Hawkshead Character Area (view detailed map) is a mainly inward-looking Character Area that is isolated from surrounding areas. It is a mainly residential area with some commercial activity in the east of the area and surviving late 18th- and early 19th-century enclosed fields in the north east of the area. Residential buildings are two-storey detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows set in their own plots with half-timber effect decorative detailing repeated throughout the area.
There are a large number of cul-de-sacs and winding roads with most public/private boundaries only marked by a change in surface from the tarmac footway to grass.
The Character Area is next to a ring road and main road with no neighbourhood centre. The supermarket acts as focus of activity, not only for local residents, but also for those from further afield.
Most of the current townscape in this Character Area dates from the Modern Period [1967-2007 AD], although it is possible to trace influences back to the Roman era. Nettleham Road follows part of the route of a Roman road and later medieval road heading north east from the city. The Roman road has not been traced beyond 3km from the city and may have had a ritual focus, possibly a link to a temple of the Romanised Celtic god Rigonemetos. The Roman aqueduct also ran in part along the line of Nettleham Road and through the Character Area to the Roaring Meg stream.
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