Thursday 22 August 2002 2.05pm
At the risk of out-doing our esteemed editor for obscure knowledge:
Its not that simple - this bizarre scheme (for properties costing less than £150,000) still operates on the original ward boundaries in operation at the time of the legislation - they were:
Lambeth: Angell, Vassall, Gipsy Hill, Larkhall, Bishop's, Stockwell, Ferndale, St. Martin's, Tulse Hill, Prince's, Oval, Knight's Hill, Town Hall
Southwark: Friary, Consort, Liddle, Brunswick, Rotherhithe, Chaucer, Barset St., The Lane, Burgess, St. Giles, Cathedral, Browning, Faraday, Abbey, Newington, Waverley, Bellenden, Bricklayers
I think this includes all of SE1 - it gets more complicated further south in both Lambeth and Southwark. Very few solicitors understand the scheme.
Southwark no longer produce a map of their pre-2002 wards, and so some sellers/estate agents take a punt by claiming properties are eligible - lord knows what offence they/buyer/buyer's solicitor would get charged with if they did evade the duty by making a false claim on the eligibility of property.
The Stamp Taxes Office have now introduced a postcode search facility
You can also see the new and old ward maps at a site which Ordnance Survey set up for the benefit of local politicians in advance of the boundary changes. Enter Southwark or Lambeth as the local authority and then view by postcode or (much more slowly) by using cursor on the map: Remember to tick the boxes for the boundaries you want to see.
Updated to get links to work
Post edited (04 Jun 03 17:40)