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Introduction to the HER

Introduction to the HER

The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a record of all known heritage assets in North Lincolnshire. They include archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and historic places.

The records cover a wide variety of sites, from prehistoric times up to the 20th century. Nationally important sites include Gainsthorpe Deserted Medieval Village and Thornton Abbey. Both of these are Scheduled Monuments, open to the public. Many others are of regional or local importance.

There are now over 8,200 records of all types, including 44 Scheduled Monuments and 1,079 listed buildings. The records are updated as new information becomes available, and records continue to be added. We are always pleased to receive information from the public relating to historic sites and finds. Full details of each site can include photographs, site reports and drawings. Our database can be searched on a number of fields such as site type or period. The HER Geographic Information System (GIS) can show the position each site on an electronic map. Our data is also available on the Heritage Gateway website.

The HER provides planning advice, both to the council and to developers and consultants. All planning applications are checked against the HER, and recommendations for investigations on development sites are requested, in line with government policy. Advice on the management of historic sites is also provided for energy crop schemes and Environmental Stewardship schemes.

The HER can also be used by students and other researchers. Please note that visitors to the HER must arrange an appointment, as space is limited.

Barrow Castles 1989
Aerial photo of Barrow Castles

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Last updated: 23/02/2016