Hykeham Road East

Overview

Hykeham Road East Character Area (view detailed map) is a small suburban area lying approximately 5km south of Lincoln city centre, and is composed of two small residential developments including Grange Crescent, a Post-war [1946-1966 AD] housing estate in the south and Rivermead, a Modern [1967-2008 AD] residential development in the north. Many aspects of the townscape are strongly coherent across the whole Character Area, showing similar approaches towards the construction of housing in the latter half of the 20th century.

Residential development has overwritten much of the former rural landscape, however some traces of earlier activity remain evident such as the High Medieval route of Hykeham Road and the alignments of field boundaries associated with the enclosure of land during the Early Industrial period.

From as early as the High Medieval period [850-1350 AD] Hykeham Road, which runs north/south immediately to the west of the area, carried traffic from outlying medieval villages to Newark Road in the south of the city. The road ruins broadly parallel to the River Witham, and was probably originally located on slightly higher ground which was less prone to flooding than land within the area.
 
During the High Medieval Era it is likely that much of the land within the area was rural in character. Use of lower lying land was probably governed by the seasonal regimes of the River Witham, and it is likely that large parts of the area consisted of water meadows, grazed and exploited for their natural resources. Originally lying outside of the city boundary, land within the Character Area part of Bracebridge Parish, and would have probably been cultivated or grazed during the High Medieval period. It is likely that many of the fields, meadows and land in the area were farmed in common.
 
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Houses on the Post-war development which are quite plain, though they often have one or more projections to the front, including entire wings, one/two storey bay windows, and porches.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.1949, -0.56738)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: City fringe
Predominant Period: Post-war (1946 to 1966 AD)
Secondary Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Average Building Type: Detached
Average Building Density: Medium