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Tracing the History of Your House: The Building, the People, the Past [Paperback]

Nick Barratt
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1 Feb 2006
This guide to researching the history of a house, old or new, is for anyone who is interested in historical properties, from their own house to stately homes. It explains how to explore the many sources of information available to the amateur house detective, including the three great land surveys of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the records of the Land Registry, and conveyancing documents. For the more advanced researcher tax and manorial documents provide records of properties dating back to the medieval period. More modern dwellings can be studied through building plans, local directories, electoral lists and rate books. Use this guide to put together the fascinating story of your home, including who built it and when, details of previous occupants and even clues to their choice of interior decoration! This edition is fully updated and expanded throughout, including: new coverage of local sources nationwide; improved material on modern sources; a new chapter on interpreting architectural and interior features; new case studies including Walcot Square which features on the book's cover.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: PRO Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903365902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903365908
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Nick Barratt obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996. Nick started work in television whilst working at the BBC as a specialist archive researcher. He is also in demand as a speaker on popular history and geneology following his work as a presenter, reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, notably family history. for the BBC on Who Do You Think You Are. He has worked with a variety of companies, celebrities and TV presenters often compiling their family history including Richard Bacon, Richard Hammond, Victoria Beckham and Catherine Zeta Jones, Nick also writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph called 'The Family Detective'.

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'This is one of those classic guides you'll appreciate having on your shelves.' -- Your Family Tree Magazine, May 2006

About the Author

Dr. Nick Barratt is a medieval, local and family historian who is increasingly involved in the media: his roles have included consultant to BBC's 'House Detectives' and project historian on the History Channel's 'Family History Project'. In autumn 2004 he appeared weekly on BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?', which attracted an average of four million viewers. Formerly an adviser to researchers at the Public Record Office, Nick is a well-known speaker on the family history circuit, and also writes widely for the genealogical press including Ancestors magazine.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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A bit disappointed as was not an easy read. Full of detail but not as clear as 'How to Research your House' by Pamela Brooks which has far more photos and help with resources.
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I had mislaid my previous purchase of a tracing your house history book (which I've since found) and saw this particular book advertised at a bargain price. I couldn't complain about value-for-money, as it didn't cost much more than the postage!

Although it sets out in a logical way, the various sources you can use to trace the history of your house, I found the layout and boring presentation rather dissapointing. I guess I was attracted by the author being Nick Barratt and assumed it would 'appear' more interesting than it did, with virtually no colour and little in the way of documents to illustrate this fascinating research. (I would personally recommend: Collins - Tracing Your Home's History by Anthony Adolph, which I would give a 5* BEST BUY to).

This book, which was described as being in VERY GOOD condition, arrived with coffee stains all over the front cover (which I was able to clean off) and the spine being damaged at one end, although the book once opened, looked absolutely brand new.
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