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1. The first thing you need to realise is that only 88% of land in England & Wales is registered land. The remainder is unregistered land for which title has to be searched for in one of the Registry of Deeds which are spread throughout the country. However, you should also look at the adjoining properties, particularly the private estate as this will provide a clue as to who is the owner as there will most likely be a deed registered in one of the Registry of Deeds which transfer this property from the private estate to someone else's ownership. Essentially, in order to successfully trace the owner today you need to carry out some detective work and get the name of someone who once owned it and then trace the ownership in the Registry of Deeds. Here is a link to a guide which sets out how to trace the owner of an unregistered piece of land. https://hmlandregistry.blog.gov.uk/2018/02/05/search-owner-unregistered-land/. One place to look is the Sussex County Records Office as someone will have paid valuation duty at some stage on the land. Additonally, because there is a house on the land, you should search the planning records to see who made an application for planning permission as this would indicate ownership of the house and land. You should check the Electoral Register to see who is registered there. Additionally, because you own the property next door, there is likely to be a similar previous owner to your own house. So, this can be a starting point for searching for a deed in the Registry of Deeds which would suggest an owner today.
2. I would also suggest you speak to some solicitor in the local area who has been at least in practice since 1990 as they might not only remember who was there in previous years, but they will also know the local property titles and be able to help you with your search. They will have professional and local knowledge from working in the area for so long.
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