Dating an old house
An analysis of these results in the context of the economic and social changes of the sixteenth century by Richard Suggett and members of the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group will be published by the Royal Commission in autumn 2014.
Many period homeowners are interested in learning the history of their building, but it can seem a daunting task when you aren’t sure where to start.
If you live in a listed building you will likely already have gleaned some basic information from the list description which gives the best estimate of the date of your house as well as indicating why it is listed.
However, list descriptions can be very brief and it is worth remembering that most listed buildings were not surveyed extensively externally, or usually at all inside, at the time of listing.
Style should not be the only factor in determining a building’s age.
At a national level , containing millions of photos and thousands of measured surveys, is a good place to find details on your home if it is included.Also, most historic buildings evolve over time as the owner’s needs and expectations change.New features such as When trying to establish a date for a property from primary sources it is often easiest to work backwards.However, period features must always be appropriate to the home.Knowing what windows, doors and other architectural features are authentic is therefore very important.