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If the title deeds to your house are not in your possession, they may be with your solicitor or mortgage company. The Law of Property Act 1925 limited the need for evidence of title to 30 years.Older deeds may however have survived in a repository as part of a deposited solicitor’s collection or collection of family and estate papers.Documents known as Valuation Office field books (see below for more on these) contain descriptions of more than nine million individual houses, farms and other properties in England and Wales, detailing the use and value of land and buildings, and naming their owners and occupiers.The way to find a specific field book is to first find the respective survey plan, an annotated Ordnance Survey map sheet.Consult our guide to records of the Valuation Office survey for advice on how to do this.
The online index maps provide references to the original survey plans (maps) which in turn serve as an index to the Valuation Office field books.
Where an address search is not available, browse the census street indexes on Your Archives (now only available in our web archive) to find the relevant document reference and search the relevant census website with that reference. Between 19 the Valuation Office carried out a survey to determine the value of land for tax purposes.