How you can research your home’s history using records dating back 700 years

Clare Brown, recording assistant at the North Yorkshire County Record Office, with some of the historic maps that will feature in the exhibition

North Yorkshire residents can delve into the history of their home with a new exhibit at Northallerton.

Fascinating insight into the history of homes across the county is made available to the public through records dating back almost 700 years.

Home history research comes second only to family history when it comes to topics on which staff at the North Yorkshire County Records Office are interviewed.

To help anyone curious to find out more about their home – and perhaps spark new interest – the County Record Office is hosting an exhibition and launching an online guide that will show people the resources available locally to help them learn more about their home.

The exhibition is not about exploring the history of a specific house, but about guiding people in their own search to learn more about their own house.

This can be a complex study, and the records office resources that will be relevant depend on the age and location of the house.

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Margaret Boustead, Head of Archives and Records Management, said: “Everyone’s home is unique and each home will have its own story to tell.

“This exhibition is not about country houses or elite residences, but about everyday homes and what people might discover about them.”

The exhibit highlights resources people can use to discover the fascinating history of their home and the people who once lived there.

Clare Brown, recording assistant at the North Yorkshire County Record Office, with a 19th century plan of the Reverend Whaley’s estate at Askrigg, showing the houses in the town

Items from the archives spanning seven centuries, from the early 1300s to the 1970s, will be on display, including historical maps, architectural drawings, old photographs and title deeds.

This includes a series of maps tracing 250 years of development of the village of Alne, near Easingwold.

A map of Fingall, between Bedale and Leyburn, from 1627 includes the names of the inhabitants of each house, and a bird’s eye view of Richmond from 1724 shows the houses in the town.

A later map from 1773, which numbers each house, can be cross-referenced with numbers in an associated burgage book revealing who lived in each house.

The exhibition opened at the County Record Office in Malpas Road, Northallerton on Tuesday (11 October) and will run until Tuesday 31 January, except between 24 December and 2 January inclusive.

It is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free and no reservation is required.

There will also be walk-in sessions on Monday, October 31 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 9 from 4-6 p.m. where archivists will be available to answer questions.

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