House History Research. We are house dectives who will research the history of your house.

Who we are

A painting of Castle Arch, Guildford by Sally Gorton

Philip Gorton has been studying local history since childhood. In the late 1970s, he began using records and archives in earnest when researching and writing his degree dissertation on the urban development of Victorian Godalming. He has many years of practical experience in dealing with a wide variety of documentary sources and has the paleaographic and interpretive skills that are essential in this kind of work.

He has also developed a knowledge of house construction methods and is an active member of the Domestic Building Research Group, which surveys and records traditional buildings in Surrey.

He has been taking commissions since 1993 and has completed histories of over 120 houses, in addition to other research work. The majority of these houses are in south west Surrey and he has built a thorough understanding of the area's history and its houses.

Sally Gorton writes the histories and specialises in the genealogical aspects of the work. She is particularly skilled at teasing out the dry facts from a variety of sources and turning them into a readable and absorbing narrative.

In addition, she is a trained artist and is very involved in the presentation and visual balance of the house history books. Many customers have commissioned Sally to produce a painting of their house. This is often used as a frontispiece or it may be incorporated into the text of the book.

See her website for more information.

© Philip Gorton 2023