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125 THE RIDGEWAY

OS REF:SK57601271-SK56851224

In February 2010 The Ridgeway became part of a Conservation Area known as Rothley Ridgeway Conservation Area. A Conservation Area is of special architectural or historic interest. Its character or appearance should be preserved or enhanced when a council makes decisions on potential development within it. A council will seek to ensure a high standard of design for all new development which should be compatible with the locality and utilise appropriate materials.
Rothley Ridgeway Conservation Area extends west from Rothley Court Hotel with its parkland, paddocks and cricket pitch to include the Great Central Railway Station up to the metal clad shed and the railway cutting as far as 20 Swithland Lane. It includes all the houses on The Ridgeway, Swithland Lane, Westfield Lane and Brownhill Crescent. Also included are the Golf Clubhouse, the site of the Roman Villa and all the fields between Westfield Lane and The Ridgeway.

THE ROTHLEY GARDEN SUBURB

The Ridgeway was designed with homes built for an 'Ideal Home Life for Business Men'. For details, please click on the following link:

Site 125 The Ridgeway Ancient Beech Tree 632 with a girth of 4.6m at SK57201253. May 2009

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Ancient Oak Tree 631 with a girth of 3.4m at SK57381253. February 2009

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Ancient Ash Tree 612 (centre) with a girth of 2.3m at SK57601269 standing on an Ancient Temple Boundary. December 2008

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Ancient Oak Tree 613 with a girth of 3.0m at SK57601265 standing on an Ancient Temple Boundary. December 2008

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Looking from Rothley Station end to The Ridings end. May 2006

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Ancient oak Tree 44 with a girth of 3.8m at SK570124. September 2002

Site 125 the Ridgeway. Ancient Walnut Tree 45 with a girth of 2.6m at SK570124. September 2002

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Walnut Tree 46 (to the left) with a girth of 1.6m at SK570124. September 2002

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Walnut Tree 47 with a girth of 1.45m at SK570124. September 2002

The Ridgeway trees are protected by TPO's

Site 125 The Ridgeway. More TPO numbers

Site 125 The Ridgeway. TPO number 56 at the junction with The Ridings

Site 125 The Ridgeway. A Lime Tree meets its death in May 2002

Site 125 The final cutting up of the Lime Tree. May 2002

Site 125 The Ridgeway. A magnificent tree! Oak Tree 136 with a girth of 6.3m at SK575127. The second biggest Oak found in Rothley. April 2003

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Ancient Oak Tree 137 with a girth of 3.9m at SK575127. April 2003

Site 125 The Ridgeway. Looking from Rothley Station with Westfield Farm on the right. February 2010

Site 125 The Ridgeway.Looking from Rothley Station with Westfield Lane to the right. February 2010

ROTHLEY ANCIENT TEMPLE SURVEY (RATS)

RATS STINT 1

Date: 26th November 2008

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard and Marion Vincent

Location: Hickling's Spinney, The Ridings, Rothley

OS Ref: SK 57467 12966-SK57496 12925 (by 34 The Ridings)

SK 57585 12732 (The Ridgeway)

Map Title: Site 270 Hickling's Spinney, Site 158 The Ridings, Site 125 The Ridgeway

Owners:

Hickling's Spinney: No details.

The Ridings: Private houses

The Ridgeway: Public Highway

Our first day out in the field.

We started in Hickling's Spinney, showing as Pool Spinney in the 1842 map as there is a pond in the corner (Pond 45), so our first stint is at the point where the pond stops and the ditch begins.

It is quite a shallow ditch but still we were still able to locate its course through the spinney until we came to the boundary hedgerow with 34 The Ridings where it had been landscaped out. The ditch was rather overgrown with snowberry, a very invasive shrub in most of spinneys in Rothley, especially in this area around The Temple.

It was difficult for me to decide if there was really a hedgerow along this ditch as the spinney had encroached to the point where it was a case of is this original boundary planting or later spinney planting. However, it was interesting to see a spinney with so many Limes as well as Oaks and a few hawthorns here and there. A Hedgerow Survey Form will be completed as this is done for all stints but accuracy of dating will not be possible using Hooper's Rule but done from historical records.

We completed a full Stint 1A and 17 metres of Stint 1B ending in an overgrown Wild Privet next to the boundary of 34 The Ridings.

We called on the owner of 30 The Ridings but there was again no sign of the ditch. However, there is a lovely Oak where the boundary could be and this has a girth of 4.4m and recorded as Tree 611 in the Ancient Tree Survey.

We had to record this end part of The Ridings to The Ridgeway boundary as eroded by landscaping but where the boundary would have been crossing The Ridgeway there is another Oak which is Tree 187 in the hedgerow of The Coppice. We have ended this Stint 1 by this tree at SK57585 12732 and called this Stint 1d.

We therefore have Stint 1a, 17m of 1b, no 1c and just an oak at the end of 1d.

RATS STINT 2

Date: 10th December 2008

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard and Marion Vincent

Location: 47 The Ridgeway, Rothley leading to Riding Spinney

OS Ref: SK5758612723-SK5761312608

Map Title: Site 125 The Ridgeway, Site 117 Riding Spinney

The starting OS reference for this stint is not the exact end of Stint 1 as the actual road has not been included. This stint therefore starts at the front garden boundary of 47 The Ridgeway.

The whole of Stint 2 runs for 99 metres instead of 120 as Stint 2d ends at the summer house before the ancient boundary runs into Riding Spinney which is also owned by Mr and Mrs Joyce.

As you begin this stint there is a good starting line of 3 old individual hawthorns and one stump just by the side of the electricity sub-station. This type of individual hawthorn is a feature of this ancient boundary. Because of landscaping to the gardens there is no evidence of a ditch but it is clear to see from old trees where the line used to be. According to the owner there was a stone road down this line which ran to a now demolished piggery.

In Stint 1a there is a good Ash with a girth of 2.3 metres which has been recorded as Tree 612 in the Ancient Tree Survey.

Stint 2b is ornamental lawn with recently planted trees and shrubs and 2c is similar but with a good Oak with a girth of 3m which has been recorded as Tree 613 in the Ancient Tree Survey. This Oak is maintained by the owners.

Stint 2d runs for 9metres, as it finishes by the summerhouse at the end of the garden and beyond this is Riding Spinney. This point is the site of the demolished piggery.

Were we to have continued with the remaining 21 metres of this stint we would include the potting shed/compost/working area but still showing individual hawthorns of a good size and the ditch which has been eroded by landscaping in the first sections of Stint 2

RATS STINT 3

Date: 10TH December 2008

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard and Marion Vincent

Location: Riding Spinney

OS Ref: SK5761312607

Map Title: Site 117 Riding Spinney

Due to the overgrown vegetation it was decided to do a Spot Stint, as a linear stint together with photography would have been difficult. This spot was to give an idea of the ditch feature which is still in very good condition as we progress through the spinney.

Along this stint there is good evidence of individual ancient hawthorns close to the field side of the ditch and mixed woodland vegetation in the spinney.

Riding Spinney contains a lot of Dogs Mercury which is an ancient woodland indicator plant.

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