South Common


The South Common Character Area (view detailed map) is made up almost entirely of South Common, which is a large area of common land on the southeastern boundary of the city, bridging the gap between the built-up area and agricultural fields beyond.

This Character Area and West Common both play an enormous role in reinforcing the setting of Lincoln as an urban area closely linked to its rural surroundings. This is a huge swathe of natural open space that is close to the city centre but also directly adjacent to the agricultural fields that separate Lincoln from the nearby settlements of Canwick and Bracebridge Heath. The fact that this area is common land has resulted in an unmanaged and natural character that gives the impression of being right on the edge of the countryside. The high ridge to the east of the site helps to emphasise a sense of separation from everything beyond the Common.

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View of Northern Escarpment and Lincoln Cathedral from within Character Area

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.21268, -0.53995)
Character Area Type: Common
Location: City fringe
Predominant Period: High Medieval (850 to 1350 AD)
Secondary Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Average Building Type: N/A
Average Building Density: Very Low