West Bridgford

West Bridgford

Overview
West Bridgford is a town in the Rushcliffe
Rushcliffe
Rushcliffe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England. Its council is based in West Bridgford. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the West Bridgford Urban District, the Bingham Rural District and part of Basford Rural District.-Political representation:The...

 borough of Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
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, England
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. It lies immediately south of the city of Nottingham
Nottingham
Nottingham is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire and represents one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group...

, delimited by the River Trent
River Trent
The River Trent is one of the major rivers of England. Its source is in Staffordshire on the southern edge of Biddulph Moor. It flows through the Midlands until it joins the River Ouse at Trent Falls to form the Humber Estuary, which empties into the North Sea below Hull and Immingham.The Trent...

; this proximity means that it forms a continuous urban area with Nottingham, effectively makes West Bridgford a suburb of the city, and means it was chosen as the administrative centre for Nottinghamshire County Council.

As part of the Rushcliffe
Rushcliffe (UK Parliament constituency)
-Elections in the 2000s:-Elections in the 1990s:-Elections in the 80's:-Notes and references:...

 Constituency its MP
Member of Parliament
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 is The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke
Kenneth Clarke
Kenneth Harry "Ken" Clarke, QC, MP is a British Conservative politician, currently Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. He was first elected to Parliament in 1970; and appointed a minister in Edward Heath's government, in 1972, and is one of...

, QC (Conservative Party
Conservative Party (UK)
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).
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West Bridgford is a town in the Rushcliffe
Rushcliffe
Rushcliffe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England. Its council is based in West Bridgford. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the West Bridgford Urban District, the Bingham Rural District and part of Basford Rural District.-Political representation:The...

 borough of Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west...

, England
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

. It lies immediately south of the city of Nottingham
Nottingham
Nottingham is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire and represents one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group...

, delimited by the River Trent
River Trent
The River Trent is one of the major rivers of England. Its source is in Staffordshire on the southern edge of Biddulph Moor. It flows through the Midlands until it joins the River Ouse at Trent Falls to form the Humber Estuary, which empties into the North Sea below Hull and Immingham.The Trent...

; this proximity means that it forms a continuous urban area with Nottingham, effectively makes West Bridgford a suburb of the city, and means it was chosen as the administrative centre for Nottinghamshire County Council.

As part of the Rushcliffe
Rushcliffe (UK Parliament constituency)
-Elections in the 2000s:-Elections in the 1990s:-Elections in the 80's:-Notes and references:...

 Constituency its MP
Member of Parliament
A Member of Parliament is a representative of the voters to a :parliament. In many countries with bicameral parliaments, the term applies specifically to members of the lower house, as upper houses often have a different title, such as senate, and thus also have different titles for its members,...

 is The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke
Kenneth Clarke
Kenneth Harry "Ken" Clarke, QC, MP is a British Conservative politician, currently Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. He was first elected to Parliament in 1970; and appointed a minister in Edward Heath's government, in 1972, and is one of...

, QC (Conservative Party
Conservative Party (UK)
The Conservative Party, formally the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom that adheres to the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. It is the largest political party in the UK, and is currently the largest single party in the House...

). The headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Council moved to the town in 1959 from the traditional county town
County town
A county town is a county's administrative centre in the United Kingdom or Ireland. County towns are usually the location of administrative or judicial functions, or established over time as the de facto main town of a county. The concept of a county town eventually became detached from its...

 of Nottingham
Nottingham
Nottingham is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire and represents one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group...

. The town is enclosed by the A52
A52 road
The A52 is a major road in the East Midlands, England. It runs east from the junction with the A53 at Newcastle-under-Lyme near Stoke-on-Trent via Ashbourne, Derby, Stapleford, Nottingham, West Bridgford, Bingham, Grantham, Boston and Skegness before terminating on the east Lincolnshire coast at...

 and the A6011 (former A52).

