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Shropshire Archives reopens in a phased way from Wednesday 29 July

House history searches

Finding out about the history of your house and who lived in it is exciting! However, research can be a complex (and time consuming) process.

By researching the history of a property you often find information about the changing fortunes of families who have lived there and the development or decline of the surrounding area. Properties may have had different uses; previously been a shop, pub or converted from agricultural buildings. They might have been sub-divided or extended.

Shropshire Archived holds a variety of documents such as maps, building control applications, trade directories, estate surveys and insurance records. All or some of these documents may add elements to the story of a house.

If you ask us to carry out research into your house, we will initially provide you with a summary of evidence found in documents at Shropshire Archives and online sources such as the census. This will usually cover the most recent available records and work backwards. The report will include copies of relevant documents and a list of the records that were consulted. You can purchase higher resolution copies of maps and documents from our reprographics department. Any further avenues of research will be indicated and we will outline the likely time this would require. Please note obtaining a precise construction date of an old building is often impossible. Pre-Victorian documentary sources rarely give a precise date of construction.

Costs: £40 an hour – two hour minimum.

Timescale: We generally have a 4 week waiting time for house histories. Once you’ve made a house history search request, we will get back to you to confirm costs and the current waiting time.

Further information: Use the online form to request a house history search. Please give the address/postcode of your property and our researcher will get back to you and confirm timescales and check what information already know. You will need to register on our website to use the online form. If you want further advice, please email [email protected]

House history courses

We also run very popular courses for beginners in researching their own house history. Contact Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery if you’d like to be added to a waiting list for the next course: [email protected]