Steep Hill and The Strait


Steep Hill and The Strait Character Area (view detailed map) is a complex townscape, the evolution of which has been influenced by the development of Lincoln since it was first established in the Roman Military Era. Many traces of the area’s development over two thousand years are visible within the current townscape, particularly those associated with growth and expansion during the High Medieval and Post-Railway Expansion Periods. The medieval buildings in this and neighbouring Character Areas are part of a nationally recognised group of residential and commercial medieval buildings.

The Character Area is located on the steepest section of the north escarpment and is an umbilical connecting the lower and upper parts of the city of Lincoln. As well as influencing the built form and layout of the townscape, the steepness of the escarpment slope is a key element of any visit to the Character Area, increasing the depth and complexity of views up the slope, whilst providing more open and long ranging outlooks to the south.

The area is a mixture of residential and commercial properties. It functions as an umbilical between the upper and lower parts of Lincoln city centre and is an important tourist destination.
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View north through The Strait towards Lincoln Cathedral.

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Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.23248, -0.53847)
Character Area Type: Commercial
Location: City centre
Predominant Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Secondary Period: High Medieval (850 to 1350 AD)
Average Building Type: Attached buildings
Average Building Density: High