RESEARCHING THE HISTORY OF A COUNTRY HOUSE


RESEARCHING THE HISTORY OF A COUNTRY HOUSE

RICHARD GOODENOUGH    Book Number: 74510    Product format: Paperback

The house historian is a detective, painstakingly piecing together clues and hints until they start to form a whole picture. In this invaluable guide to methods and resources, the author uses his own country house, Trimworth in Kent, as a case study. Like many country houses, Trimworth is the most recent house on an ancient site, and local archaeological evidence shows that the area was inhabited in the bronze and iron ages. The house itself is a document, although the researcher needs to be aware that over-reliance on architectural evidence has pitfalls, for instance a rebuild in a retrospective style or one using salvaged materials can be very misleading. The present Trimworth appears to have started life as a medieval hall-house, and was substantially rebuilt in the 17th century. Written records include place names, Anglo-Saxon charters, the Domesday book, chancery rolls, post-mortem records and parish registers. The author has a table showing the dateline for major sources: for instance, rates were first levied around 1500, fire insurance records started in 1680, and telephone directories were first produced in the 1880s. Maps, plans and surveys are an important resource, with the Ordnance Survey starting at the beginning of the 19th century and tithe maps, railway maps and sewer records following soon after. 164pp, numerous black and white photos, maps, glossary, resources list.
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