Have you ever wondered how old your house is and who may have lived there in the past but don’t have the time or expertise to find out more? A house history can provide a fascinating insight into the story of your house, recording when it may have originally been built, what changes may have subsequently been made and uncovering information about the people who have also called it home. For the vast majority of older buildings, irrespective of size, there will be a range of records such as title deeds, electoral registers, tax records and wills which can provide information about its owners and occupiers. Old large scale maps often survive which will show your house and it may even feature in old photographs.
A house history makes an unusual gift that will be treasured for years. It can also serve as an aid to selling your house when the time comes.
As a professionally qualified Architectural and Family Historian, Cathy has the expertise and experience to provide a lasting record of your house.
The History can be tailored to your own particular requirements but typical reports comprise three components:-
? the local and social history of the locality to provide context to events impacting on the history of the house
? the architectural character of the house, noting where possible the age of the building and alterations subsequently made
? details of the past owners and occupants
A professionally produced detailed report in a presentation folder or bound book will be prepared, containing all the findings. It will be fully sourced and illustrated with photographs and copies of original documents.
Completing a house history will be different for each individual house and the contents of the report related to your home will be reliant on available original resources which can vary considerably. For earlier properties, it may not be possible to pinpoint the exact date of build but an estimate can be provided. The cost of producing a house history will depend on the age of the property and the number of records available but a price can be agreed at the outset. If preferred, a less elaborate report can be prepared which would still include the key components but may not be as detailed in content.