Norman Street


The Norman Street Character Area (view detailed map) is a key area for Lincoln's road and bus infrastructure situated south east of the city centre. Its character is mainly the result of large-scale re-organisation of an existing Early Industrial [1750-1845 AD] townscape during the expansion and upgrading of road infrastructure in the southern part of the city in the Post-War Period [1946-1966 AD]. The Character Area consists of one major road, Melville Street/Pelham Bridge, three subsidiary roads (Norman Street, Pelham Street and Oxford Street) and the bus station.

Obscure and irregular spaces have been created by the layout of the roads. The larger plots have several uses including a multi-storey car park, a bus station with roof car park, surface-level car parking and Oxford Hall, a student residence. There are also several green areas including an area of grass with planted borders between Pelham Bridge and Pelham Street, plus trees, planters and planted borders at various locations including along the wall of the bus station on Melville Street where trees ‘soften’ this strong boundary.

The relationship of the Character Area to the city and surrounding areas is closely connected to its highways-dominated townscape. It is situated at the corner of the city centre, at the junction of this and the major road network. Its location between the city centre, including nearby market, and an industrial area to the east means that it is well positioned for providing services such as car parking and a bus terminal.

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View from bus station over Pelham Bridge and the surface level car park. South Common and the south escarpment can be seen in the background.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.22689, -0.5373)
Character Area Type: Civic
Location: City centre
Predominant Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: Detached
Average Building Density: Medium