St. Francis Yarborough


St. Francis-Yarborough Character Area (view detailed map) has a mix of recreational and educational uses. The sense of open space throughout the area given by the large areas of playing field and open grassed areas, buildings set back from the street in large plots and varied building line is a strong characteristic of this Character Area. The large areas of grass with some mature trees are another strong characteristic of the area. There is a townscape of large, mainly single-storey buildings set well back from the footway within large plots.

Many areas are not overlooked, some areas are in poor condition and there are long stretches of security fencing. Yarborough Leisure Centre acts as a focal point for the area although the large urban block limits vehicle and pedestrian movement across the area. There is heavy traffic along Riseholme Road while the rest of the roads in the area are access roads. The area sees a lot of pedestrian activity, particularly on the playing fields and is connected to the wider city by its recreational uses.

The Character Area was formerly part of the city’s common fields, which may have been laid out as early as the 10th century and were enclosed following an Act of Parliament in 1803. Following enclosure new farms were established with the farmers as tenants of the City Council. Field boundaries of these farms can still be seen in the current townscape e.g. the northern plot boundary of St. Francis School and the eastern boundary of the open space to the north of the Character Area. There is also a kink in the northern plot boundary of St. Francis School, to the rear of 5 to 11 Stainton Gardens, which can be traced back to the perimeter of the yard of the Lincoln Field farm itself.
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Large area of open space within the character area. Most of the area is covered with greenery but there are areas of tarmac that are associated with the former ATC Centre.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.24758, -0.54259)
Character Area Type: Civic
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Post-war (1946 to 1966 AD)
Secondary Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Average Building Type: Attached buildings
Average Building Density: Low