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Historic Environment Record (HER)

The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a public service available to anyone researching the history and archaeology of Northamptonshire.

The history of the land - in one amazing place

Our HER is the main source of information on archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes in Northamptonshire. It is used to help formulate conservation and planning advice for the county, but can also provide fascinating information about your town or village.

If you'd like to know whether you live near an ancient settlement, or what that strange shape in the field across the way is, then the HER would be the place to come.

For planners, the HER offers a professional service that feeds into reports and legal applications. We understand what you need and work to deliver the information you need efficiently.

We now have over 80,000 monuments on our database, and new information is being added all the time.

Accessing the database:

Visitors to the Northamptonshire Record Office can search the database for free. Alternatively, we can conduct your search for you, for a small fee. 

Email her@northamptonshire.gov.uk to access this service.

Pay for your HER research

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External sites to help expand your research


Free subscription to sites such as Find my Past and Ancestry
Only available from Northamptonshire Archives or Libraries internet access.

GOV.UK: Find a will
Find wills from after 1951 (a fee is charged)

Kithead Trust
Run by volunteers, this charity may be able to help trace early vehicle registration information.

Northants FHS
Full of useful information, knowledge and skills.

National Archives
Details of documents held all around the UK.

Northampton Borough Council - a guide to cemeteries

Workhouses
Detailed resources about workhouses around the UK.

Rushden Heritage
Full of resources about Rushden.

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Another Great Seal from the collection. This one is of George 1st, and the document is from 1720. The seal itself is going to be carefully repackage...

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B(HH)401 is the diary of Mrs Annie Bosworth from the 1880s. It is mostly about her children, and the initial entries are written as if by her firstbo...

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