State of the Park

Pont Scethin

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Cultural Identity

Cultural heritage broadly consists of physical features of historic importance (both statutory and non-statutory), their settings and also their historic character and landscape of an area. Key features include Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, Historic Parks and Gardens, and sites listed on the Sites and Monuments Record and archaeological deposits.

Number and Condition of Scheduled Monuments

Scheduling is the process through which nationally important sites and monuments are given legal protection by being placed on a schedule. Scheduled Monuments cover the whole range of archaeological sites and are not always visible or above ground sites. Table 17 indicates the number of Scheduled Monuments in Wales and in Snowdonia with the distribution of Scheduled Monuments in the National Park shown on Figure 14.

  Wales Snowdonia
  Number of Scheduled Monuments 4,183 374

The table below provides details of the condition of the Scheduled Monuments in the National Park. Whilst not all Scheduled Monuments in the National Park have had their condition assessed, over 97% were considered to be in a ‘stable’ condition. The deterioration of other sites is largely attributed to the natural decay, erosion by livestock, agricultural operations, visitors and overgrowth by vegetation.

Condition of Scheduled Monuments 1996 – 2003 Snowdonia
  Percentage in “Improved” condition 1.55
  Percentage in “Stable” condition 97.20
  Percentage in “Worsened” condition 1.25

Condition of Scheduled Monuments 1996 - 2003 (Source: Cadw)

SAM Sites within Snowdonia National Park

SAM Sites within Snowdonia National Park