History


Most of the main roads in West Bridgford are named after wealthy families that dominated the town's early history, one very relevant example of this would be Luke Thomas Turrill's Road in the Abbey Park area of the town. There are also, however, new developments that are, in effect, suburbs of the suburb named after different things. For example, the Gamston
Gamston, Rushcliffe
Gamston is a civil parish and a suburb of West Bridgford, in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, England. It is situated approximately south-east of Nottingham and is part of the West Bridgford postcode of NG2....

 development has roads named after the Lake District
Lake District
The Lake District, also commonly known as The Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous not only for its lakes and its mountains but also for its associations with the early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth...

, and Compton Acres
Compton Acres
Compton Acres, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire is a housing development located to the south west of the main urban area of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, on the rural-urban fringe. Compton Acres also borders with the villages of Ruddington and Wilford.The name Compton Acres is taken...

 has roads named after Dorset
Dorset
Dorset , is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The county town is Dorchester which is situated in the south. The Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch joined the county with the reorganisation of local government in 1974...

 and the Purbeck Coast
Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. The site stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of ....

.

There no 'Streets' in West Bridgford. When the town was planned in the Victorian period the roads were originally named as streets: for example, Musters Street and South Street. However, the planners eventually decided that the term 'Street' was too urban so today, the town has Musters Road and South Road.

West Bridgford is notably different from the other suburbs of Nottingham in a variety of ways. During the Victorian period, Nottingham was growing rapidly, but development in West Bridgford was restricted, as much of the land was owned by the Musters family.

After much pressure, the Musters sold their land, but they applied strict planning regulations to the area then known as the West Bridgford Estate. This estate was planned over a grid of tree-lined streets. The main roads such as Musters Road had restrictions on the density of housing and house size. All houses were specified to contain a certain number of bedrooms. Smaller houses were permitted on side streets, and terraces were erected on roads such as Exchange Road for the servants of the wealthy Nottingham merchants who bought up property in West Bridgford.

What has resulted from these strict plans is a community that is still very separate from Nottingham. The town has no formal ties with Nottingham. In Nottingham itself, West Bridgford is often called "Bread and Lard Island" in the belief that its inhabitants spend most of their money on big houses and fur coats so they could only afford to eat bread
Bread
Bread is a staple food prepared by cooking a dough of flour and water and often additional ingredients. Doughs are usually baked, but in some cuisines breads are steamed , fried , or baked on an unoiled frying pan . It may be leavened or unleavened...

 and lard
Lard
Lard is pig fat in both its rendered and unrendered forms. Lard was commonly used in many cuisines as a cooking fat or shortening, or as a spread similar to butter. Its use in contemporary cuisine has diminished because of health concerns posed by its saturated-fat content and its often negative...

 behind closed doors. http://money.independent.co.uk/property/homes/article354181.ece http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:INUM0KQpnoMJ:nottingham.openguides.org/%3FLocale_West_Bridgford+%22bread+and+lard+island%22+Nottingham&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2. Chris Arnot in the Independent commented, 'Bread and lard? Not likely - it's all ciabatta and tapenade these days'http://money.independent.co.uk/property/homes/article354181.ece.
Population:
  • 1801 - 235
  • 1851 - 258
  • 1901 - 7,018
  • 2001 - 43,395

Public transport


Nottingham Express Transit
Nottingham Express Transit
Nottingham Express Transit is a light-rail tramway in the Nottingham area in England. The first line opened to the public on 9 March 2004, having cost £200 million to construct. The scheme took sixteen years from conception to implementation...

, a light rail system opened in Nottingham
Nottingham
Nottingham is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire and represents one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group...

 in 2004, runs from Hucknall
Hucknall
Hucknall, formerly known as Hucknall Torkard, is a town in Greater Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, in the district of Ashfield. The town was historically a centre for framework knitting and then for mining but is now a focus for other industries as well providing housing for workers in...

 in the north to Nottingham railway station. Plans had been made to include West Bridgford in future phases of the project, however recent analysis by the joint City Council project has determined it unlikely that West Bridgford will be involved in the further evolution of the tram line. Instead of heading toward West Bridgford, the tram will now extend to Clifton. Extensive bus services frequently serve most of West Bridgford.

