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Offline Horsley2016

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Tracing changed house names
« on: Sunday 27 September 20 13:17 BST (UK) »
Hello all.

Could someone point me in the right direction where to look for property that has changed names? I'm trying to trace the Census records of a Victorian property but I suspect the property gained it's current name in the 60's.... so I'm stuck with a starting point. I have no names to help!

Thanks
M

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Re: Tracing changed house names
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 27 September 20 13:33 BST (UK) »
If you know the road or street that the property is on you can do an address search just for the street in the censuses, and the 1939 register, on Findmypast, then see if you can locate it.

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Re: Tracing changed house names
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 27 September 20 13:37 BST (UK) »
I was going to make the same suggestion as Stan.  Have you googled the name of the property to see what pops up?
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire


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Re: Tracing changed house names
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 27 September 20 13:42 BST (UK) »
Thanks Stan,

Itís on a main road - one thatís name has also changed over the years!  ::)

I was hoping a registry might exist where you could type in property name now and it would tell you what it used be called! Wishful thinking eh?!   ;)

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Re: Tracing changed house names
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 27 September 20 13:44 BST (UK) »
I was going to make the same suggestion as Stan.  Have you googled the name of the property to see what pops up?

Yes, I Googled in hope of a lead but nothing - nothing at all!! I do know the name of the family living there since the 1960ís but nothing before that!

I was wondering, as itís a rural home, if trying to find old maps might help? Again though, hard to know where to start.
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« Reply #5 on: Sunday 27 September 20 13:50 BST (UK) »
Okay, so how about focusing on the road name and seeing how far back its current name goes?  Do you have a place/county for the road name?
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: Tracing changed house names
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 27 September 20 13:56 BST (UK) »
Enter the address in the "Find by Place" box (top left):

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=6&lat=55.40600&lon=-1.71120&layers=6&right=BingHyb

You can change the map series - some maps show more detail than others. Some older properties have names marked on maps.

Also worth looking on old-maps:
https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/
(some of the maps have limited zoom function)

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Re: Tracing changed house names
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 27 September 20 14:33 BST (UK) »
I agree with all the above ideas and would have done exactly as Stan suggests to start off such a search but I remember trying to find a property in rural Sussex a while back and I used a nearby pub that I knew hadn't changed its name for three hundred odd years to orientate myself on the census and then went from there.

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Re: Tracing changed house names
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 27 September 20 14:44 BST (UK) »
As Liz says, once you have found it on a map, you can perhaps see if there is a pub/inn nearby to act as a datum point; you can follow the enumerator's route - this is on the first page of any census piece on Ancestry.

When you say Victorian, that's a long period! When was the house built?
Seeking: baptism Philip Murray Feb ish 1814 said to be nr Chatham Kent.
IRE: Kik DRAY[EA], PURCELL, WHITE: Mea LYNCH: Tip MURRAY, SHEEDY: Wem ALLEN, ENGLISHBY; Dub PENROSE: Lim DUNN[E], FRAWLEY, WILLIAMS.
87th Regiment RIF: MURRAY
ENG; Marylebone HAYTER, TROU[W]SDALE, WILLIAMS Con HAMPTON, TREMELLING Wry CLEGG, HOLLAND, HORSEFIELD Coventry McGINTY
CAN; Nova Scotia [Halifax, Pictou]: HOLLAND, WHITE, WILLIAMSON