Historic Environment

Historic Settlement

Hampshire’s historic settlements are an integral part of the landscape and help to define a sense of identity and community. Two projects have been undertaken to help us understand how Hampshire’s historic settlements evolved and to assess their archaeological potential.

Historic Towns

Front cover illustration of Historic Towns Survey

The archaeological survey of the historic towns of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was funded by English Heritage and forms part of their national programme of Extensive Urban Surveys. The project provides an assessment of the historical development and archaeological resource in each town and gives guidance to the future management of the archaeology of Hampshire’s urban centres.

The results of this survey can be viewed at the Archaeology Data Service website and copies of the reports are available from the Archaeology and Historic Buildings section.

Historic Rural Settlement

Cob and thatch cottages at Monxton village

This survey of historic rural settlements in Hampshire was carried out by Bournemouth University in association with Hampshire County Council. The project identified the archaeological potential of these settlements in order to assist the management of the archaeological heritage through the planning process, but the survey is also of use to local historians. The results of this project are incorporated into the Archaeology and Historic Buildings Record, and copies of the reports are available from the Archaeology and Historic Buildings section.