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If you have a copy of the Official Copies to the land from the Land Registry ( the title deeds), a local Wills Solicitor can do a search to see if the owners have died or not, by checking to see if Probate has been granted. If it turns out they have not both died, you have the following options which may or may not work- there should be an address for them on the Land Registry Official Copies and you could write to them/ use more word mouth to find them/using a tracing agent which may be expensive.
If you are unable to track them down, the law relating to "adverse possession" (claiming another party's land) is as follows-
You have to possess the land to the exclusion of the true owner for 12 years.
In order to possess the land, you have to demonstrate that you have occupied it yourself and no-one else has had possession of it- this normally entails fencing in the land and encompassing it into your own garden.
After 12 years, you can then make an application to the Land Registry for possessory title of the land.
So, provided you are willing to spend money fencing in the land and are happy to lose this money in the unlikely event that the true owner turns up, this may be the best route to go down.
I hope this helps and sets out the legal position.
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