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    View information about archaeology, ecological areas, views and the Lincoln Archaeological Research Agenda (LARA) for the Character Area you have selected. Choose a layer from the menu on the left hand side of the map and the relevant records for the Character Area will be displayed on the map. Once the information has loaded (this can take 10-30 seconds for areas with a high number of records)click on a record, either on the map or in the list on the left hand side, to find out more. To select another layer press F5, or return to the top of the list of records and select 'Select another layer'. You can find out more about LARA and Views in the 'Historical Eras' section of 'Lincoln Citywide' area of the website.

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  • Monuments
  • Ecological Areas
  • Views
  • LARA: Archaeology Eras

  • Prehistoric
  • Roman Military
  • Roman Colonia
  • Early Medieval
  • High Medieval
  • Early Modern
  • Industrial
  • Show Historical Components

    Below is a list of Historical Components for the Character Area you are in. Each component can still be traced in the character of the current townscape. To find out more look at the 'Historical Development' section of the Character Area Statement, or load up the Monument records in the map above. Historical Componets are particualry useful when using the 'Advanced Search Options' in the 'Search Character Areas' part of the website. 

    Character Element Period
    Defences Roman Military (60AD to 90AD)
    Close Wall High Medieval (850AD to 1350AD)
    Bishop's Palace High Medieval (850AD to 1350AD)
    Cathedral High Medieval (850AD to 1350AD)
    School Post-railway expansion (1846AD to 1867AD)
    Church Late Victorian/Edwardian (1868AD to 1919AD)


For Character Areas within the City of Lincoln, the map loads Lincoln Heritage Database records for the Character Area you have selected, including information on archaeology, streets, buildings and more. Some Character Areas with high numbers of records may take a short time to load. MON numbers refer to the Monument numbers in the Lincoln Heritage Database. For Character Areas outside the City of Lincoln, records are taken from the Lincolnshire County Council's Historic Environment Record (HER)

Other abbreviations:
LC-Lincolnshire Chronicle
SM-Stamford Mercury
LE-Lincolnshire Echo
LCL-Lincoln Central Library
LAO-Lincolnshire Archives Office

Ecological Areas

Find out about the ecology of open spaces within and bordering the Character Area you have selected. Click on an ecological record on the map or in the column on the left hand side and select 'Find out More'. Not all Character Areas have ecological records associated with them.


Discover some of the main views that can be seen from the Character Area you have selected. Click on a view area on the map to find out more. Not all Character Areas have views, but you can see a map of all views in the Citywide section of the website.


(10000BC to 60AD) Find out about what the landscape around Lincoln during the Bronze and Iron Ages

Roman Military

(60AD to 90AD) Find out about the foundation of Lincoln by the Roman army in the 1st century AD

Roman Colonia

(90AD to 410AD) Find out about how Lincoln grew to become one of only three Coloniae in Roman Britain

Early Medieval

(410AD to 850AD) Find out about how Lincoln declined after the collapse of Roman Britain

High Medieval

(850AD to 1350AD) Find out about one of the most prosperous periods of Lincoln's history, when the city was re-established by the Saxons and the Normans

Early Modern

(1350AD to 1750AD) Find out about how the city reacted to a prolonged phase of economic decline, when Lincoln lost some of its major industries


(1750-1945) Find out about how the city responded to the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, and the austere times of the World Wars