Peak District National Park Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

Peak District National Park, 2016

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There are currently three main elements to the collection.

1: Digital GIS mapping of ‘dominant character’ for the whole Park, with a final series of time slice maps for 1650, 1750, 1800, 1850 and present day (2000). Maps for 1600 and 1700 were abandoned part-way through mapping as they did not contain sufficient data to warrant inclusion. For each time-slice data can be presented in two basic forms – firstly, as maps with known data derived from maps dating to 50 years either side of the key date. Secondly, as maps with known, interpolated, extrapolated and interpreted data. In the first set, time-slice maps prior to 1900 have white areas where maps were not available, while in the second set all areas are mapped (with varying degrees of confidence). With all mapping the land parcels have been assessed and categorised, commonly as different types of ‘ancient enclosure’ (pre-1650), post-medieval enclosure (post-1650), enclosure of unknown date, and unenclosed land. Less commonly, they are categorised as industrial, urban, recreational, parkland, woodland and reservoir or ornamental lake.

2: Digital GIS mapping of settlement type (villages, hamlets, farms and settlement zones), industry (coal mining, lead mining, quarrying and woodland industries), and social ‘territories’ (townships, parishes, parish clusters of comparable settlements, district and county divisions). Archaeological vestiges were mapped straight from the SMR rather than dedicated maps being produced.

3: A user manual completed in 2013, giving interpretative overviews, explanations of categories of data defined and procedures adopted for the mapping.

In addition, the data are currently being used to compile an interpretative volume on the Peak District’s historic landscape to be published by Historic England (publication provisionally scheduled for late 2016 or 2017).