1862 Act Registers

1862 Act Registers

HM Land Registry recently published a series of files that had not been seen by the public before. The 1862 Act Registers files contained in the Instrument Books were often supplied to support land and property registration applications, more than 150 years ago.

In March 2014, we published details of the first properties registered under the Land Registry Act 1862. At the same time, we promised we’d release more documents. You can now view a range of documents that would normally only be seen by family members or a lawyer. These documents include marriage certificates, wills, deeds and other interesting legal records. All the files are available in our Instrument Books.

2,000 records

The 1862 Act Registers are a priceless collection of property history for England and Wales. They offer an intriguing resource for anyone researching a family tree or the history of a property. The database contains 2,000 records that you can view or download free of charge. These are fascinating papers which uncover the secrets of the first registered owners.

Visit our 1862 Act Registers database to see whether your family or home appears in any of the records.

Jackie Lynch
By Jackie Lynch,
Senior Communications Officer at HM Land Registry