Historic Environment Record

The Historic Environment Record (HER) contains information on over 35,000 known sites across the county. This includes standing ruins, prehistoric and medieval earthworks, features identified on an aerial photograph and medieval pottery in fact any material remains of Lancashire's past. Historic landscape, townscape and buildings information is also held as well as aerial photographs and reports on archaeological fieldwork and building recording.

Each site is recorded on a computer to be displayed on a map or table, allowing fast searching, indexing and printing of information. The records held include details of all scheduled monuments and listed buildings in the county, as well as information from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

The Lancashire Historic Environment Record is continually being updated. Information on new sites and finds and additional details about existing sites has been provided by professional archaeologists, museums, local researchers and the general public. We welcome contributions that would add to the record, and you can submit information by writing to us, by email, or by completing the Historic Environment Record form.

Consulting the Historic Environment Record

Lancashire County Council has now closed the County Archaeology Service.  Public access to the Historic Environment Record (HER) is however still available.  The Record is managed by volunteers for two days per week and visits to inspect the Record should always be arranged in advance.

Contact details:

Post: Lancashire Historic Environment Record, Planning and Environment Service, PO Box 100 County Hall, Pitt Street, Preston PR1 0LD 

E-mail: archaeology@lancashire.gov.uk

Non-commercial enquiries by individuals to the Record by post or email will be dealt with by the County Council's volunteers where possible and subject to some conditions.  Any enquiry should include the following information:

  • The subject and purpose of the enquiry
  • The use to which the information will be put
  • The names of any other bodies or individuals to whom it is intended to pass HER information
  • The name and location of the site of interest, normally in the form of maps or plans which contain sufficient information to both locate the site and define its boundaries. Where information or advice is required beyond an actual site boundary, the distance from the site should be specified or an appropriate buffer marked on a map.

The volunteers do not have the capacity to supply information remotely to commercial and other organisations.   Organisations wishing to obtain information from the HER may make an appointment to visit as above or can appoint a suitable archaeological contractor or consultant to obtain the information.  The HER volunteers can supply links to lists of suitable contractors by email if requested.

The HER is often used as a tool in the planning process.

Historic Town Survey Reports and Historic Landscape Character Reports

Previously copies of 33 Historic Town Survey Reports and several Historic Landscape Character Reports were available as PDF downloads from this website, but this is no longer possible. Printed copies of the reports are often available at reference libraries, and copies can be made available on CD (subject to charges for commercial users). The following reports are available:

Historic Towns Survey:

Accrington, Bacup, Barnoldswick, Blackburn, Blackpool, Carnforth (and Warton), Chorley, Church and Oswaldtwistle, Clitheroe, Colne, Darwen, Fleetwood, Garstang, Great Harwood, Haslingden, Hornby, Kirkham, Lancaster (does not cover the town centre), Leyland, Longridge, Lytham St Annes, Morecambe, Nelson, Newburgh, Oswaldtwistle (with Church), Ormskirk, Padiham, Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Rawtenstall, Ribchester, Slaidburn, Warton (Lancaster, with Carnforth), Whalley

Lancashire Historic Landscape Characterisation Programme:

Main Project Report (2002), Perceptions of the Historic Landscape (2003), The Historic Landscape of the Forest of Bowland and the Lune Valley (2004), The Historic Landscape of Chipping Parish (2004); The Historic Landscape of Whittington Parish (2004). A collection of historic landscape documents, including those noted here, can be found on the web at the Pathways to cultural landscapes.