During the 19th century Chiswick House fell into decline, and was rented out by the Cavendish family. It was at this time that the government of Lloyd George instituted the property survey in which we find that the copyholder is Dr Thomas Seymour Tuke, the licensee of a private "lunatic asylum" (mental hospital). In 1929, the 9th Duke of Devonshire sold Chiswick House to Middlesex County Council, and it then became a fire station for a while during the Second World War. The villa suffered some damage during that war, and in 1944 a V-2 rocket damaged one of the two wings. The wings of the house were then demolished in 1956 and we can see this change by using the Map Explorer™ to view the footprint of Chiswick House. Continue reading...

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Hounslow Lloyd George Domesday Records Released 7th August 2020

We have just released the records of over 33,000 individuals for the Hounslow area into our property ownership and occupancy record set: The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This is a unique online resource that includes maps and field books and gives researchers the ability to discover where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period. By making use of our powerful Map Explorer™, you can see how the landscape where your ancestor lived or worked changed over time.

The Lloyd George Domesday Survey plans include plots for the exact properties and are married to various georeferenced historic map overlays and modern base maps on the Map Explorer™. With this resource, the researcher is able to thoroughly investigate the area in which an ancestor lived.

  • Link individual properties to extremely detailed maps used in 1910-1915
  • Fully searchable by name, county, parish and street
  • The maps will zoom down to show the individual properties as they were in the 1910s
  • The transparency slider reveals a modern street map underlay
  • Change the base map displayed to more clearly understand what the area looks like today

Hounslow records cover the areas of Bedfont, Chiswick, Cranford, Feltham, Hanworth, Heston, Isleworth, New Brentford and Old Brentford.

Read our article to see how Chiswick House (featured in the release) became a 'Lunatic Asylum' before the First World War and a Fire Station in World War 2.

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During the 19th century Chiswick House fell into decline, and was rented out by the Cavendish family. It was at this time that the government of Lloyd George instituted the property survey in which we find that the copyholder is Dr Thomas Seymour Tuke, the licensee of a private "lunatic asylum" (mental hospital). In 1929, the 9th Duke of Devonshire sold Chiswick House to Middlesex County Council, and it then became a fire station for a while during the Second World War. The villa suffered some damage during that war, and in 1944 a V-2 rocket damaged one of the two wings. The wings of the house were then demolished in 1956 and we can see this change by using the Map Explorer™ to view the footprint of Chiswick House. Continue reading...

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"The street search tool for census records is superb."
Nick - Navigation
"Trees are quick and easy to build on the site, and the results are particularly visually attractive."
Jenny - Family Tree Builder
"In TreeView, the ability to expand or reduce the image is excellent."
Alan - Family Tree Builder
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Adam Rees, Editor - Your Family Tree Magazine

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