Visual clues can help you find the age of your house
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Once you start to examine your house you will find there are clues which could help you decide how old it is. The most obvious clues may lie in its former life. For instance is it a converted house which was once a chapel, pub, school, even toll gate or estate house? Of course there may also be an “erected date” somewhere on the building, or a previous house name carved into the stone work.
If however, like so many homes it has no obvious clue to a former history, take a good look at the architectural style and features on the outside and inside of the house.
Pay particular attention to the form of construction of the original building. What materials were used and look at the roof and position of the windows? On the right there are links to houses built at various times. Look through these and see if you can narrow down the age of your house.
Some examples of architectural styles
Architectural House styles
When examining the various house styles on this site remember that houses are designed and built by people who will often draw on previous eras for their inspiration.
A new era does not therefore herald a complete set of new design rules. Look around at previous styles. Also the key features we describe are a menu of styles from which you can look for the predominate set that match your house. Remember that there will be variations based upon regional availability of materials.