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Built heritage

This information layer displays the location and status of scheduled monuments, world heritage sites, parks and gardens and battlefields. Planning and development restrictions apply according to the grade they have been given.

Built heritage information is divided into four sub-layers:

  • Scheduled monuments

A schedule has been kept since 1882 of monuments whose preservation is prioritised over other land uses. The current legislation outlines a formal system for planning consent for any scheduled monument. Scheduled monuments are not always ancient, or visible above ground. There are over 200 'classes' of monuments on the schedule, ranging from prehistoric standing stones and burial mounds on medieval sites such as castles, monasteries and villages, to more recent examples, such as 20th century remains from the coal industry, World War II and the Cold War.

  • World heritage sites

World heritage sites are places of international importance for the conservation of cultural and natural heritage. The World Heritage List set up by the World Heritage Convention includes landscapes, towns, historic monuments and modern buildings. In 2007, there were 851, including 23 in the UK. Examples include the Tower of London, the City of Bath and Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire.

  • Parks and gardens

English Heritage also holds a register of protected parks and gardens. Local authorities are required by central government to make provision for the protection of these parks and gardens in their policies and resource allocation. Similarly, Historic Scotland hold data on Gardens and Designed landscapes.

There are currently around 1800 sites included on the register which are divided into three grades:

  • Battlefields

The Register of Historic Battlefields identifies 43 important English battlefields. The purpose is to protect these sites and promote a better understanding of their significance. English Heritage intends these to be the starting point for battlefield conservation. Historic Scotland does not currently hold battlefield information.

Data provider 1Historic England
Data provider 2Historic Environment Scotland
Sample of dataSample layered PDF
Coverage areaEngland and Scotland

Version date of dataset2017
Frequency of update cycleIrregular as supplied

Viewable in map windowYes
Viewable on map backgroundsAll map backgrounds
Viewable between scales1 - 1: 150 000

Printable between scales 1 - 1: 150 000

Export formatsDWG, DXF, TAB, SHP
Maximum export size via internet10 000 hectares (100 kmĀ²)


Period layer saved for viewing (without incurring further costs)Perpetual
Period print saved for (without incurring further costs)Perpetual

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