Carholme Character Area (view detailed map) is predominantly a residential townscape lying on the west side of Lincoln either side of Carholme Road, the main western entrance to the city. Much of the townscape is Late Victorian/Edwardian in character; however, several small areas have been re-developed during the Modern Period. Buildings in the area form part of a Late Victorian/Edwardian gateway in the west of the city, and have defined part of the transition between the city and its rural setting since the early 19th century.
Much of the Character Area consists of rows of Late Victorian/Edwardian terraced houses arranged around a well-connected grid-like pattern of streets, orientated perpendicular and parallel to the overall gradient of the escarpment slope and Carholme Road. The form, scale and decoration of Late Victorian/Edwardian terraced properties are generally coherent within build units, which vary in size from individual properties to long rows occupying the full width of urban blocks. Variation in the decorative style of terraced houses within different build units is subtle, and is commonly expressed in the eaves decoration, on the door and window lintels and, to a lesser extent, in the use of brickwork patterns on the main façade.
It is probable that from as early as the Roman Military Era, land in the Character Area was part of the early city’s ‘territorium’, a swathe of land surrounding major Roman fortresses in which agricultural production and services were dedicated to the service of the legion. The area may have been a focus for small-scale open quarrying, probably in the form of localised areas of ‘digging’ especially around any limestone, ironstone, gravel and clay outcrops that occur along the escarpment slope.
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||Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
||Modern (1967 to Current day)
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