Boultham Mere


The Boultham Mere Character Area (view detailed map) is on the fringe of the City at the intersection of a number of watercourses and railway lines such as the important Fossdyke Navigation. The area contains Boultham Mere itself and woodland including Spike Island.

Historically, the area has been wetland and its character is largely influenced by developments in the 19th century including the railways, their associated structures and the drainage dykes including Main Drain and the 20th century including the mere and woodland. The Fossdyke probably survives from the medieval period or earlier.

Boultham Mere is a lake surrounded by reedbed, wet woodland and embankments. It is primarily managed for nature conservation but has associated recreational and educational uses. The lake is isolated and very tranquil despite being adjacent to a railway line and industrial sites. It is important for its breeding bird population, especially birds of national and regional importance such as bittern, willow tit and common tern. Spike Island is a triangular piece of woodland with very limited access to the public as it is surrounded on all sides by railway lines.
This area of green space is an important component of the character of Lincoln. It is part of a large area of open space on the western side of the City that, together with areas of green space to the east of the city, brings non-urban areas close to the city centre and helps provide the important, close rural setting of the City as a whole.

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View across Boultham Mere with industrial buildings in the background.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.23034, -0.56688)
Character Area Type: Open/Undeveloped
Location: City fringe
Predominant Period: Post-railway Expansion (1846 to 1868 AD)
Secondary Period: Early Industrial (1750 to 1845 AD)
Average Building Type: N/A
Average Building Density: Very Low