Dating historic houses
Where an address search is not available, browse the census street indexes on Your Archives (now only available in our web archive) to find the relevant document reference and search the relevant census website with that reference. Between 19 the Valuation Office carried out a survey to determine the value of land for tax purposes.
The ‘field books’ from the survey contain the names of property owners and occupiers, details of tenancy and the value and area covered by the property.
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To find a Valuation Office Survey plan for a particular area use our Valuation Office Survey map finder and search for a plan by county, town, village or London borough.
The online index maps provide references to the original survey plans (maps) which in turn serve as an index to the Valuation Office field books.
The best place to start researching the history of a house, its occupants and the surrounding area is in a local archive.
Search Discovery, our Many local record offices have collections of building plans from the mid-19 century providing evidence of how buildings might have looked when new.
Search by place on our Find an archive page to find contact details for local archives.
The 1910 Valuation Office Survey was a review of the value of land and property across the country.
Consult our guide to records of the Valuation Office survey for more details and advice.
Search by address on the census to find out who was living there.