In this brief blog we are going to discuss the question “when was my house built?”.There are many ways to find out when your house was built.

A lot of people may be wondering  When was my house built? How old is my house? How can I find out when my house was built? Can I do a free land registry search to find out about previous owners? Is there anywhere else I can get free information about my property?

The good news is to find out when your house was built there are a variety of things you can do and places you can search to find out when your house was built. 

How do I find out when my house was built?

To find out when your house was built you can go to the county recorder’s office or on the county offices online website to check for the records on when your house was built. The local council or county office should have records for the deeds of your property which you can look at. Alternatively, you can check with the land registry. 

How can you find out how old a house is?

You can find out how old your house is by searching the properties recorded in the 1862 Act register. This is a good way to find out how old a house is if the house is a much older property. You can also check the local archives at your local council or records such as parish records, county record offices or your local library. You may also be able to look at census returns made at ten-year intervals between 1841 and 1911 to see when your address was first mentioned.

How do I find out who has lived in my house?

You can find out who lived in your house by searching the census records, the housing records and the local library archives.

The housing records

You can request the records for your property through the county website or at the county office. This record should provide a list of names for people who have lived in your house.

The census records

The census records which were carried out every ten-year interval should have all the information on your property including who has lived in your property.

Library archives

The library may also contain archives on who lived in a particular property. This could be through very old phone books etc.

When was my house built?

There are a few ways to find out when your house was built:

You can check the 1862 act registry

Get a property survey

Ask your local planning office.

Visit your local county office and check the property data

Go to your local library for archives such as phone book archives

Look at the architectural style and features of the house, particularly the roof and position of windows.

Check Historic England which provides information on estimating the age of your property.

Check your parish records, county record offices or your local library which may have local archives.

Check historical editions of Ordnance Survey maps.

Look at census returns made at ten-year intervals between 1841 and 1911 to find a first mention of the address.

Check Land Registry to discover ‘when was my house built’

You can use the land registry’s website to get data on when your house was built. The land registry will charge you some money to view the information about your property and when it was bought.

 how much is a wealth of property information available on the Land Registry website.  For a small charge you can find out who owns a property and other information about the house history.

Check HM Land registry

The Land Registry may have an idea of when your house was built if the developer who sold it was the one who built it. This can allow you to calculate the approximate age of your house.

Ask your neighbours

It may also be possible that someone has already asked the question “when was my house built” and it just might be your neighbour. Asking around to see if any of your neighbours know when their house was built or when yours was built could be an easy way to find an approximated date which you can then research further on.

Get A Property Survey

A property survey is a very good way to find out when your house was built. Most surveys will carry out an “age check” on the property to determine its age. This is important to the mortgage lender as well as the home insurance provider.

Go to your local planning office

The local planning office may already have information on when your house was built as this may have been registered which may indicate when the house was originally built. The planning office may also hold information on the first planning permission changes which were requested for the property which may also let you know when the house was built.

Check The 1862 Act Register

The 1862 may have information on when your house was first built. The register contains about two thousand homes which were recorded. These homes were built before 1862.

Check the census data

Using the census data to see where a property first appeared on the census data may also give you an indication of when your house was built.

Check tax records

Checking tax records may also reveal when a property was built. There is no guarantee this  may work but property tax records should contain all the records of a house as well as the valuation of the house. If a property suddenly rises in value then this may indicate its first construction or first renovation

Look at your homes architecture

Your home’s architecture could also let you know when your home was built. Things such as the windows, skirting boards and doors could give a good indication of what era a home was built in as there has been a new wave of style over the years. 

This is not the most reliable way to determine the age of a house and in the same way, the different building materials and styles went out of fashion gradually in the UK. This means something may have been out of fashion 10 years earlier in London than it would have been in Manchester.

Look at your deeds

Your property deeds could also let you know when your house was built as it may contain information suchas the date the house was built or give a rough ideas of when this could have been.If, for whatever reason, you don’t have your deeds, you can request a copy here.

In this blog we answered the question “when was my house built”. If you have any further questions then let us know in the comments.

John Bate

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.