Greater Lincolnshire Farmstead Character Statement

A guide to historic farm buildings in the landscape

By Adam Partington, Alastair MacIntosh and Jeremy Lake

This document forms part of the Greater Lincolnshire Farmsteads Guidance, which aims to inform the sustainable development of historic farmsteads, including their conservation and enhancement. The guidance, which applies to the area of Greater Lincolnshire, including Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire, is made up of:

  • Greater Lincolnshire Farmsteads Character Statement¬†(this document)
    Detailed and illustrated guidance that helps identify the character and significance of historic farmsteads including the contribution they make to landscape character. Part 2 includes a full illustrated glossary of farm building types.
  • The Farmstead Assessment Framework
    A step-by-step approach for owners and applicants considering the re-use and sustainable development of traditional farm buildings based on an understanding of their historic character, significance and potential for change. Annexes include useful information about designation, recording and further research.
  • Local Authority Summaries
    Short summaries for each local planning authority in Greater Lincolnshire providing an overview of historical development, farmstead character, drivers for change and relevant local planning policies. Helpful to both planners and applicants when developing and scrutinising proposals
  • Farmstead and Landscape Statements
    Informative statements about ten different areas of the county defined according to their landscape character by Natural England (e.g. The Wolds). Each statement provides information about the historical development of farms in the landscape, landscape character and the types of farmstead found in each area. They are a useful evidence base for decision-making and development in context.

This guidance note has been prepared on behalf of Historic England by Adam Partington and Alastair MacIntosh (Locus Consulting) and Jeremy Lake (Historic England).

At the time it was commissioned this project formed part of wider work on Rural Buildings and Landscapes within National Heritage Protection Plan Activity 4F1.


1. Historic development
2. Landscape and settlement context
3. Farmstead building types
4. Materials and detail
5. Where to get Advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 62
  • Product Code: HEAG053


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