West Common

Overview

West Common Character Area (view detailed map) is a large area of common land to the west of the city centre that is bisected by Saxilby Road. The proximity of this rural landscape to the centre of the city is a key characteristic of Lincoln. The Character Area forms a continuous swathe of open space reaching all the way from the agricultural areas on the boundary of the city to the city centre. From here there are wide views both towards the Cathedral and the profile of the north Escarpment, and out of the city into the grassland and agricultural land beyond. However, the latter is obscured in some places by the A46, which is raised on an embankment.

The larger area of West Common, to the north of Saxilby Road, includes grassland grazed by horses, an area of grassland that used to be part of The Straight Mile of the Lincoln Racecourse, several plantations, a number of damper inundations, a formal pond and a range of sports facilities such as football pitches, bowling greens and tennis courts.
 
The smaller area to the south is mainly short-mown grassland that has been used as a golf course since 1891.The Grandstand for the former Lincoln Racecourse is also situated on this side of Saxilby Road, facing on to the northern part of the Character Area. When racing meetings were held here, this section of the road was closed and traffic was diverted around the back of the building.
 
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View of the north escarpment from West Common. Included in the view are the Lincoln Cathedral and The Water Tower.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.23799, -0.56025)
Character Area Type: Common
Location: City fringe
Predominant Period: Early Modern (1350 to 1750 AD)
Secondary Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Average Building Type: N/A
Average Building Density: Very Low