Strand On The GreenAssociation

Strand On The Green House Histories

Family-History-bannerWe are excited to announce the launch of the Strand on the Green 'House History Initiative'. This is intended as the first of a number of projects aimed at connecting the families who live in Strand on the Green today with the people who lived in their homes in times past.

A project for all ages, we will be providing materials for families and children as well as for more serious historians. We are working alongside similar projects being run by residents groups in Stamford Brook, Grove Park and Bedford Park.

It is our intention to help residents to discover and catalogue the lives of those who lived here in the past to build a unique set of Strand on the Green house histories. Individually these will enrich our relationships with our own homes and cumulatively the histories will create a shared resource for members and friends about the colourful suburb in which we live.


We know that we have a treasure trove to uncover of stories that are well known and some not so well known. To help us in this work we have commissioned the eminent house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen to work with us on a programme of events this year, aimed at giving residents the tools and knowledge to uncover the magic concealed in their home histories.

MBHansenMelanie is the author of two books: House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door (2011) and Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep (2013) and regularly writes for luxury lifestyle magazines and the national press.

Later in the year Melanie will be joining us for a series of workshops and talks on house history research where you will be able to get help interpreting old documents and deeds and also scan large documents.

You may already be underway with this process, and many residents have already flagged up documents, photos and other records they have discovered about their home. In follow on articles, you will find a list of sources of useful information about your home.


All participating residents will be given a unique online log-book for their home by the project sponsor - local tech company Chimni.  The log book will include all the Census and archive material and a house 'timeline' showing key events. This online log book will become as asset of your home. More information on the online log book can be found in the follow on article here.

If you would like to know more, or have your house included in the history searches, please email Nigel Walley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..