Bus services


West Bridgford is serviced by the several arrangements in Nottingham city; Nottingham City Transport
Nottingham City Transport
Nottingham City Transport is the major bus operator of the English city of Nottingham, running a comprehensive network of services in the Greater Nottingham area, with some services continuing to Southwell, Loughborough, and East Midlands Airport. There are over 80 routes across the City, giving...

 (NCT), Trent Barton
Trent Barton
Trent Barton is one of the very small number of significant independent bus operators in the United Kingdom. It was formed as the result of merging Derbyshire's Trent Buses with Nottinghamshire's Barton Transport....

 and, to a smaller extent, Veolia. and the Shoplink services, operated by Premiere Travel. http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/timetable-a.htm

NCT was also the first transport operator in the UK to use RFID technology for its EasyRider bus passes.

Nottingham City Transport
  • 1: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Wilford Green - Clifton - East Leake - Gotham - Loughborough.
  • 2: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Wilford Green - Clifton.
  • 3: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Wilford Green - Clifton.
  • 4: Nottingham Trent University City - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Wilford Green - Nottingham Trent University Clifton (NTU term-time only).
  • 5: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Musters Road) - Gamston.
  • 5A: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Central Avenue) - Gamston (Sun only).
  • 6: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Central Avenue) - Edwalton.
  • 7: Notitngham - West Bridgford (Central Avenue) - Gamston.
  • 8: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Central Avenue) - Wilford Hill.
  • 9: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Central Avenue) - Wilford Hill.
  • 10: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Wolds Estate - Ruddington.
  • 11: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Radcliffe Road) - Trent Boulevard.
  • 11C: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Radcliffe Road) - Trent Boulevard - National Water Sports Centre (Sun only).
  • Skylink: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Wilford Green - Clifton - East Midlands Airport.


Nottingham Community Transport
  • L1: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Wilford Green - Wilford Village - Silverdale.
  • L2: Silverdale - Clifton - Ruddington - Wolds Estate - West Bridgford (Muster Road & Central Avenue) - Gamston.


Trent Barton
  • 22: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Central Avenue) - Gamston - Tollerton - Langar - Granby.
  • Bingham Xprss: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Trent Bridge and Radcliffe Road) - Bingham.
  • Cotgrave Connection: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Central Avenue) - Cotgrave.
  • Keyworth Connection: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Melton Road) - Tollerton - Keyworth.
  • Radcliffe Line: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Central Avenue) - Radcliffe - Bingham/Cropwell Bishop/Gunthorpe/East Bridgford.
  • Ruddington Connection: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Wilford Green - Ruddington - Ruddington Business Park - Clifton.


Premiere Travel
Premiere Travel
Premiere Travel is a family-owned bus and coach operator largely serving the Nottinghamshire area. The company was formed in 2002 with a pair of Leyland Nationals and has developed into a significant size providing mainly local bus services....

  • S1: Clifton - Wilford Green - ASDA - West Bridgford (Rectory Road) - Gamston.
  • S2: Bingham - Gamston - West Bridgford (Rectory Road) - ASDA.
  • S3: Keyworth - Gamston - West Bridgford (Rectory Road)- ASDA.
  • S4: Cropwell Bishop - Tollerton - Gamston - West Bridgford (Rectory Road) - ASDA.
  • Red 1: Bingham - West Bridgford (Radcliffe Road) - Nottingham - Every 15 mins.
  • Red 2: Cotgrave - West Bridgford (Radcliffe Road) - Nottingham
  • X9: Loughborough - Ruddington - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Nottingham - Every 30 mins.


Veolia Dunn-Line)/Paul James
  • 19: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Melton Mowbray - Oakham.


Marshalls
  • 90: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Radcliffe Road) - Farndon - Newark.
  • 90A: Nottingham - West Bridgford (Radcliffe Road) - Farndon - Newark - Balderton.


