To kick-start the year in style and provide our beloved members with some brand new records, we have launched the London, England, Land Tax Valuations from 1910. Having just a few ancestors who briefly spent time in London, the collection didn’t hold instant appeal for me but as I was going through the records last week before they officially launched on our site, I came to recognise and appreciate the beauty of these documents. In spite of not being directly relevant to my ancestors, the collection depicts life at the start of the 20th century, helping create a fuller and richer mental image of our capital during my great grandparents’ lifetime.
The records include properties and famous landmarks that I often pass by when travelling through London, enabling me to look at them through fresh eyes. I now know that little bit more about these places, including how much they were worth at the time, their origins, and who used to live there.
For these reasons I urge you to take a look through our records, whether it’s to search for a London-based ancestor in 1910 or to enrich your knowledge of our great capital, where each street, building and brick has a story to tell.
Finally, please remember to share your findings with us here on the blog.
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