South Common Fringe

Overview

South Common Fringe Character Area (view detailed map) is located around the periphery of South Common and forms a transition between Lincoln’s rural hinterland and historic core. Buildings within the area face the common and form a prominent southern fringe and gateway to the city, which remains strongly Late Victorian/Edwardian in character. Views of both the south and north escarpments consolidate the area’s role as a departure and arrival point to and from the city.

The junction of St. Catherines, South Park, and High Street is a major transport node in the southern part of Lincoln, and has historically functioned as a gateway to the lower medieval city and the suburb of Wigford. The orientation of High Street and St. Catherine’s follows the route of the Fosse Way, a road dating to the Roman Military Era.

The development of South Common Fringe Character Area has been strongly influenced by its position on the southern rural fringe of the city for over a millennium. As a result, the modern-day character of the area illustrates the way in which rural parishes lying to the south have interacted with the city, but also how the townscape of the city, particularly during the prosperous Post-Railway Expansion Period [1846-1868 AD] and Late Victorian/Edwardian Period [1869-1919 AD], has engaged with its outlying rurality.

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Larger property, with more bespoke decoration in comparison to other properties in the area including detailing in the form of stone work above arched windows and decorative detail in the eaves and gable of the property.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.21398, -0.54465)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Inner suburbs
Predominant Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Secondary Period: Inter-war (1920 to 1945 AD)
Average Building Type: Detached
Average Building Density: Medium