Cow Paddle Character Area (view detailed map) is a long and fairly narrow area of land on the east of the City that for the most part is bounded to the north by an active railway line and to the south by Washingborough Road. Transport infrastructure, both active and disused, is a key feature influencing the character of the area, defining its boundaries and separating it from the rest of the City. Land uses in the Character Area are typical of the urban fringe, with many requiring the uptake of large areas of land.
The Character Area is divided into several sites arranged broadly parallel to Washingborough Road and the majority of these have their own specific function. With the exception of Cow Paddle which is common land, these functions are typical of an edge-of-town area and include three cemeteries, a crematorium, a permanent traveller settlement, a golf range and bowling centre, and a sewage treatment works.
With the exception of land in the south of the Character Area, Cow Paddle is a low-lying area located in the base of the Witham valley. The area is occupied by a diverse range of uses, of types typically associated with the urban fringe, most of which were established during or slightly before the 20th century.
Lying in the base of the Witham valley, the northern part of the Character Area has historically been subject to flooding and waterlogged areas. However, during the Prehistoric Era [10000 BC–60 AD] the shortest crossing point of the river may have been located towards the north west of the Character Area, and as a result an early causeway may have been constructed. Correspondingly, higher land on the escarpment slope in the south of the Character Area may also have been a focus for Prehistoric settlement or activity.
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