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Revealing Cheshire’s Past and the Heritage Gateway

The Cheshire Historic Environment Record provided access to many of it’s records via the website Revealing Cheshire Past. After fifteen years service the website has been retired. Online access to these records is now via the Heritage Gateway (www.heritagegateway.org.uk). A new and improved version of Revealing Cheshire’s Past is planned for the near future.

Please note: the information supplied to the Heritage Gateway is a selection of the records held by the Cheshire Historic Environment Record and should not be considered definitive. Individuals and organisations requiring information for planning or development management purposes, the development of management policies, the preparation of agri-environment applications, desk-based assessments or EIAs, should contact us directly.

General HER Enquiries

For general (non commercial) enquiries we would recommend first consulting the following online resources:

  • Many of the Cheshire Historic Environment Record’s records are published online and can be searched using the Heritage Gateway (www.heritagegateway.org.uk).
  • Historic Maps and aerial photographs of the historic county of Cheshire can be viewed using the Cheshire Tithes Online website (https://maps.cheshireeast.gov.uk/tithemaps/).
  • Copies of eighteenth and nineteenth century maps of Cheshire, including historic Ordnance Survey maps, are published online by the  National Library of Scotland (https://maps.nls.uk/).
  • Information on designated heritage assets (listed buildings, scheduled monuments etc.) is available via National Heritage List for England (https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/) . There is a map search facility.
  • The mapped depictions of nationally and locally designated heritage assets are available via Cheshire East Council’s and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Public Map Viewers.

If you have an enquiry that cannot be answered using the Heritage Gateway or other online resources listed you can contact the HER officers to request a HER search (Contact Us).

Commercial Enquiries

If you need to access the Historic Environment Record for professional use, such as for development management, environmental impact assessments, the development of management policies, for the preparation of agri-environment applications or large research projects, you should contact the Historic Environment Record directly. Where possible, all searches are returned by email within fifteen working days of receipt.

Please note, the Historic Environment Record does not operate a priority search service.

HER information is supplied in pdf format for text data and ArcGIS shape-files (GIS data) for the associated spatial data. The majority of the spatial data is classified as an Ordnance Survey derived dataset and an Ordnance Survey Licence may be required. If you do not have access to GIS or require datasets in an alternative format, please contact us directly to discuss your requirements. Such requests will be treated as Custom HER searches (see below).

For commercial enquiries, please include the following in your search request:

  • A description of the search required
  • GIS data or location map or central grid reference for your area of interest
  • The radius of search required i.e. 1km
  • Invoice address and purchase order number

There are three types of search: standard, extended and custom.

Standard: This search includes all relevant information (Monuments, Events, Designations and Historic Landscape Character) within a given search area; typically up to a 1km search radius. For areas with a greater density of information, i.e. towns and the area covered by the Chester Urban Archaeological Database, the search area will be smaller, but sufficient for most cultural heritage assessments.

Extended: Includes the same level of information as the Standard search, but for those requiring a larger search area, typically up to 2km. For areas with a greater density of information, i.e. towns and the area covered by the Chester UAD the search area will be smaller.

Custom: For those with specialist requirements such as large search areas, specific search parameters or output formats i.e. maps.

  Standard Search Extended
 Chester UAD Up to c.4ha (100m search radius) Up to c.20ha (250m search radius)
Other urban area Up to c.80ha (500m search radius) Up to c.315ha (1km search radius)
Rural area Up to c.315ha (1km search radius) Up to c.1256ha (2km search radius)

Forestry and Agri-environment Schemes

Consultations for the purposes of woodland grant schemes and Countryside Stewardship Historic Environment Farm Environment Records (HEFERs) are governed by the service standards, protocols and charges agreed between the administrating organisations and the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (https://www.algao.org.uk/). Please refer to your application handbook for further information.

Academic and Other Research Projects

Large and/or complex searches required for research projects may fall under the Custom search category and may incur a charge at the appropriate rate. Undergraduate and post graduate research (i.e. dissertations) are typically treated as non commercial enquiries.

Charges

From 1st April 2023 the following charges will apply.

These charges cover a licence to reuse Historic Environment Record information for commercial purposes. Large research projects are advised to contact the Historic Environment Record to discuss their requirements and a licence charge may be applicable. No charge is made for any follow up visits to the HER to view aerial photographs, reports etc. Please note VAT is not payable on Historic Environment Record charges.

  • Standard HER search: £75
  • Extended HER search: £150
  • Custom HER search: Price on application

No charge is made for members of the public requiring Historic Environment Record information for non‐commercial purposes.

Privacy

Any enquiry to the Historic Environment Record will be treated as confidential. In the course of making an enquiry with the Historic Environment Record we may collect a small quantity of personal information when you provide it to us, such as contact details and details of the enquiry.  This information is used in an aggregated and anonymous form for the purpose of the Archaeology Planning Advisory Service’s annual reports and to enable your enquiry to be fulfilled. This information will never be shared with third parties. For further information see Data Protection and Your Rights.

Terms and Conditions

Please note, that by accepting the information supplied by the Historic Environment Record, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined in our Conditions Of Use.

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