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Battlefields Selection Guide

The sites of 46 particularly important battles are included on the Register of Historic Battlefields, which is administered by Historic England. The National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012) sets out that registered battlefields are designated heritage assets of the highest significance.

A wreath left at the registered Lansdown Hill battlefield in Somerset
A wreath left at the registered Lansdown Hill battlefield in Somerset © Historic England

What the guide covers

The selection guide discusses first the definition of a battle, and outlines the changing nature of warfare in England between the late Saxon period and the seventeenth century - the compass of sites included.

The second half of the guide sets out the principal designation criteria - notably historic significance and the necessity of being able to securely map a battlefield - before moving on to discuss other designation criteria such a archaeological potential, documentation, and biographical associations. A select bibliography gives suggestions for further reading.



Published 18 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when registering battlefields.

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