A page with links to various properties which have served as family homes through the years, in different parts of the country and from different ages.
For many years I have taken an interest in the differing building styles around the country, not just between the rich and poor, but also of the building materials or stone used in different areas.
Whilst travelling across Britain, these differences become more pronounced, and which I experienced more than most, due to frequent house moves as a child, and visiting family and friends in different regions. A house move bought the excitement of exploring a new property. After marriage, I became even more interested in house design, when my husband and I, designed and built two houses of our own.
Since taking up family history research, I have found it interesting to discover how our ancestors lived within their homes. Amongst my ancestors there were few if any property owners, most were either tenants or lodgers, often sharing a few rooms with other families, or single lodgers.
Mill Lee, Bradfield. A limestone built farmhouse, typical of the area. With family connections from early 1700’s. Amazingly, I have two unrelated family branches living in this property at separate times.
Fair House Bradfield. Limestone built, seemingly somewhat grander farmhouse than Mill Lee. Family connections, late 1700’s- mid 1800’s
Nether House, Bradfield. Limestone farmhouse, age according to its information 1820’s.
52 Harrison Road. Sheffield Limestone front, brick back, within a terrace. 1886
162 Cranford Lane. Heston, Middlesex. 1930’s semi detached brick built and rendered house.
58 Damgate Street, Wymondham, Norfolk. 1700’s. Brick built ‘shop’ within a terrace.
Spring Cottage, Carbrooke.
8 North Drive, Ancaster, Lincolnshire. Bungalow built mid 1960’s.
Perhaps the neolithic Wiltshire ancestors had a hand in building Stone Henge!
Or maybe the Iron Age northern ancestors helped build the Fort, Carl Wark, in the Peak District.
Angela Weatherill 2021