Get started with house history
Thinking about doing some research into the past of your house? Our guide will give you some pointers.
Where to start
Our house history guide gives information on the type of records you can use to search for the history of your house at Dorset History Centre.
Before you start it is important to know that:
you are likely to find out more about the people who lived in the house and the area than you are about the building itself. Records of construction are scarce, so don't expect to be able to pinpoint the exact construction date of the house
it is often useful to have access to any deeds for the property as a starting point. These may be held by your building society, bank or solicitor
Where to look
There is a wide range of documents you could use whilst researching the history of a building. Find out more about how to use them in our house history guide.
maps and Surveys: Ordnance Survey, Tithe maps, enclosure maps and estate maps, surveys and rentals
records of buying and selling: title deeds, sales particulars, and trade directories
death and taxes: Census returns, Land tax records, wills and inventories
rate books: rate books, planning records, Alehouse Recognisances
Good luck in your research and don't hesitate to contact us if you need some help.