How Can I Find Out When My House Was Built?

Want to find out how old your house is or when it was built? There are many ways to find the age of your property.

One easy way is to look at the architecture of the house. Look for indicators such as:

  • Style of the doors
  • Architraves around the doors
  • Windows and roof
  • Type of construction

Take the quiz

1. Is your property a

Converted flat
Purpose built flat
House
Bungalow

2. Where is the property?

Scotland
Wales
London
South East
South West
North East
North West
Midlands
N. Ireland

3. Are the window frames

Double glazed
Wooden sash
Metal frames
Wooden casement

4. Are the walls

Brick
Rendered
Concrete
Stone

5. What is the roof made of?

Tile
Slate
Flat
Stone
Thatch

6. When do you think your property was built?

Pre 1800
1800 to 1850
1850 to 1900
1900 to 1935
1935 to 1955
1955 to 1965
1965 to 1980
1980 to 2000
2000 to present

7. Which property looks the most like yours?

8. Which internal doors look most like yours?

None of the above

9. Is there a chimney?

Yes
No

10. Does your property have any of these features, click all that apply

Picture rail
Artexed ceilings
Parquet flooring
Bay windows
Shutters
Stained glass
Attic rooms
Integral garage
Basement
Coal store
Tiled front step
Plaster arch in hall
Dado rail
Beams

Other Ways To Find Out How Old Your House Is

  • 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.

You could also look on old-maps.co.uk which can give you a rough indicator or when your house might have been constructed, it is an archive of old maps and you may be able to see when your house first appears on this.

When Was My House Built?

Property expert Jonathan Rolande from House Buy Fast talks about finding out when your house was built, in the video below.

How To Find Out When Your House Was Built

Jonathan Rolande from House Buy Fast answers the common question, how can I find out when my house was build?

Video Transcription

It's a very interesting subject, a lot of us want to know when our property were build and the history of the property, and of course you are often asked by people like the insurers for the age.

There are lots and lots of clues you can look for, from the style of doors and architraves around the doors, skirting boards, windows, roof, construction, etc, etc.

If you know what you're looking for it's quite easy to date a property, however if you don't know the clues to look for then you can always check the deeds, that would generally show when the property was constructed.

You will see deeds going right back to when the property wasn't there, when it was just perhaps a farmers field, or something like that.

Then it changes hands and you'll see that eventually the house is build.

Remember the majority of building was carried out in Victorian times up to about 1901 and then there were gaps in the two World Wars, 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945, almost no properties build then.

So, your house is unlikely to be built in the period.

If you want specific advice on it, ask a local estate agent or surveyor and they should give you all the clues that you need.

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