Almond Crescent-Westwood

Overview

Almond Crescent/ Westwood Character Area (view detailed map) is an entirely residential area with a green and quiet townscape of detached bungalows set in large gardens to both front and rear with hedges and wide verges. The area was laid out on former agricultural land and some pre-1886 field boundaries are still visible in the current townscape. The houses in the area are date from the period between 1950 and 1967, are very similar in terms of architectural style with little or no detailing on facades, and are set on the same building line, giving a good sense of enclosure and well overlooked streets despite large setbacks from the footway. The Character Area is relatively isolated from the rest of the city.

The houses in the area were built between 1950 and 1967 during a period which saw increasing numbers of people move away from the centre of Lincoln into expanding suburbs, facilitated by an increasing reliance on private transport. The setting of the houses in large gardens reflects a continuation of some of the ideas of the Garden Suburb Movement and an increasing desire for privacy, moving away from the more communal living of the past. The Character Area differs from Swanpool Garden Suburb in that the majority of houses are detached while all those in the Garden Suburb are at least semi-detached. Architecturally the lack of ornamentation illustrates a move away from the more decorative styles of the past towards the pared-down simplicity of the Modernist Movement. Changes to the area have mainly consisted of cosmetic alterations to houses such as fitting of replacement doors and windows and the construction of garages and rear extensions.
 
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Detached bungalows built between 1950 and 1967 that are set in large plots with large gardens, reflecting some of the ideals of the Garden Suburb Movement

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.21641, -0.57468)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Post-war (1946 to 1966 AD)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: Semi-detached
Average Building Density: Medium