Birchwood, Hartsholme and Swanpool: Lincoln’s Outer South-Western Suburbs


This volume in the Survey of Lincoln neighbourhood booklet series examines the southern area of the city that lies west of the level crossings on Skellingthorpe Road and Doddington road. It includes the extensive and diverse housing developments of Birchwood, Hartsholme and Swanpool and the schools and places of worship that were built alongside them. It also explores the largely undeveloped area north of Skellingthorpe Road and south of the Fossdyke. Chapters range across a wide variety of themes and time periods – from Roman times until the 21st century. As with other volumes in the series, this edited collection examines how people lived through exploring the buildings and structures they left behind, some still surviving and others now demolished. Today perhaps the area is best known for its housing and Hartsholme Country Park. This work plots the short life of Hartsholme Hall and examines the extensive residential estate development in the area that spans nine decades of the twentieth century. It also looks at other aspects that perhaps are relatively little known. The work explores the neighbourhood’s links to industry and farming. It highlights the important contribution the area made to the Second World War, with significant RAF and military bases located within the district and strategic wartime supply facilities built to serve the city and beyond . The neighbourhood’s railways are also put under the spotlight. This is a fast-developing part of the city, with a past worthy of investigation. The ‘Birchwood, Hartsholme and Swanpool’ volume examines an area bounded by the following: the Fossdyke to the north; the Lincoln-Newark railway (as it runs parallel to Tritton Road) to the east; Doddington Road to the south; and the A46 bypass to the west. Chapters within the volume examine: · Archaeology; · Land use; · Skellingthorpe Duck Decoy;

· Parliamentary enclosure and drainage;

· Stone’s Place through time;

· The origins of Hartsholme Lake;

· Hartsholme Hall;

· Swanpool Garden Suburb;

· Gravel extraction;

· The railways of the south-western suburbs of Lincoln;

· Boultham Sidings and food storage plants;

· Skellingthorpe Aerodrome and hutments;

· The Hartsholme Housing Estate ;

· The Birchwood Estate: planning a neighbourhood;

· Doddington Park: the second front;

· Schools;

· Places of worship;

· Sports provision;

· Hartsholme Country Park.

The format is similar to other volumes in the series, with chapters illustrated with contemporary and historic images, and a map of the neighbourhood. The 72-page booklet is priced at £6.95. ISBN 978-0-9538650-9-3

Stockists of this title should include:

The Survey of Lincoln (by email)

Waterstones (High Street, Lincoln)

Jews Court Bookshop, Lincoln.

Kay Books Online

Lincolnshire Archives

Lindum Books (4 Bailgate, Lincoln)

Di & Saul Books (Hook, Goole)

If you would be interested in stocking this title - and the earlier booklets - please email for details.