Midland General
  • Bargain Bus: Cotgrave - West Bridgford (Radcliffe Road) - Nottingham


Kinchbus
  • 9: Loughborough - Rempstone - Bunny - West Bridgford (Loughborough Road) - Nottingham


Historically, West Bridgford UDC ran its own fleet of buses with a 'chocolate and custard' livery of brown and yellow. This was merged with Nottingham City Transport
Nottingham City Transport
Nottingham City Transport is the major bus operator of the English city of Nottingham, running a comprehensive network of services in the Greater Nottingham area, with some services continuing to Southwell, Loughborough, and East Midlands Airport. There are over 80 routes across the City, giving...

 in 1968.

Bridges


Three essential bridges allow rapid access to the city of Nottingham. The easy access to Nottingham has been an important aspect of the high popularity of West Bridgford as a suburb.

Trent Bridge
Trent Bridge (bridge)
Trent Bridge is an iron and stone road bridge across the River Trent in Nottingham, England. It is the principal river crossing for entrance to the city from the south, although the upstream Clifton Bridge is both larger and busier.-Medieval bridge:...



Currently a dual carriageway
Dual carriageway
A dual carriageway is a class of highway with two carriageways for traffic travelling in opposite directions separated by a central reservation...

 road bridge. Plans to include bus lane
Bus lane
A bus lane or bus only lane is a lane restricted to buses, and generally used to speed up public transport that would be otherwise held up by traffic congestion...

s on the bridge are yet to be rolled out.

Wilford Suspension Bridge
Wilford Suspension Bridge
Wilford Suspension Bridge is a combined pedestrian footbridge and aqueduct which crosses the River Trent linking the town of West Bridgford to the Meadows in the city of Nottingham...



A pedestrian bridge to the west of Trent Bridge, linking the town with The Meadows, Nottingham
The Meadows, Nottingham
The Meadows is an area of Nottingham, England located south of the city centre.- Overview :The area is close to the River Trent and is connected to West Bridgford in the Borough of Rushcliffe by Trent Bridge and the Wilford Suspension Bridge...



Lady Bay Bridge
Lady Bay Bridge
Lady Bay Bridge is a road bridge of two lanes that spans the River Trent in West Bridgford, Nottingham. It is the bridge following from Trent Bridge and connects the main thoroughfare of Radcliffe Road with Meadow Lane ..Originally, the bridge was the rail crossing for the Midland Railway from...



Lady Bay Bridge is a road bridge of two lanes that spans the River Trent. The bridge was originally the rail crossing for the Midland Railway's "alternative route" from London to Nottingham via Melton Mowbray. Despite passing right through the middle of West Bridgford, mostly on a high embankment, there was never a West Bridgford station: the nearest station on this line was at Edwalton, and even that closed in July 1941, the line itself in May 1967. Today much of the embankment has been removed and its route built over.

Local government


West Bridgford was created as an urban sanitary district in 1891. It became an urban district with an elected council under the Local Government Act 1894
Local Government Act 1894
The Local Government Act 1894 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that reformed local government in England and Wales outside the County of London. The Act followed the reforms carried out at county level under the Local Government Act 1888...

. In 1935, the parishes of Edwalton and South Wilford
South Wilford
South Wilford was a civil parish in Nottinghamshire from 1894 to 1935. It was formed under the Local Government Act 1894 from the parts of the parishes of Wilford and Lenton which were not part of the county borough of Nottingham. It formed part of the Basford Rural District.In 1935, under a...

 were added to the urban district. This then became part of the larger borough of Rushcliffe
Rushcliffe
Rushcliffe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England. Its council is based in West Bridgford. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the West Bridgford Urban District, the Bingham Rural District and part of Basford Rural District.-Political representation:The...

 under the Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 1972
The Local Government Act 1972 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom that reformed local government in England and Wales on 1 April 1974....

.

Geography


The northern boundary of West Bridgford is the River Trent
River Trent
The River Trent is one of the major rivers of England. Its source is in Staffordshire on the southern edge of Biddulph Moor. It flows through the Midlands until it joins the River Ouse at Trent Falls to form the Humber Estuary, which empties into the North Sea below Hull and Immingham.The Trent...

