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Buying and Selling Property

Cottages auction poster, 1872

The oldest document in the Berkshire Record Office (BRO) is a title deed.  Over the years, many solicitors or purchasers have registered their property with the Land Registry, then handed over the old deeds to us.  Deeds do not just tell you when a property changed hands: they give you names and addresses for all the parties to a sale or lease, the sum of money that changed hands, and a description of the property.  This is good not just for usage but can also give you old street or field names.

Similarly, we hold a good number of sale catalogues.  These are the forerunners of the estate agents' particulars that we use today to tell us what we would get for our money.  Sale catalogues are mostly 19th and 20th century in date.

Please contact the BRO direct if you are interested in a particular property.


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