Brayford Character Area (view detailed map) is in a key position in Lincoln sited below the north escarpment and the Cathedral and Castle, and at the confluence of the Fossdyke and River Witham, as well as being close to the commercial and retail centre of High Street and between the city centre and the University.

Although much of the current townscape in the area is from the Modern Period the townscape is still strongly influenced by many earlier, and complex, developments, including the location of the Brayford Pool in prehistoric times, the building plots from the redevelopment of the waterfront in the Early Industrial Period, and the railway.

The character of Brayford Waterfront’s townscape is strongly influenced by the Brayford Pool itself (an expanse of open water) with the River Witham to the south, and the mainly large, modern buildings facing on to the waterfront, along the north, east and south sides of Brayford Pool. The buildings are of varied type, style, massing, height (e.g. two to ten storeys), and form. There are also surviving buildings, of a smaller scale from previous periods of development. The Character Area has a lively character, during both the day and night, with a variety of uses including commercial and leisure, and an educational use as part of the University of Lincoln. The marina, boat traffic, and the wildlife on the water all add to Brayford Pool’s distinctive character. The topography of the Character Area is flat.
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To find out about the Mary Gordon river boat,  the oldest electrically powered craft still in existence, which used to sail on the Brayford and Fossedyke visit
View of Cathedral, Castle, The Glassmill and Lucy Tower Car Park

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Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.22864, -0.54579)
Character Area Type: Commercial
Location: Inner city
Predominant Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Secondary Period: Post-railway Expansion (1846 to 1868 AD)
Average Building Type: Detached
Average Building Density: Medium