One of our recent projects was all about helping you to find out about the history of your own house. If you live in one of Datchet’s very old houses you may find that Janet Kennish has already researched the history of the building and the people who have lived in it, and that it is already on Datchet History website.
But most houses built from Victorian times to the present have not yet been researched and Datchet Village Society would like to help you discover the history of your own house. You could find out who has lived there before you, how the house has changed, and what was there before it was built. We’re hoping your research will help to build a detailed picture of how the village has developed in more recent times.
Join the group
If you’d like to join the group, which is free for all DVS members, please click here to get in touch
Where to start
There are many sources of information you can use.
Old Maps can show what was there before your road was developed and your house was built, what the land was used for then, and perhaps who owned it. The wonderful 1868 map, which was donated recently to the DVS, has been photographed in sections and posted on the Datchet History website here: http://datchethistory.org.uk/historical-maps/ The photos are very clear and you can zoom in to the fine detail, although you may find that your house or road is not there because the great Victorian development had not yet begun. You’ll also find the complete 1833 enclosure map there, the earliest detailed one of Datchet and equally zoomable. More to come soon!
Electoral Rolls and Street Directories can show who lived in your house in recent years; if it was built before 1911 the Censuses can tell you details about whole families and are now free to search online from 1841 to 1911.
Using Geneology Websites you may be able to follow up the lives and occupations of families who once lived in your house.
You may be lucky enough to have, or to discover, the Title Deeds of your house, or even old photographs, which are often hard to find
At the DVS we can offer help with finding and using these documents and more, and could use your research to build up a picture of how Datchet developed in more recent times, as Janet has done for earlier periods.
Let us know if you are interested in this project and we can start to make advice and resources available. It may be that several people in the same area or road can work together and share information on similar houses.