The other day we finally received the deeds to the house.  The pile of documents is really thick and dates all the activity since the land was purchased in the 1860s.  The hand written documents with their official seals and hand drawn maps were the most impressive and we spent a couple of hours going through them all and trying to picture the individuals behind all the documents.  When we have a bit more time I’d love to do some more research and find out the history of some of the previous occupants.  In the meantime, the documents show that when the land was just farmland there were two large houses by the main road and so we’re going to see if they are still there.  I’m not holding out much hope as I don’t recognise them but it would be great if they were.


About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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