Scheduled Monuments are sites of outstanding national importance that are worthy of protection. English Heritage takes the lead in identifying sites in England which are placed on the Schedule by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Scheduling is the only legal protection specifically for archaeological sites. The scheduling of a monument means that Scheduled Monument Consent is required for works affecting that monument. Under current legislation, the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, there is a formal system for granting Scheduled Monument Consent for any work to a designated monument and this is administered by English Heritage.
The word "monument" covers the whole range of archaeological sites. Scheduled monuments are not always ancient, or visible above ground. There are over 200 "classes" of monuments on the schedule and they range from prehistoric standing stones and burial mounds, through the many types of medieval site - castles, monasteries, abandoned farmsteads and villages - to the more recent results of human activity, such as collieries and wartime pillboxes.
Scheduled Monuments in Sefton
- Cunscough Hall, Melling
- Maghull Manor moated site
- Sefton Old Hall moated site and fishponds
- Wayside Cross 100m North of Liverpool Lodge, Ince Blundell
- Standing Cross at the Harkirke 8m NW of the Chapel, Ince Blundell
- Standing Cross on the village green, Ince Blundell
- Wayside Cross 150m NE of Ince Blundell Hall, Ince Blundell
- Hightown Cross on Alt Road 60m SE of Hightown Station
- Standing Cross at junction of Green Lane and Water Street, Thornton
- Brooms Cross Wayside cross 150m NE of Orchard House, Thornton
- Domestic Chapel of St Katharine and Burial Ground, Lydiate
- Cross Base 25m South of the Tower of Parochial Chapel, Maghull
- Standing Cross 30m South of the Tower of Parochial Chapel, Maghull
Sefton's Scheduled Monuments can be viewed using SIMON.