, spanned by two road bridges, Trent Bridge
Trent Bridge (bridge)
Trent Bridge is an iron and stone road bridge across the River Trent in Nottingham, England. It is the principal river crossing for entrance to the city from the south, although the upstream Clifton Bridge is both larger and busier.-Medieval bridge:...

 and Lady Bay Bridge
Lady Bay Bridge
Lady Bay Bridge is a road bridge of two lanes that spans the River Trent in West Bridgford, Nottingham. It is the bridge following from Trent Bridge and connects the main thoroughfare of Radcliffe Road with Meadow Lane ..Originally, the bridge was the rail crossing for the Midland Railway from...

, and two pedestrianised bridges consisting of a suspension bridge
Suspension bridge
A suspension bridge is a type of bridge in which the deck is hung below suspension cables on vertical suspenders. Outside Tibet and Bhutan, where the first examples of this type of bridge were built in the 15th century, this type of bridge dates from the early 19th century...

 and a toll bridge
Toll bridge
A toll bridge is a bridge over which traffic may pass upon payment of a toll, or fee.- History :The practice of collecting tolls on bridges probably harks back to the days of ferry crossings where people paid a fee to be ferried across stretches of water. As boats became impractical to carry large...

 near the Ferry Inn linking nearby Wilford village with the Meadows area of Nottingham city. The pedestrianised bridges link particularly well with cycling routes to Nottingham, the railway station and the university areas, making several rapid, safe, car-free routes available.

Two spans of the original mediaeval bridge still remain, surrounded by a traffic island on the south side of the river, adjacent to Trent Bridge.

Architecture and housing


The central West Bridgford area has a rich diversity of buildings, mostly Victorian, although the larger properties are being demolished for development as no protection exists for common housing stock. St. Giles Church
St. Giles Church, West Bridgford
St. Giles' Church, West Bridgford is an Anglican parish church in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.The church is Grade II listed by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport as it is a building of special architectural or historic interest.-History:...

 is medieval but heavily restored
Victorian restoration
Victorian restoration is the term commonly used to refer to the widespread and extensive refurbishment and rebuilding of Church of England churches and cathedrals that took place in England and Wales during the 19th-century reign of Queen Victoria...

 at the end of the nineteenth century.

Neighbourhoods

  • Abbey Park
    Abbey Park, Nottinghamshire
    Abbey Park in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire is a housing estate that was constructed in the mid– to late–70s by Costain Homes on land that were previously uncultivated fields and allotments. The Willow Tree pub was constructed at the same time...

  • Compton Acres
    Compton Acres
    Compton Acres, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire is a housing development located to the south west of the main urban area of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, on the rural-urban fringe. Compton Acres also borders with the villages of Ruddington and Wilford.The name Compton Acres is taken...

  • Lady Bay
    Lady Bay
    Lady Bay is an area of West Bridgford, in Nottinghamshire, England, bounded by the River Trent to the north and the Grantham Canal to the south. It is within 2 miles of the centre of Nottingham, but is more suburban/semi-rural in its character...

  • Wilford Hill
    Wilford Hill
    Wilford Hill is a housing development of mainly detached three and four bedroom homes in West Bridgford. Wilford Hill borders the Compton Acres development as well as the older areas of West Bridgford....


Nearby places

  • Nottingham
    Nottingham
    Nottingham is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire and represents one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group...

     to the north
  • Holme Pierrepont
    Holme Pierrepont
    Holme Pierrepont is a hamlet located south of the city of Nottingham in Nottinghamshire, England. It is in the Gamston ward of the Rushcliffe local authority in the East Midlands region....

     to the north‐east
  • Gamston
    Gamston, Rushcliffe
    Gamston is a civil parish and a suburb of West Bridgford, in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, England. It is situated approximately south-east of Nottingham and is part of the West Bridgford postcode of NG2....

     to the south‐east
  • Edwalton
    Edwalton, Nottinghamshire
    Edwalton is a suburb to the south of Nottingham in England, contiguous to West Bridgford and Gamston, and is composed of the older Edwalton village and several, much larger, post-war housing estates.-History:...

     to the south
  • Clifton to the south‐west
  • Wilford
    Wilford
    Wilford is a village close to the centre the city of Nottingham, UK, on the banks of the River Trent. It has been described as a semi-rural village in a city. The village is bounded to the north and west by the River Trent and to the east by the embankment of the now closed Great Central Railway...

     to the north‐west


West Bridgford should not be confused with East Bridgford
East Bridgford
East Bridgford is a village and a civil parish in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, east of the city of Nottingham. It has a population of about 1,800....

