What are Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs)?
Most monuments are earthworks or unoccupied structures (often ruinous). They are the most protected of all archaeological sites. Scheduling started in 1882. Many new monuments have been added in recent years as part of a national review. Two types of building cannot be scheduled, those in use as dwellings, and those in active ecclesiastical use.
All are considered of national interest, but most are privately owned. There is no general right for the public to inspect them
How many are there?
In West Lindsey there are 100 SAMs. This is a relatively high number, and reflects the rich history of the district.
What does it mean to an owner of a SAM?
Scheduling does not mean that the monument is under threat. Sensitive management means sensible stocking levels and undergrowth control. As a general rule with archaeology, the less ground disturbance the better. Grants may be available to help manage sites.
It is an offence, punishable by fine, to do works to a SAM without obtaining Scheduled Monument Consent. It is also an offence, punishable by fine or imprisonment, to damage or destroy a scheduled monument.
If in doubt check first!
Scheduled Monument Consent
Consent, information and grant aid is handled directly by English Heritage. Contact details can be obtained from the Conservation Section.
The full list of SAMs in West Lindsey can be found in the downloads section.