Chapel Lane

Overview

The Chapel Lane Character Area (view detailed map) consists of a small area on top of the escarpment, north of the Castle that has Chapel Lane running through it. There are four main 'sites' leading off from Chapel Lane: the water tower and its surrounding gardens, a cemetery and two Modern [1967-2008] housing developments, St. Clements Court and Lillicrap Court. In general these sites are separated from the road by a strong boundary and are enclosed on all sides, although Lillicrap Court has one side that is open on to the road. This is partly the result of each separate area being developed for different uses at different times.

The Chapel Lane Character Area is a quiet, mainly residential, area situated on the top of the escarpment to the north of the Castle. Large, separate, enclosed spaces are a key feature of this area and there are four main 'sites' leading off Chapel Lane. These sites include a water tower set in landscaped gardens known as Wickham Gardens that also have a bowling green and children’s play area, a cemetery and two Modern housing developments, St. Clements Court and Lillicrap Court. There is also a playing field behind Wickham Gardens which was connected to this open space when it formed part of the reservoir, though it is now accessed from Westgate Primary School in the neighbouring Character Area.

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51 Chapel Lane is the only surviving Victorian property. It faces on to the street unlike the properties in Lillicrap Court and St. Clements Court, and has more decoration than these properties such as segmented brick arches and keystones above the window

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.23684, -0.5402)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Inner city
Predominant Period: Early Modern (1350 to 1750 AD)
Secondary Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Average Building Type: Terraced
Average Building Density: High