High Street


The backbone of High Street Character Area (view detailed map) is formed by High Street, a road that follows the alignment of the Roman ‘Ermine Street’, as well as roads leading off it, from the site of St. Martin’s Church in the north to St. Mary-le-Wigford Church to the south. It is the main commercial centre of Lincoln and its townscape is the result of the ongoing, plot-by-plot development of the area since the Roman Military Era. High Bridge, at the centre of the area, has been a strategic bridging point over the River Witham since Roman times.

Much of the character of the area is diverse and varied reflecting its plot-by-plot development and redevelopment of buildings and spaces along its length. Consequently, the area has one of the highest building densities in the city, giving emphasis and prominence to any open spaces as well as buildings which sit within open space. Despite the great variations of built form and streetscape, many of which reflect the fashions, materials, construction techniques and styles contemporary with their periods of construction, there are elementary congruencies as well as patterns that gel the variety of the Character Area’s constituents together. An example might be the prominence and individuality of buildings facing High Street, recognising the street’s long-held status as the city’s premier retail space. The increased use of stone within buildings towards High Street is another manifestation of the long-held prominence of the street in comparison to surrounding areas.
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View down High Street towards Cornhill and the railway crossing.

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Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.22943, -0.54)
Character Area Type: Commercial
Location: City centre
Predominant Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Secondary Period: Early Modern (1350 to 1750 AD)
Average Building Type: Attached buildings
Average Building Density: High