Birchwood Fringe


Birchwood Fringe Character Area (view detailed map) is a large residential area mostly built within a short space of time between 1970 and 2000. The majority of the area lies between the Skellingthorpe and Doddington Roads, and forms part of the larger suburb of Birchwood located 3.5km south west of the centre of Lincoln. The character of the area is strongly influenced by natural and semi-natural features including a number of flooded gravel pits, wooded areas, and a prevalence of dispersed mature trees throughout.

 Influences of the area’s rural past are frequently found in the townscape, such has the line of former field boundaries associated with the enclosure of land subsequent to the Agricultural Revolution in the 18th century, and Stone’s Place nursing home which was the house of a large early 19th century farm complex possibly associated with the mid 19th century Hartsholme Estate. Eastern parts of Birchwood Fringe Character Area are strongly influenced by surviving woodland associated with the estate and later plantations, which is now a designated Country Park. The Character Area also borders and contains remains of the 18/19th century woodland plantations, and areas of former gravel extraction, which are now a series of lakes and ponds.

The form and style of modern residential properties varies throughout the Character Area, but are generally coherent within development units, which often have a particular broad style, and contain common townscape characteristics. However, individual houses within development units are often distinguished from neighbouring properties by differing one or more building attributes. Variation within development units is more to do with form on earlier housing dating to the 1970’s, than on more recent houses, which appear more individual as a result of their varying decorative features.

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One and a half storey house at Chalgrove Way with steep pitched roof, low eaves and exterior expressed stone clad chimney

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.21322, -0.5925)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: City fringe
Predominant Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Secondary Period: Post-war (1946 to 1966 AD)
Average Building Type: Detached
Average Building Density: Medium