Riseholme Fields Character Area lies immediately to the north of the city of Lincoln forming part of the city’s rural hinterland. The area is in agricultural use, and is bordered on all sides by road infrastructure which serves to disconnect it from the built up area of the city to the south
Traces of nearly 2000 years of the area’s past remain within the Character Area. The western boundary is formed by Ermine Street, a major Roman road built in the Roman Military Era [60 – 90 AD], whilst the south-eastern boundary, the A46, follows the route of a road that has been an important connection between Lincoln and its northern outlying villages since the High Medieval Era [750 – 1350 AD].
The historic development of the area is well attested to within the Character Area with a well preserved agricultural landscape dating to the 18th century typified by a pattern of rectilinear fields defined by hedges and occasionally open shallow drainage dykes. Arable land, pasture and grazed scrubland are all evident. Small areas of woodland, in the form of rectangular or triangular copses, are present and these often surround isolated farmsteads or ponds. A number of large homes and halls were constructed during the Early Industrial Period [1750 – 1845 AD], many of which still survive within the Character Area. There are several farmsteads dispersed throughout the area which are generally accessed by small private lanes. A small number of residential houses are located in the northwest and southwest of the area.
In addition to the intensely farmed fields, the area includes several wetland habitats in the form of dykes, ponds and a watercourse, Nettleham Beck.
The Character Area forms part of Lincoln’s rural hinterland to the north. The close connection of city and countryside is a key characteristic of Lincoln, contributing to the city’s rural setting and maintaining a relationship between the market centre and its rural hinterland that has existed for almost two millennia.
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