Gloucestershire Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) including the Cotswolds and the Wye Valley Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Gloucestershire County Council, 2013

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Gloucestershire County Council (2013) Gloucestershire Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) including the Cotswolds and the Wye Valley Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1020235

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Overview

The Cotswolds AONB project integrated published and unpublished information on present landuse, land cover and the visible evidence of landscape history. The Gloucestershire and Wye Valley AONB project followed the same basic principles, although there were some alterations in the data sets used.

In both projects the information was analysed, and landscape attributes identified within each area. The results of the Cotswolds AONB HLC have already been reported on (see J P Hoyle (1999) Historic Landscape Characterisation Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, GCCAS unpublished report for English Heritage). The work on the Gloucestershire and Wye Valley HLC resulted in developments to both the methodology and interpretative approach adopted, and some revision of the earlier HLC was, therefore, undertaken as part of this process to ensure maximum compatibility between the two surveys.

The combined results of the two projects divide the study area into a series of 57 landscape types sharing a common combination of identified attributes. The distribution of these landscape types was mapped at a scale of 1:25,000 (utilising copies of the OS 1:25,000 scale map sheets), and supported by written descriptions of the types and the historical processes that they represent. The maps showing the HLC types were digitised onto the Gloucestershire County Council corporate Geographical Information System.

The results of both characterisation projects are currently in the following three forms:

  • The mapped data in digitised format stored at Shire Hall, Gloucester, as part of the Gloucestershire County Council corporate GIS.
  • An archive of raw data, quantified, ordered and indexed in accordance with English Heritage guidelines, is held at Shire Hall, Gloucester.
  • A written report (available here) which supersedes the report on the Cotswolds AONB HLC and:-
    • Describes the methodology used during the Gloucestershire and Wye Valley HLC.
    • Identifies areas where this methodology differed from that used by the Cotswolds AONB HLC.
    • Describes the revisions undertaken to the Cotswolds AOND HLC to promote conformity between the two surveys.
    • Describes identified HLC types for the areas covered by both projects, discusses their origins and summarises their distribution.

The copyright of the results of the Cotswolds AONB HLC project is held jointly by the County Councils of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. The copyright of the results of the Gloucestershire and Wye Valley HLC project is held solely by Gloucestershire County Council.