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Historic Environment

Archaeology and Historic Buildings Record Help



AHBR on-line has several fields which can be searched. You can search on one or many of the fields by filling in the boxes. Most of these fields are controlled, which means you must select a term the database recognises in order to carry out a search. These terms are included in the pull-down lists on the search screen. If you make a mistake, or wish to run a new query, click on CLEAR at the bottom of the Screen. If you are happy with your choices click on SEARCH and all the matching records will be displayed.  

Site Name

Enter part, or all, of a site name. Site names usually contain descriptive and location elements. For example ‘Round barrow at Home Farm’ would be found by entering any or all of those words, although searching for common words such as ‘barrow’ or ‘farm’ might return several hundred matches.

Avoid using punctuation as this may not be recognised by the database and could result in some records not being returned.


You can search across all parishes or districts, or select an individual one from the pull down list. Only those on the list can be selected. The AHBR holds information for the administrative county of Hampshire, the unitary authorities of Southampton and Portsmouth maintain their own Historic Environment Records and enquiries for these areas must be addressed direct to them. The AHBR records for these areas have not been updated since 1997 and are no longer current.  Winchester City Council also has a Historic Environment Record and may have additional information available.


Select from the list the time period you are interested in. Further information about time periods in Hampshire can be found in the Archaeology Atlas hosted on the Hantsphere website.

Site Type

This searches for different types of site but only those listed in the alphabetical list can be selected. Terms can be selected here by clicking on the letter the word begins with, e.g. ‘V’ for ‘Villa, or ‘C’ for ‘Castle’, then selecting from the pull-down list. The terms are from the English Heritage Thesaurus of Monument Types.


Search Results

If your search retrieves more than 500 records no data will be displayed. Narrow down your search by entering different, or additional, information in the search boxes. For example, if you are searching across the whole of Hampshire try selecting each district one at a time.

Once you have a list you can click on SELECT to view the more detailed record.

If no results are returned check the search boxes selected. Some combinations such as ‘Roman’ and ‘Pillbox’ will not yield any results if used together. Try using the broadest search possible and narrowing it down.

Site Number

This is the system number allocated to the site by the AHBR database. Please quote this number in any correspondence.

Additional information held

This field contains a ‘Y’ for ‘Yes’ or ‘N’ for No. Where a ‘Y’ is present further data is available in paper form in the Archaeology and the Historic Buildings Record  which may not be available on the website yet.

Grid references

The AHBR on-line only records national grid references up to six figure accuracy. If more detailed location information is required please contact the AHBR team.


This includes statutory status such as Listed Building and Scheduled Monument. Sites with the status ‘Winchester City Museums SMR’ will have further information available from Winchester City Council. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, much of it is obtained from outside sources and cannot be guaranteed to be correct. For advice please contact the AHBR team.


More information, and in some cases printed copies of sources, may be available from the Archaeology and the Historic Buildings Record.


List of common abbreviations/glossary

View list of common abbreviations



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