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When was my house built?

How can I find out when was my house built?

Asked on Jan 10 2017, General in Coventry | Report content

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  • Hi - You may be able to find this information on your Title Deed (using the date of the first transfer or lease by the original builder) or the Land Registry digital archives. Failing that: - A local surveyor may be able to inform you; - Check the "Property Information Form" during the last sales process; - Your local council may be able to let you know when planning was initially granted; or - Talk to the local library/history society who should be able to check census data dating back to the 19th century.

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    Answered on Jan 12 2017, Report content
  • First, why do you need to know? If it is to answer a question on say an insurance proposal form then you certainly don't need an exact year. If it's older than 10–20 years then ± a decade will be good enough. Most people could give you a reasonable guess to within a few decades just by looking at it. If it was recently built then the planning records of the local authority will show near enough when. Local Planning Dept will have records online, some are easier to search than others and they vary in how much of old records have been digitised but that should take you back 25 years or more. If there is nothing for your particular house, applications for similar adjacent properties may include some history in the 'design and access statement'. For older properties, look at the series of old OS maps at: If the property appears on the oldest (c1870) OS map then it is may well be listed, in which case look at the descriptions for the listing. The English Heritage site is useless for searches so try:

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    Answered on Jan 12 2017, Report content
  • Hi Nori, Check with the solicitor you used when buying the property, they may have kept a copy. If you have a mortgage, your survey may say how old the building is. Your local authority may have further details about when planning permission was granted. Ask neighbours in the same sort of properties if they know the age of their house. Check the property deeds for further information about when the house was constructed. If you have lost the deeds to your property you should inquire with the land registry to get a new copy of them. Good luck, Jonathan :-)

    Answered on Jan 13 2017, Report content

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