The Historic Environment team

Historic Environment Response to COVID-19

The Historic Environment Team have a reduced presence in the office. We continue to respond to HER enquiries as soon as possible. There may be a delay due to volume of work.

Scheduled maintenance

None scheduled.

Historic Environment Team

An aerial photograph showing the multiple ramparts of Clovelly Dykes hillfort as earthen banks and hedges.

Devon is widely celebrated for the great beauty and diversity of its landscapes, for its numerous historic settlements, ancient buildings and archaeological sites. This historic environment is worth treasuring for its own sake and for the information and pleasure that it provides now and for future generations.

The historic environment includes a wide range of evidence that our ancestors have left – from extensive urban streetscapes and rural landscapes to individual structures such as signposts or standing stones and finds of Roman coins or prehistoric stone tools. It also includes the palaeoenvironmental resource – evidence of past landscapes and human impacts upon them. With continuous human activity through the ages, the historic environment comprises virtually all of Devon’s rural landscape and its towns, villages and buildings.

Under Devon County Council’s Strategic Plan, and national rural development and planning policy, the Historic Environment Team promotes the protection, appropriate enhancement and enjoyment of archaeological sites and monuments, historic buildings and historic landscapes and townscapes. It also promotes sustainable access to them.

The Historic Environment Team maintains the Devon County Historic Environment Record, and provides related specialist advice on development management, land management and other historic environment matters. It also works with communities and partners to promote projects that research, record, manage and interpret Devon’s rich heritage.

For further information email or call 01392 382246.

Historic Environment Manager and County Archaeologist: Bill Horner, email or phone 01392 382494.

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