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Characterisation Project Interactive Map

We produced 'character statements' for 76 character areas through the York Historic Environment Characterisation Project.

Map of York's character areas

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Inner and outer character areas are marked as different coloured areas on the map.

Use the map to explore York's character areas; access a character statement by clicking an area outline.

Zoom in (+) or zoom out; (-) or move/drag the map to reveal information; you can also:

  • search by street name or postcode
  • click >> or << to reveal or hide the map legend

Area A - the historic core

The York Central Historic Core Conservation Area Appraisal determines character areas within York's 'historic core'.

Areas 2 and 3 (Bootham and St Mary’s) have been joined for convenience. Hungate, which is not included in the Conservation Area, has been added to Area 8 (Aldwark).

There are 24 character statements for the historic core (areas 1 to 24), examining:

  • archaeological background
  • visible character
  • buried archaeological evidence and significance

Area B - suburban York

There are 52 character areas for suburban York (areas 25 to 76) from the edges of the Historic Core Conservation Area to the outer ring road.

These are areas which have often been previously overlooked when assessing York’s historic environment. Character Statements examine the general character of an Area using texts, photographs and maps. These are compiled using York's Historic Environment Record (HER), along with a number of published sources, site visits, historic maps and photographs.

Also see


City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA