Historic Environment Record

The 12 Days of Christmas- Six Geese A-laying

December 17, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Sixth day of Chrismas my true love gave to me 6 Geese A-laying Dating originally from a 1249 Grant by Henry III to the Abbot of Chertsey, a Goose Fair was held in Chertsey for almost 700 years – up until the start of the Second World War. Originally, the fair involved driving […]

The 12 Days Of Christmas- Five Gold Rings

December 16, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On The Fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: FIVE GOLD RINGS! Resistant to corrosion, malleable and very appealing and desirable, gold has been a very popular metal for over a thousand years. Until the early twentieth century, a ‘gold standard’ existed; where gold made up the economic structure of many countries, […]

The 12 Days Of Christmas- Four Calling/Colly Birds

December 15, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Fourth day of Chrismas my true love gave to me Four Calling/Colly Birds (Whistle) The illustration is of a rather water-worn, probably 16th century, pottery bird whistle recovered from the river Thames during dredging near Brownlow Island, Walton-on-Thames and now in the Guildford museum. It is a wheel-made, hollow vessel in a pale […]

The 12 Days of Christmas: Three French Hens

December 14, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Third day of Chrismas my true love gave to me Three French Hen(nebique) French engineer Francois Hennebique patented his pioneering method of reinforced concrete construction in 1892. The method involved integrating separate elements of construction – such as columns, beams and lintels – into single monolithic structures, with the so-called “French Hennebique System” […]

The 12 Days of Christmas: Two Turtle Doves

December 13, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

On the Second Day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two Turtle dovecotes Doves and Pigeons have been kept and reared for centuries as a source of fresh meat and eggs. Other uses were for the collection of fertiliser and in the 16th to 17th centuries salpetre for use in gunpowder manufacture. It is believed dovecotes […]

The 12 Days of Christmas: A Partridge in a Pear Tree

December 12, 20169:20 amLeave a Comment

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me A Partridge in a Iron Pear Tree With Christmas day fast approaching the Heritage Conservation Team have got into the festive spirit and set ourselves a challenge. Over 12 days we will be presenting Surrey archaeological or historical connections based on the gifts […]

Brandon’s Journey to the HER

December 6, 20169:00 amLeave a Comment

Brandon Robins is the most recent addition to the Heritage Conservation Team, filling the role of Heritage Assistant. A former Surrey County Council apprentice, he explains below how he came to join our team. For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about history. When I was a child I read an […]

Mapping Heritage Data and ‘World GIS Day’

November 24, 20169:03 amLeave a Comment

Wednesday 16th November 2016 was ‘World GIS day’, and so this month the blog gets ‘techy’ and introduces one of the main computer systems used by Surrey’s Historic Environment Record. What is GIS? GIS stands for Geographical Information Systems which refers to a range of computer systems designed to deal with spatial data – in […]

Heritage Showcase 2016 – HER in Lingfield

The HER team spent one Saturday at the start of this month with the staff of Surrey Heritage and several local history societies in Lingfield for the 2016 Heritage Showcase. We had a fantastic time and were very pleased to meet so many enthusiastic local residents keen to tell us their stories and interested in […]

Researching with the HER

October 11, 20164:42 pmLeave a Comment

Having left University with a degree in History and English Literature and no idea how to use it in the outside world, I was fortunate enough to find a volunteering position with the Heritage Conservation Team at the Surrey County Council. I had little knowledge of how archaeology is used in day to day work, […]