Spring Hill


Spring Hill Character Area (view detailed map) is situated on the slope of the north escarpment and the gradient of the slope has heavily influenced both the development of the area as a whole and the design of individual buildings within it. This is an entirely residential area with two main types of building, large detached and semi-detached houses and terraced housing. In the far north of the Character Area and either side of Beaumont Fee are a number of large detached and semi-detached Victorian/Georgian properties. The cutting of terraces into the escarpment later enabled further development to take place on Gibraltar Hill, Stanthaket Court and St. Michael’s Terrace. These areas also contain predominantly large detached and semi-detached properties. Although there are a few Victorian terraced houses along Hungate and at the corner of St. Michael’s Terrace, unusually the majority of the terraces are recent developments set around a courtyard, often with a private gated entrance such as Cordage Court, The Ropery and St. Cuthberts Court.

Since its initial settlement during the Roman Colonia Era, the Character Area has undergone several stages of redevelopment, most recently during the Modern Period. Despite the consecutive stages of development, earlier townscape elements survive, including the route of the Lower Roman city defensive walls, the medieval layout of streets, and the plot boundaries of former medieval churches.

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Cordage Court, which is three-storeys in height with a low-key entrance that conceals the private courtyard to the rear

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Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.23256, -0.541)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Inner city
Predominant Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Secondary Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Average Building Type: Terraced
Average Building Density: High