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Rural Heritage

This page introduces England’s rural heritage followed by a summary of where to find further information, advice and guidance about Historic England’s rural research work.

  • L-shaped stone farmstead in rural setting in Priddy, Somerset

    Rural Buildings Research

    Read about our recent research which assesses the character and significance of rural buildings across England’s countryside.

  • Ruined concrete First World War explosives factory reflected in the marshes of the Hoo Peninsula

    Hoo Peninsula

    The Hoo Peninsula Historic Landscape Project assessed the archaeology and buildings of the area’s industrial, military and agricultural past.

  • Autumnal agricultural and moorland landscape in the North Pennines

    Rural Sites & Monuments

    Historic England presents some of its recent research on the character and significance of rural landscapes.

  • line of barrows at Priddy silhouetted against the sky

    Mendip Hills

    Find out more about the historic landscape of the Mendip Hills project, which is studying the area’s archaeology, buildings and history.