As some of you will know we are hoping to move from our cottage (which is actually 2 cottages that have been joined. I went to the bank today and took out the deeds that have been in safe deposit there for many years. They are totally fascinating, some dating back to 1829 on some sort of vellum. The parties to the deal then could not write and just made their mark. Seeing the history of the cottages and the old maps is fascinating - and the fact that it cost about a fiver!
When our property was registered recently. we kept our deeds rather than putting them back in store. They are fascinating, the site of our house having been a brewery, fever hospital and silk factory. over a couple of centuries.
When we paid off the mortgage on our previous house, we received the deeds and spent an interesting evening looking through them....until we got to the owners before the ones we bought it from. There was a death certificate included for the wife. She had committed suicide.
DD3 had been firmly maintaining since she was about 8 that there there was a ghost in the house. By this time the children had all left home. We moved from there a few years later and only then did we reveal the story to our children. DD3 was still convinced she was right....and maybe she was
It is also interesting to see the jobs of the people who have lived here: labourer, vicar, cooper, tractor driver. There is also a moment when typewriters were invented and the bills of sale ceased to be in illegible script. And there is a document detailing the arrival of electricity to the building. Also on the maps included are details of the Knights Templar farm area - where the walls are buried all around here. Quite fascinating.