Dating old welsh houses
Where an address search is not available, browse the census street indexes on Your Archives (now only available in our web archive) to find the relevant document reference and search the relevant census website with that reference. Between 19 the Valuation Office carried out a survey to determine the value of land for tax purposes.
The ‘field books’ from the survey contain the names of property owners and occupiers, details of tenancy and the value and area covered by the property.
Most of the recommended publications below are available at The National Archives’ Library.
You can also visit the National Archives’ bookshop for a range of publications on the history of your house.
Search by place on our Find an archive page to find contact details for local archives.
The 1910 Valuation Office Survey was a review of the value of land and property across the country.
If the title deeds to your house are not in your possession, they may be with your solicitor or mortgage company. The Law of Property Act 1925 limited the need for evidence of title to 30 years.
Language has played a significant role in contributing to the sense of unity felt by the Welsh; more than the other Celtic languages, Welsh has maintained a significant number of speakers.
Wales is surrounded by water on three sides: to the north, the Irish Sea; to the south, the Bristol Channel; and to the west, Saint George's Channel and Cardigan Bay.
The English counties of Cheshire, Shropshire, Hereford, Worcester, and Gloucestershire border Wales on the east.
Welsh intellectuals in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries wrote extensively on the subject of Welsh culture, promoting the language as the key to preserving national identity.
Welsh literature, poetry, and music flourished in the nineteenth century as literacy rates and the availability of printed material increased.
The best place to start researching the history of a house, its occupants and the surrounding area is in a local archive.