Montana’s Best Houses

Butte, Montana – known as the Richest Hill On Earth – was one of the great mining towns of the American West. By 1900 it was a riotous community of nearly 100,000 miners and entrepreneurs of every nationality, and they built their city on the side of a mountain honeycombed with gold and copper mines.  During the boom years between 1888 and 1910 the west side of town...

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The Valuation Office Survey

The Valuation Office survey, often known as the Lloyd George Domesday, was created after the 1910 Finance Act and was a property tax which was aimed at raising funds for the Inland Revenue; the records are now at The National Archives, Kew – and are a hidden gem for property historians, mainly because they combine maps and field books to give intricate detail about the...

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Tithe Apportionments

Tithes in England and Wales were originally payments in kind of a tenth of the annual produce of land by way of crops and animals, payable to either the parson of the parish, or an entitled lay person, or both. By the 1830s tithes were highly unpopular amongst rural landowners, as they did not reflect the changing social and economic conditions of the dawning industrial...

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Free Grand Designs Live Tickets

Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert website has 10,000 free tickets to Grand Designs Live at ExCeL in London for dates between Tuesday 7 May and Sunday 12 May 2013. Tickets must be booked before Sunday 14 April (or before they’re all snapped up). Click on this link to find out more. The House Detectives will be among 500 exhibitors at Grand Designs Live 2013, which...

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Easter Discount for Cambridgeshire Residents

The House Detectives will be in Cambridgeshire next week – if you own a property in the county and would like to find out all about its history, we’re offering Cambridgeshire residents a further 10% discount off our Spring Sale prices for all house history books commissioned before 3pm on Tuesday 2nd April 2013. Discover the people who have lived in your home over...

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Latest Blue Plaque

News just in from English Heritage: On the 80th anniversary of the first public appearance of his Tube map design and the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, Harry Beck (1902-1974) is commemorated today with an English Heritage blue plaque at his birthplace, 14 Wesley Road, Leyton, E10. Beck was born in Leyton, the son of Joshua and Eleanor Beck, who themselves...

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Grand Designs Live Offer

Meet The House Detectives at Grand Designs Live  The team will be exhibiting at ExCeL, London, E16 1XL between 4 – 12 May 2013, so come and say hello to us on stand B32. Grand Designs Live is the UK’s top contemporary home show. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, and based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series, the show offers visitors a unique opportunity to...

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Introducing Our New Book Design

The House Detectives have had lots of fun this week designing a brand new layout for our house history books. We’ve settled on a flexible format that can be adjusted to suit each home owner’s taste, so we can offer a range of colour schemes and font styles. These super-glossy hardback books are up to 100 pages long, full of beautiful old photographs and...

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The Ordnance Survey map

One of the first ports of call for any investigation into the history of a historic house is that wonderful British institution – the Ordnance Survey map.  We have the threat of impending invasion from Revolutionary France to thank for this helpful resource.  The government of the late eighteenth century recognized the need for accurate maps to aid in the effective...

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Sixteenth century land survey

A team of Kent Archaeological Society volunteers has transcribed and published on-line a rare sixteenth century land survey which details a substantial 6,000 acre estate which spanned the county. The Wotton family’s estate comprised 67 manors in more than 30 parishes – one the largest estates in Tudor Kent. The entire estate was surveyed between 1557 and 1560 and...

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