For somewhere so close to the Castle and Cathedral area, the James Street and East Bight Character Area (view detailed map) is surprisingly quiet and secluded. The narrowness of James Street and East Bight, and the height of their boundaries make the buildings within the Character Area separate both from each other and from the city more widely. It is situated at the top of the north escarpment, directly north of the Cathedral, and as a result, many of the earlier buildings have religious associations.
A surviving section of Roman wall in the north of the Character Area and its location adjacent to the Roman east gate are evidence that it once formed part of the north-east corner of the Roman walled City.
Despite its close proximity and historical relationship to the Cathedral and Bailgate areas of the city, the Character Area is surprisingly detached from surrounding areas. The narrowness of James Street and East Bight, and the height of their boundaries make the buildings within the Character Area separate both from each other and from the city more widely. Similarly, these roads feel private and do not encourage people to use them as a way of getting around the city. The Area is tucked away behind the rear of properties along more major roads and the very limited access points mean that it is very quiet in terms of both pedestrians and cars. This makes it seem almost ‘hidden’.
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