South Yorkshire Historic Environment Characterisation Project

South Yorkshire Archaeology Service, 2013

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Demolition of the 1970s Town Hall extension, Sheffield

South Yorkshire has a rich history of settlement, farming, industry, recreation and commerce. These activities have all influenced the way the landscape has developed and the physical evidence of these human actions can be seen across the county. The South Yorkshire Historic Environment Characterisation project was undertaken between 2004 and 2008 to map this evidence, to try to understand the historic processes that had formed it and to develop strategies for the future protection and enhancement of the historic environment identified. This project was undertaken by the South Yorkshire Archaeology Service with funding from English Heritage.

As part of the project, a vast amount of data was collected to produce a complete picture of the current landscape of South Yorkshire and an understanding of how these landscapes and townscapes have changed through time. This data was then used to identify trends of historic development across the county. The resulting analysis can be found within the final report and also makes up a significant part of the output made easily available to the public through an interactive website ( This public output was developed alongside a digital resource made available to the four local authorities within South Yorkshire: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. This should assist with forward planning exercises, the production of Design Guides and numerous other activities that could impact upon the historic environment.