Ridge View Road Housing Character Area is a modern residential suburban area on the western fringes of Bracebridge Heath village. It is located on the plateau at the top of Bracebridge escarpment and bounded by the escarpment to the west and Grantham Road, for the most part, to the east.
Construction of housing in the 1960s has left little trace of the area’s past. However, the former Roman road (military period), Ermine Street, forms the majority of the eastern boundary of the Character Area. In addition, a number of the properties have been constructed around the 17th century Red Hall Farm and several aspects of this, such as the former access road, have been adapted into the new developments.
Although there are a number of distinct development units within the Character Area, its character is highly coherent, with many shared characteristics. Furthermore, a lack of major alteration from their original construction forms gives a homogenous quality to the area as a whole.
The area is almost entirely residential housing with the exception of a few commercial properties (e.g. on the corner of Bentley Drive and Grantham Road). There are relatively frequent green spaces throughout the Character Area which are well maintained. There are numerous footpaths and cycle paths to allow foot traffic and ease of movement through the area.
There are some views looking over the escarpment, although these are best appreciated from private houses. Public views are best where the developments have maintained pedestrian access out across the escarpment.
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||Modern (1967 to Current day)
||Early Modern (1350 to 1750 AD)
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