You can search the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) for all listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks and registered parks, gardens and battlefields. The Heritage List is the only official and up to date database of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England.
Under its Open Data Strategy Defra and its agencies are increasing the range of the data that they provide. As part of this strategy, LiDAR data is available for England free of charge, as a series of geo-referenced tiles. For archaeological purposes, DTM (digital terrain model) is generally most useful, as it removes buidlings and vegetation.You will need suitable software to process the data, examples of which are given below.
This website allows you to cross-search over 60 resources, offering local and national information relating to England’s heritage. It’s main resources are the local Historic Environment Records (currently only about half are available), Historic England’s own records as represented on Pastscape, and the National Excavation Database.
PastScape is a quick and easy way to search over 420,000 records held in the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE). You'll find information on archaeological, architectural and maritime sites.
Descriptions of sites or buildings and the sources of information used to compile them.
Pictures (where available).
Basic details of investigations into the heritage, such as surveys or excavations.
Links to maps, satellite images and other websites which we think might interest you.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. The database is easily searchable online, and provides a detailed record of each recorded find, including photographs.