Character and Environment Objectives

The setting of Market Bosworth is considered to be its most striking characteristic. Located at the top of a hill and bound in all directions by a mature wooded landscape, parkland and farmed countryside with green fingers of land penetrating in towards the market place, the settlement is hidden from view except for an occasional glimpse of the spire of St Peter’s Church. The combination of natural landscape and parklands provides dramatic approaches into Market Bosworth as the centre appears unexpectedly with a sharp transition from rural to built form.

The Neighbourhood Area for Market Bosworth is set within the geographical area of the Mease/Sence Lowlands within the Leicestershire Vales. The landscape of this wider area is described by Natural England in the National Character Area Profile 94 and the Historic Landscape Characterisation Project (Leicestershire County Council, 2010).

The frequency of hedgerow trees together with the woodlands, streamside and canalside vegetation, and tree cover associated with the villages and disused railway lines, all serve to contribute to a generally well-treed effect. There are local concentrations of scattered small woodlands around Market Bosworth and Bosworth Country Park, and the larger Ambion Wood immediately south of the Battlefield Centre. These woodlands provide many sites of ecological significance, as do the rivers Sence and Mease and their tributaries, the Ashby Canal, and the Battlefield railway line and the disused sections of railway line to the north and south of it. Willows are frequently found along the lines of the two rivers and their tributary streams, and willows around field ponds are another characteristic feature of the area.

The landscape surrounding Market Bosworth is well wooded with mature trees in the settlement area, a common feature breaking the roofline. The rooftops are visible through the trees although views are typically filtered, consequently the roof line is a regressive and integrated feature of the landscape. The northern, eastern and southern edges are dispersed and set in parkland and woodland. These are soft edges that are mostly screened from view. The south-west fringe and in particular the west fringe lack cohesion with the settlement and form obtrusive features in the landscape.

Market Bosworth has retained its historic origins; the compact centre, shown as area E in the Character Areas Map has remained largely unchanged for centuries.

A functional market place is enclosed on all sides by an attractive and harmonious mix of buildings (style, age, materials and building height).

The principal routes that radiate out from the market place are bound by a tight and well defined building line of two and three storey properties located at the back edge of the pavement. Other routes (Barton Road, Sutton Lane and Rectory Lane) provide a residential and domestic scale with properties being set back from the road with well-defined boundary treatments (hedges, walls and railings) that reinforce strong boundary and building lines.

The centre is a designated Conservation Area with 70 Statutory Listed Buildings. There are other buildings and assets in the settlement which do not currently meet national criteria for statutory listing, nevertheless they are of significant local historic importance and worthy of protection and conservation in their own right. These have been identified in a Local Heritage Asset List in collaboration with the Borough Council and The Market Bosworth Society in accordance with English Heritage Guidance. Non designated assets other than buildings such as archaeology can be found on the historic environment record. The specific assets are listed on the Heritage Gateway at  http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/gateway/