How to find out when your house was built

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Finding out more about your home’s history gives you a better understanding of its worth (Picture: Getty)

There’s no place like home, but have you ever really stopped and thought about the history of your house?

With plenty of Victorian, Edwardian and other old buildings still standing, the UK is home to many buildings with long histories.

Finding out just when your house or flat was built is the first step to learning about its history, and can help you work out accurate property prices and what sort of maintenance issues you could be looking at down the line.

But how do you find out how old a building is?

How to find out the age of your home

London tower block
Many blocks of flats in London were built as far back as the 1960s and 1970s (Picture: Getty)

If you’re moving into a new home, asking a seller or an estate agent is the safest bet for a direct answer.

However, if you’ve been in your home for a while, there are other ways to find out.

You can ask a mortgage provider or a solicitor who did conveyance work for the info as they may have a copy of your deeds.

A row of houses
Could your house be older than you thought? (Picture: Getty)

The HM Land Registry also charges between £3 and £9 to give you a comprehensive break-down of your house’s history.

Or you can turn detective. If you think your house was built before 1862, you can search for it on the Government’s online archives of the 1862 Land Register.

Local councils also have lots of archive material on how the area came to be how it is today, and you can search for the relevant council.

The Barbican buildings
The famous Barbican buildings in London, built in the 1960s and 1980s by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon (Picture: Getty)

You can also contact your local history society and ask about your home, as they are likely to know a lot about your area.

Another website, Old Maps, is a good way of determining when your house was built.

The site has collected together every map that’s been recorded officially around the UK over the years and clearly shows when houses appear.

All you need to do is enter your postcode.

A cottage with a thatched roof.
The UK is full of old properties that have been revamped and repurposed over the years (Picture: RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)

If all else fails, you can ask your neighbours or the local shopkeepers who may have some information you don’t.

Because of bombings in the Second World War, your house may look different from others in the area.

The National Archives, based in Kew, London, have a record of all the bombings that happened which can either be browsed online or viewed at their headquarters.

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