Cornwall Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC)

Cornwall Council, 2014

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Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record
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Cornwall HLC map

In order to help people better understand the historic character of their surroundings, the British landscape is being subjected to a programme of historic landscape characterisation (HLC), in which repeating patterns or attributes are used to assign blocks of landscape to particular HLC Types.

The main output of the Historic Landscape Characterisation Project in Cornwall is a report which provides a commentary on each of the Historic Landscape Character Types mapped in the 1994 Cornwall HLC. The Cornwall HLC project is the first Historic Landscape Characterisation to be undertaken for a whole county in Britain; it is intended to help users better understand the origins and components of Cornwall's historic landscape character and the issues affecting it. The text, when used with the HLC mapping, enables the historic or cultural to be considered alongside, around and within aesthetic and ecological appreciations of landscape.