The East Devon AONB has a rich and diverse historic environment in terms of the density of known sites and buildings and the range of periods represented, from early prehistory to modern times. A notable feature of the AONB is how the internationally important geological diversity of the area is reflected in both its archaeological and architectural heritage.

Sand House in SidburySand House, Sidbury

The Devon County Historic Environment Record (HER) contains information on over 3,200 sites of archaeological and historic interest within the AONB. Recent survey work carried out for the AONB has added to this picture. The quality and significance of this resource is reflected in the high number of statutory designations. There are 58 Scheduled Ancient Monuments within the AONB, 4 Registered Historic Parks and Gardens, 855 Listed Buildings and all or part of 12 Conservation Areas. In addition the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (JCWHS) falls almost entirely within the AONB.

We have a number of heritage projects running in the AONB. Visit Conserve / Culture and Heritage / for more details.

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East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

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In England and Wales, our finest landscapes have been conserved through designation as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

The East Devon AONB was designated in 1963 and is one of the 46 AONBs situated across the UK. The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides general information about AONBs, whilst the South West Protected Landscapes Forum exists to provide information and a regional voice for the 14 Protected Landscapes which, together, make up 38% of the South West of England.

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