White horse Osmington

Historic area assessments for neighbourhood plans and conservation areas.

We have completed NP assessments in Askerswell, Sutton Poyntz, Shillingstone, Pimperne and Hazelbury Bryan and are currently working in Somerset with Wedmore Neighbourhood Plan and in Dorset on the Upper Marshwood Vale NP.

Historic England said: ‘We are impressed by the depth and scope of understanding of the distinctive heritage qualities of the Plan area and the policies and proposals for their protection and enhancement.’

AskerSwell NP

We provided a heritage assessment for the Askerswell NP and visited the village again as part of a project with the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership (see below.)

Askerswell inhabitants and horse
Askerswell inhabitants in Edwardian times.
Baker Fred Marsh at Hembury Mill Askerswell
Baker Fred Marsh at Hembury Mill, Askerswell.

South Dorset Ridgeway

We recently finished an extensive project with the Dorset AONB Landscape Partnership on ‘Discovering the Ridgeway’. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this was designed to identify what people value in their local area. It entailed carrying out historic character assessments for settlements on the Ridgeway. Kim Sankey and Dorset County Council senior archaeologist Steve Wallis conducted these in partnership, discovering new information about some of the older buildings in the villages. Below are some photos from the Winterbourne Abbas assessment.

School & Myrtle Cottages Winterbourne Abbas
School and Myrtle Cottages. These would have been thatched originally and the eaves have been raised.
Winterbourne Abbas looking west
View of Winterbourne Abbas looking west.






Manor Farm Lane Winterbourne Abbas
A former mill or factory on Manor Farm Lane.
Manor Farm Cottages Winterbourne Abbas
Manor Farm Cottages in Winterbourne Abbas. Traditional cottages, not listed.