Historic Buildings Research

Historic Buildings has an in-house team of experienced researchers dedicated to investigating the architectural and historical backgrounds of each site. Their extensive and thorough utilisation of documentary sources, including title deeds, maps, plans, inventories and photographs, have resulted in direct impacts upon the direction of proposals and often form the backbone of robust lines of argument. The research team also offers a stand-alone research service to investigate and present the history of buildings.

The Research Team draw on their extensive and varied experience in the academic and archive sectors.


  • Architectural and Historical Research of buildings, estates and sites within their contexts informs their assessment and analysis. Research is undertaken by identifying and consulting primary source material held in archives, record offices and specialist libraries nationwide.
  • Provision of fully referenced and illustrated reports using primary source material including architects' plans, historic maps and historic photographs is vital to identifying the significance of heritage assets.
  • A Wide Variety Of Building Types from all periods can be researched, as wide ranging as Victorian hospitals, early aviation structures, Georgian terraces, factory sites and ecclesiastic buildings.
  • A history of your house can be provided in a detailed report, showing the ownership and occupation of your property, and its building and architectural history.
  • Identify architects through research using key architectural repositories.
  • Local history through research using key architectural repositories.
  • Specific targeted research of a building or site to inform issues relating to curtilage, or to establish the former existence of certain architectural elements.

Regional contacts:

London and South East

Veronica Cassin - Director
Email: veronica.cassin@cgms.co.uk

South West and Wales

Jonathan Smith - Director
01242 259 290
Email: jonathan.smith@cgms.co.uk

Midlands & North England

Simon Mortimer - Director
01636 642 707
Email: simon.mortimer@cgms.co.uk

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