, which lies some miles away and is much smaller.

Sporting heritage


West Bridgford is renowned for its sporting facilities and heritage.

Nottingham Forest Football Club
Nottingham Forest F.C.
Nottingham Forest Football Club is an English Association Football club based in West Bridgford, Nottingham, that plays in the Football League Championship...

 play at the City Ground
City Ground
The City Ground is a football stadium in the West Bridgford area of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, on the banks of the River Trent. It has been home to Nottingham Forest Football Club since 1898, and has a capacity of 30,602 ....

 on the banks of the River Trent
River Trent
The River Trent is one of the major rivers of England. Its source is in Staffordshire on the southern edge of Biddulph Moor. It flows through the Midlands until it joins the River Ouse at Trent Falls to form the Humber Estuary, which empties into the North Sea below Hull and Immingham.The Trent...

. The club was founded in 1865 and have played at the City Ground since 1898. Their best achievements came between 1975 and 1993 when they were managed by Brian Clough
Brian Clough
Brian Howard Clough, OBE was an English footballer and football manager. He is most notable for his success with Derby County and Nottingham Forest. His achievement of winning back-to-back European Cups with Nottingham Forest, a traditionally moderate provincial English club, is considered to be...

 and won a Football League title, two European Cups and four Football League Cup
Football League Cup
The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup or, from current sponsorship, the Carling Cup, is an English association football competition. Like the FA Cup, it is played on a knockout basis...

s as well as fielding some of Britain's highest regarded players including Peter Shilton
Peter Shilton
Peter Leslie Shilton OBE is a former English footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He currently holds the record for playing more games for England than anyone else, earning 125 caps....

, Trevor Francis
Trevor Francis
Trevor John Francis , is a former footballer who won the European Cup with Nottingham Forest and played for England 52 times. He was England's first £1 million player...

, Neil Webb
Neil Webb
Neil John Webb is an English former footballer and television pundit. He played as a midfielder and defender between 1980 and 1997 notably for Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United...

 and Stuart Pearce
Stuart Pearce
Stuart Pearce OBE is an English football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of the England national under-21 team and the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic football team...

.

At local level, West Bridgford also has a number of football teams for all ages. West Bridgford Colts FC are one of the largest youth football clubs in the country with over 1000 Club members, running over 50 teams. While adult football is also very well catered for, with clubs such as AFC Bridgford who have been established for many years playing in Nottingham’s biggest Saturday League.

Trent Bridge
Trent Bridge
Trent Bridge is a Test, One-day international and County cricket ground located in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England and is also the headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. As well as International cricket and Nottinghamshire's home games, the ground has hosted the Finals Day of...

 cricket ground was first used for cricket
Cricket
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the...

 in 1838 and hosted its first Test Match
Test cricket
Test cricket is the longest form of the sport of cricket. Test matches are played between national representative teams with "Test status", as determined by the International Cricket Council , with four innings played between two teams of 11 players over a period of up to a maximum five days...

 in 1899, for England playing against Australia. It is the third oldest ground to be used as a Test cricket venue after Lord's
Lord's Cricket Ground
Lord's Cricket Ground is a cricket venue in St John's Wood, London. Named after its founder, Thomas Lord, it is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board , the European Cricket Council and, until August 2005, the...

 in London and Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens is a cricket ground in Kolkata , India. It is the home of the Bengal cricket team and the Indian Premier League's Kolkata Knight Riders, as well as being a Test and One Day International ground. It is the largest cricket stadium in India by seating capacity...

 in Calcutta, India. It has been described by some as the finest Test cricket location in the world.

Trent Bridge is also home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Nottinghamshire, and the current county champions. Its limited overs team is called the Nottinghamshire Outlaws...

