Greetwell

Overview

Greetwell Character Area lies to the east of the built up area of Lincoln on land that slopes down to the west and south to the Witham Valley. The area is predominantly agricultural land, with the exception of part of a disused quarry in the west of the area. There are many traces of the area’s historic past including a Roman road (now followed by the line of Wragby Road) possibly from the Roman Military Era [60 – 90 AD], the earthworks of Greetwell medieval village in the southeast of the area, a number of early 19th century field boundaries that persist from the enclosure of Greetwell parish lands, and the route of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) which began construction in the mid-19th century. The agricultural land is divided into a semi-regular pattern of sub-rectangular fields which are put to a mixture of uses including arable, pasture and semi-improved scrubland. These are separated by overgrown hedges and shallow open drainage dykes. The disused quarry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological importance. Quarrying continued until as late as 2003 and some areas have still not fully established vegetation. This area forms part of Lincoln’s rural hinterland to the east. The location of the area between Lincoln and its outlying commuter towns, gives this area a sense of transition between the urban fringe and the open rural hinterland.
Long-ranging views out over Greetwell Character Area’s predominantly agricultural landscape

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.240252, -0.484824)
Character Area Type: Mixed use
Location: Rural hinterland
Predominant Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: Detached
Average Building Density: Very Low