Ancient monuments are structures of special historic interest or significance, and range from earthworks to ruins to buried remains. Those identified as nationally important are placed on a list or Schedule. If any ancient monument could in any way be affected by proposed development, advice from Historic England should be sought as soon as possible. It is a criminal offence to damage a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Scheduled Monument Consent
The scheduling of a monument means that permission - 'scheduled monument consent' - is required for any works to a monument including demolition, removing, repairing, tipping near to or altering in any way.
The main legislation concerning archaeology in the UK is the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is responsible for implementing the 1979 Act in England, and is advised in this respect by Historic England who handle the applications for consent.
Scheduled Ancient Monuments in Newcastle
Using the map below you can zoom in and move around, click on the building or area for more information, and switch the aerial photography on or off. Click the top right button to open the map up in a bigger screen, including a text search facility to locate a specific address. There is a weblink in each one which will take you to Historic England's webpage on that feature with lots of further information about it.