Skellingthorpe Character Area (view detailed map) is a suburban mainly residential Area with some shops, churches and schools. The majority of the current townscape dates from the Inter-War Period although earlier medieval and later, including 19th-century, townscape and landscape elements still have a strong influence on the character. There are large urban blocks with very limited pedestrian permeability. The sense of enclosure along Moorland Avenue with its wide streets and deep setbacks is low although elsewhere in the Character Area the narrower streets give a much stronger sense of enclosure for a suburb. Housing in the Character Area is mainly two storeys high and built in red brick. Some buildings show the influence of the Arts and Crafts style with hipped roofs with deep eaves, tall chimneys and bay windows; this can also be seen in the neighbouring Moorland Character Area.

The current character is strongly influenced by housing development during the Inter-War Period [1919-1945]. With the exception of Skellingthorpe Road and Rookery Lane the streets in the Character Area were laid out in the 1920s and the earliest buildings in the current townscape date from this time. Bell Grove, Moorland Avenue and Roydon Grove had their layouts proposed in 1924 by Naylor, Sale and Woore of Derby and were built in 1925. The construction of St. Helen’s Avenue was proposed by Mrs E Blank, builder, in April 1929. The majority of the housing was built between the 1920s and 1938 with the remainder complete by 1950.

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Two-storey semi-detached houses in red brick on Rookery Lane. The properties have front gardens with a low wall separating them from the pavement.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.21005, -0.56367)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Inter-war (1920 to 1945 AD)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: Semi-detached
Average Building Density: Medium