The Historic Environment Record for the National Park

The Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record (HER) is the most extensive source of information on the archaeological and historic built environment of Exmoor. It provides information on all the known archaeology and historic buildings found within the National Park, from the earliest recorded human history to recent times. Earthworks, ruins, buildings, landscapes, industrial remains, military sites, historic boundaries and routeways and sites of finds are all included. Whether you want to know about archaeological sites, historic buildings, old photographs or oral histories, the HER is the best place to start.

The HER includes historic environment assets of local interest and designated sites including Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, Historic Parks and Gardens and Conservation Areas. There are supporting collections of aerial photographs, historic mapping, reports, journals and books on the historic environment of Exmoor, held at the National Park offices in Dulverton.

Information on the website should not be used for commercial purposes. Please contact us direct if you require data in support of a planning application or other research project. Data searches are provided free of charge and ensure you receive up to date and complete HER data.

Site of the month - Withypool Stone Circle

The stone circle on Withypool Hill is thought to date to the late Neolithic to early Bronze Age. It is one of a series of stone settings on Exmoor and vulnerable to damage. Recent monitoring work by the National Park raised concerns about the condition of the circle and the site was included on Historic England's Heritage At Risk Register, leading to a programme of conservation and recording works being undertaken with funding provided by Historic England. The 2017 survey of the site by AC Archaeology recorded 30 stones, reflecting a loss of seven from when it was first surveyed by George St Gray in 1906. At around 36 metres in diameter, it is larger than Porlock Stone Circle, although many of its stones are very small and obscured by vegetation. Conservation works and monitoring will continue through 2018 and the dead gorse hedge is being renewed to help the site recover.

Withypool Stone Circle, © ENPA 2017

(Withypool Stone Circle, © ENPA 2017)

You can use the links above to search the Historic Environment Record or learn about more general themes using the subjects library. Our resources section provides information on documentation available from the HER and also external links to other websites of interest. Alternatively, if you need further assistance, have any queries about the data we hold or want to provide some information to the HER please use the online form to contact us, or you can telephone our offices on 01398 322273. We also welcome visits to our offices by appointment to view our collection of supporting documents. You can access records curated by other Historic Environment Records using the Heritage Gateway; in addition, you can follow the link to view the Somerset HER website (curated by the South West Heritage Trust) and Devon's Historic Environment Team's webpages.

The HER is undergoing a programme of improvement, with additional research data being inputted continuously and a data cleaning exercise being performed on our records, further information about which can be viewed on our caveat page.

The information contained in the Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record has been produced from various sources, a substantial part being compiled by both Devon and Somerset County Councils before being transferred to Exmoor National Park Authority in 2009. The Authority acknowledges the work carried out by both County Councils in establishing and maintaining the Historic Environment Records for the National Park.

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