, a first-class
First-class cricket
First-class cricket is a class of cricket that consists of matches of three or more days' scheduled duration, that are between two sides of eleven players and are officially adjudged first-class by virtue of the standard of the competing teams...

 English cricket club.

The National Watersports Centre
National Watersports Centre
National Watersports Centre may refer to either of these organisations:* Sport England run Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre near Nottingham on the River Trent* sportscotland run the National Watersports Centre on the Isle of Cumbrae...

 is Britain’s centre for water sports and is located in Holme Pierrepont, next to West Bridgford. Its facilities include a regatta lake, a white water slalom and water‐ski jumps. West Bridgford also hosts two rowing club
Rowing club
A rowing club is a club for people interested in the sport of Rowing. Rowing clubs are usually located near a body of water, whether natural or artificial, that is large enough for manoeuvering of the shells . Clubs usually have racks to store boats and a dock to put them in the water...

s, Nottingham Rowing Club
Nottingham Rowing Club
Nottingham Rowing Club is a rowing club in West Bridgford, Nottingham.The club was formed in 2006 as a merger of the Nottingham Boat Club and the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club, two historic rowing clubs that were established in 1894 and 1869 respectively...

 and Nottingham and Union Rowing Club, and a rowing shell manufacturers, Raymond Sims Ltd. Several of the town's secondary schools
Comprehensive school
A comprehensive school is a state school that does not select its intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude. This is in contrast to the selective school system, where admission is restricted on the basis of a selection criteria. The term is commonly used in relation to the United...

 have rowing
Watercraft rowing
Watercraft rowing is the act of propelling a boat using the motion of oars in the water. The difference between paddling and rowing is that with rowing the oars have a mechanical connection with the boat whereas with paddling the paddles are hand-held with no mechanical connection.This article...

 activities on their curriculum.

West Bridgford is home to a number of Rugby
Rugby union
Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

 Clubs, most notably Nottingham Moderns R.F.C
Nottingham Moderns R.F.C
Nottingham Moderns R.F.C is an amateur Rugby Union team based in Wilford, a suburb of Nottingham, England. The 1st XV currently compete within the RFU English rugby union system, and as of the 2010/2011 season they compete in Midlands 2 East . The club plays at their own Ferryfields ground on the...

 in Wilford village and West Bridgford Rugby Club
West Bridgford RFC
West Bridgford Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club in West Bridgford, England that plays in the Midlands 2 East league.- History :West Bridgford Rugby Football Club began life at its present home on Stamford Road, West Bridgford in 1945...

. Additionally Nottingham R.F.C moved their training base and reserve team ground to Lady Bay following the 2005/6 season in Ireland Road Beeston. They currently play 1st team fixtures at Meadow Lane, just over Trent Bridge from West Bridgford.

Retail


West Bridgford's main shopping district runs from Central Avenue through Tudor Square to Gordon Road. Multiple retailers in the central area include Specsavers Opticians and Hearing centre, Vision Express
Vision Express
Vision Express is one of the four major opticians that control 70% of the British market for spectacles and contact lenses.The company opened its first store in 1988 at the MetroCentre. After buying out LensCrafters' UK base, they further increased their number of stores. They had over 220 stores...

, Boots, Greggs
Greggs
Greggs plc is the largest specialist retail bakery chain in the United Kingdom. It was established in the 1930s as a single shop but has approximately 1,500 outlets....

, a large Co-operative supermarket, Iceland
Iceland (supermarket)
Iceland is a supermarket chain in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Iceland's primary product lines include frozen foods, such as frozen prepared meals and frozen vegetables - hence the name of the company...

, Blockbuster Video. Marks & Spencers opened a food supermarket in early 2006. These established chains complement a variety of independent specialist shops like Strawberry Blinds, Guitar Base music store, hardware store Jayline, and No.8 Deli, and Jolie Lingerie, an independent lingerie store offering a specialist fitting service and designer lingerie.

