Historic

Service and sacrifice: HM Land Registry staff in WW1

Land Registry memorial

Britain’s declaration of war on Germany on 4 August 1914 brought a united response from HM Land Registry’s staff. Chief Land Registrar Sir Charles Fortescue Brickdale recorded how: “while enlistment was voluntary, every man of military age applied for and obtained leave to volunteer for active service. “Afterwards, when the age limits were extended, there…

The whole 10 yards

Goal-line technology

The Brazilian World Cup is giving a debut to both goal-line technology (to aid refereeing decisions about whether the ball has crossed the line) and a special vanishing spray to make sure that defensive walls are stood 9.15m (10 yards) from a free kick. Those of you who watched the France v Honduras game will know though…

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HM Land Registry and the first FA Cup Final

Royal Engineers football team 1872

Tomorrow, Saturday 17 May, sees the 133rd FA Cup Final, the oldest football competition in the world. It is a world away from 16 March 1872 when a crowd of 2,000 saw the Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers 1-0 in the first final. What few people know is the Land Registry’s links to that final.

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Stepping into history

HM Land Registry has published documents that have not been seen by the public before. The newly released 1862 Act Registers files contained in the Instrument Books, were often supplied to support land and property registration applications.

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