West Yorkshire Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

Karl Lunn, Edward Lewis, John Lord, Jenny Marchant, Christopher Thomas, 2017

Data copyright © Ian Sanderson, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Historic England unless otherwise stated

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Karl Lunn, Edward Lewis, John Lord, Jenny Marchant, Christopher Thomas (2017) West Yorkshire Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1042125

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The main products of the project comprise a GIS map layer, database and report. The spatial data is recorded as polygons in a Geographic Information System (GIS), with the associated textual information stored within an associated database. The database holds information on the current landscape (as of c.2010) of that area, and on any previous landscape characters that have been identified. On completion of the project WYAAS supplied a digital copy of the relevant part of the WYHLC project to each of the five Districts in West Yorkshire, plus a written report on their District. A copy of the GIS (as shapefiles for each district) and the reports were then deposited with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS).

Each written report comprises:

  • Part 1 - Contents and Introduction: background to historic landscape characterisation, project background, West Yorkshire topography, geology and landscape character.
  • Part 2 - HLC Methodology: overview, principles of characterisation, West Yorkshire HLC project design and stages, critique of methodology.
  • Part 3 - Themed Results: County-wide Broad Type overview, Time Depth analysis, County-wide HLC Type (narrow type) analysis, District based statistical Broad Type and HLC Type overview and comparison, Time Depth Trends (per district).
  • Part 4 - Settlement Analysis (per district): an introduction to Character Zones, Settlement Gazetteer (the core body and historic character analysis of the local authority study area, using statistics and graphic examples to demonstrate project findings, interpretation and analysis) and Complex Urban Core Analysis (in depth historical review of larger-scale settlements).
  • Part 5 - Management Tables: key management issues associated with the archaeological interest, threats, opportunities and guidelines for management of the resource as defined by specific HLC Types (narrow types) across the West Yorkshire region.
  • Part 6 - Appendix and Sources: comprising Broad Type and HLC Type (narrow type) definitions, attributes employed during HLC polygonisation (including Broad Type associations), and Character Zone Construction Elements used throughout the HLC project. This is followed by Sources of Information and References used throughout the project.