Introduction to the Historic Environment Record
The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a record of all known heritage assets in North Lincolnshire. They include archaeological sites, monuments and buildings, as well as historic places and landscapes. Listed buildings and scheduled monuments are included.
The records cover a wide variety of sites, from prehistoric times up to the twentieth century. Nationally important sites include Gainsthorpe Deserted Medieval Village and Thornton Abbey. Both of these are scheduled monuments, open to the public. Many other heritage assets and sites are of regional or local importance.
There are now over 8,200 records of all types, including 46 scheduled monuments and over one thousand 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 of each site on an electronic map.
The HER can be used for personal research and by students. Please note that visitors to the HER must arrange an appointment, as space is limited. Some of our data is also available on the Heritage Gateway website. This is suitable for non-planning related searches only.
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 provided, in line with government and local planning policy. Advice on the management of historic sites is also provided for Countryside Stewardship and other agri-environment schemes including woodland proposals.