Swanpool Garden Suburb

Overview

Swanpool Garden Suburb Character Area (view detailed map) is a rare example of a Garden City style suburb of the early 20th Century and is also an important example of early social housing in Lincoln built by private enterprise. As all the houses were constructed in a short period in the same Arts and Crafts architectural style, the area has a coherent townscape with a strong rhythm. Short rows facing on to corners give added emphasis in some areas and the rows and semi-detached houses are on an almost continuous building line. There is repetition of materials, style and scale although detailing and some elements of form vary on individual houses. The main architectural details include tall chimneys, steep roofs, small windows, upper windows immediately below eaves, rendered frontages in pastel colours and projecting stringcourses. In keeping with Garden City ideals the area has a leafy appearance with mature trees, grass verges and large gardens separated from the public domain by hedges of varying heights.

There are good pedestrian and vehicle links to the neighbouring residential localities to the north east along the continuous residential local road layout. Access to the rest of the city is limited to the entrance to the Character Area from Skellingthorpe Road. There is access to the rural landscape to the north from a gate at the end of Hartsholme Drive.
 
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The Arts and Crafts style of architecture placed a strong emphasis on regional vernacular architecture and exaggerated ‘traditional’ elements such as tall chimneys and steeply pitched roofs

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.21544, -0.57893)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Inter-war (1920 to 1945 AD)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: Terraced
Average Building Density: Medium