Wales
Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and we are charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is responsible for ensuring that Wales' archaeological, built and maritime heritage is authoritatively recorded and understood.
Historic Houses Association is dedicated to supporting Britain's historic houses, castles and gardens - and helping visitors to enjoy them!
Britain Express looks at English architecture and the philosophies of building styles and the periods.
The Geffrye Museum shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
Looking at Buildings provides an introduction to architecture with pages on Building Types, architectural styles and traditions and building materials and methods of construction descriptions of architectural aspects.
Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) is better known as the museum of the history of the home’.
Pevsner Architectural guides Links to the famous Pevsner Architectural Guides series
Building History is a good website that sets out information to help research any historic building
If you are researching a Victorian or Edwardian house history have a look at the excellent Victorian Society
18 Stafford Terrace Preserved Victorian family home providing an insight into the lives of the Sambournes and the world in which they lived
Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a Fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries
A site which is meant to be a starting point for students and anyone else interested in old houses has the longest web site name of The construction and history of mediaeval timber-framed houses in England and Wales. This describes the history of timber-framed houses in England and Wales, their method of construction and the people who lived in them, starting with the 13 th Century and ending with the 19th.
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic buildings, rescued & carefully rebuilt on 50 acres site in beautiful South Downs countryside.
Census records which can help you are available from 1841 to 1911.
Your local library or record office should have copies and possibly have indexes of streets and districts.
Several on-line paid sites have access to the census.
Find My Past has many records that are free to view
More links to the census on line can be found at the census page on this site
Directories & Phone books
The British Telecom archives provide useful links to telephone directories
Historical Directories is an excellent digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919.
The original history magazine, History has been published monthly in London since January 1951 and is a fusion of intellectual articles written in a readable style The website includes an archive of virtually every article published by the magazine since 1980.
Since 1984, Local History Magazine has been the country’s No.1 national magazine about local history and their Local History Online website is full of interesting information.
Discover My Past, a bi-monthly on line publication, is the only available genealogical and historical reference resource dedicated to Scotland and its people
How to find your archives
The Archon Directory, hosted by the National Archives website, provides contact details for archives all over the UK and beyondAccess to Archives contains indexes to collections across England and WalesThe Scottish Archive Network contains indexes to collections in Scotland.
Access to Archives (A2A) has a database which contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.
Motco contains a reference database of topographical prints, maps, prospects and panoramas of London, the Thames and the UK. It also provides the opportunity to purchase CDs of the London maps
Check the historical social class of your street using Charles Booth’s poverty maps, compiled between 1886 and 1903
BuyaGift supply My House History Portfolio is a personalised and unique gift tracing the geographical history surrounding your property and the local community.
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Where is your house?
You should be able to find details about county, towns or parishes histories in the local library.
A good starter for general information can be found online through A Vision of Britain, Scotland's Places or Ask About Ireland.
The Gazetteer provides an exhaustive Place Name Index to Great Britain, containing over 50,000 entries. It lists the historic county and the main administrative areas in which each place lies.
If you are looking for a Scottish place try the Scottish Place names society
Bricks and Brass is an excellent site that provides information about the history of houses mainly from 1750-1950
Victoria County History is an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people from earliest times to the present day.
If you have any queries about a village or location you could try posting it on to Curious Fox, and sit back and wait. It is a village by village contact site for anyone researching family history, genealogy and local history in the UK and Ireland.
_ Useful Web sites
British Association for Local History aims to encourage and assist the study of Local History as an academic discipline and as a rewarding leisure pursuit for both individuals and groups.
Like tracemyhouse.com Hidden House History helps you to unlock the real stories within your home.
An excellent website is British History Online which provides a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
Open learn has a section on house history
The BBC has a useful section on Using Written Archives to Discover the History of your House
If you live in London and you want your house history traced try here traced try Your history London
The Archives Then and Now is John West's website, in which he looks at the web as a source for researching local history. This is a must-visit site for local historians.
The BBC's history pages provides access to a huge, diverse amount of historical information.
Channel 4 also has a number of websites for its historical programmes.
In Search of Scotland is a complementary site to the BBC's new series exploring the history of Scotland.
Also Scotland History is a guide to Scottish history resources.
History.uk.com, which describes itself as 'the world's largest free-to-use database of British history'. And has interesting articles on house histories.
PastPlaces is a major global resource for finding or listing information, memories, and stories, of people, past places, past times, houses, homes, friends, family, ancestors, communities, towns, cities, streets, history and events.
Past places also contains a list of the websites members houses and homes
A totally free-to-use and non-profit making enormous British website is the PastTimesProject which incorporates 7 completely different huge component sections including sharing memories, finding lost ancestors or friends, sharing the best heritage sites to visit, in which members from around the world interact in real time.
My Old House helps you share memories of your house with other people. It's free to register.
Country House Reader is an excellent blog site with very interesting articles and links
One place studies considers our ancestors in their physical and social context. By learning about your ancestors' neighbours and studying the historical environment and events, big and small, that took place within a village, you can gain a greater understanding of your own genealogy. Which is what Tracemyhouse is all about.
Notable abodes is a central, on-line, easily accessible resource for the history of houses, homes and places and the bio-geographical history of notable people throughout the ages and across the world.
Bridewell History Wall is not specifically about houses but is a fabulous example of a really great site. It looks good,is very interesting and an example of local history at work .They need your photos of just about anything or anyone associated with Norwich.
An American site but never the less useful is MyHouseHistory. net
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