Cafes include Caffè Nero
Caffè Nero
Caffè Nero or Caffè Nero Group Ltd is an Italian-style coffee shop chain primarily based in the UK. It was founded in 1997 in London as the Caffe Nero Group by Gerry Ford...

 and Philos, as well as the cafe, wine bar & bistro Belle and Jerome, pizza chains include Pizza Express
Pizza Express
PizzaExpress is a restaurant group with over 400 restaurants across the United Kingdom and 40 overseas in China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and the Middle East. It was founded in 1965 by Peter Boizot.In Ireland, PizzaExpress trades under the name Milano....

 and Italian restaurant Felicini as well as contemporary restaurants, typified by Five Rivers serving fusion Indian cuisine. Following refurbishment and street improvements in 2000, the quality of shopping in central West Bridgford has noticeably improved.

There are two food superstores in the area: Asda
Asda
Asda Stores Ltd is a British supermarket chain which retails food, clothing, general merchandise, toys and financial services. It also has a mobile telephone network, , Asda Mobile...

 in West Bridgford and Morrisons
Morrisons
Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc is the fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, headquartered in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The company is usually referred to and is branded as Morrisons formerly Morrison's, and it is part of the FTSE 100 Index of companies...

 in nearby Gamston.

West Bridgford has a place in British retail history as the location of the UK's first major out-of-town shopping development. In 1964, an American company called GEM opened a store on Loughborough Road. However, despite ambitious expansion plans, GEM's British operations were not a success, with only one other store (at Cross Gates, Leeds
Leeds
Leeds is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. In 2001 Leeds' main urban subdivision had a population of 443,247, while the entire city has a population of 798,800 , making it the 30th-most populous city in the European Union.Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial...

) being opened. National concessionaires withdrew from the stores and, in 1966, the fledgling Asda
Asda
Asda Stores Ltd is a British supermarket chain which retails food, clothing, general merchandise, toys and financial services. It also has a mobile telephone network, , Asda Mobile...

 company (then known as 'Associated Dairies') of Leeds, acquired a controlling interest in the GEM operations. The Loughborough Road site still houses a major Asda store, although it was resited and rebuilt some years ago. (For a fuller history of the site and GEM, see Whysall (2005) in International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 15(2), 111-124).

Pubs and restaurants


As West Bridgford expanded in the Victorian
Victorian era
The Victorian era of British history was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence...

 and Edwardian
Edwardian period
The Edwardian era or Edwardian period in the United Kingdom is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910.The death of Queen Victoria in January 1901 and the succession of her son Edward marked the end of the Victorian era...

 periods The West Bridgford Protection Society was formed that worked hard to prevent any licensed premises being opened in West Bridgford. This has meant that there have been a relatively small number of pubs
Public house
A public house, informally known as a pub, is a drinking establishment fundamental to the culture of Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. There are approximately 53,500 public houses in the United Kingdom. This number has been declining every year, so that nearly half of the smaller...

 in the area until recent years. In fact there was no licenced premise of any kind until 1938; at that date the Trent Bridge Inn was still in Nottingham.

In the late 1930s, planning was granted for the Wolds Hotel, effectively a pub (on Loughborough Road) and the Test Match Hotel on Gordon Road. Many of these establishments are called 'Inns' as public houses were prohibited in West Bridgford, but hotels were thought to be more acceptable. In reality, places like the Test Match never operated as a hotel. The Test Match was refurbished a few years ago by its then owners, Hardy and Hansons Kimberley Brewery, and was recognised as the best refurbishment in Britain by CAMRA, reflecting the care and attention given to preserving its distinctive art deco features (which were recognised as important by English Heritage). Hardy and Hansons has since been taken over by Greene King.

March 1970 saw Nottingham Forest Sportsmens Club open its doors to the fans from the Football Club whose name it bears. It was their determination to establish a base from which to follow 'their team' that converted the building immediately outside the Football Ground as a licensed Social Club. Although it now operates independently from the Football Club and its membership has a much broader, although predominantly sporting interest, and fully refurbished (March 2008)it now provides an accessible and relaxing alternative to local pubs.

West Bridgford nightlife has been growing in recent years, with the opening of new food and drink establishments.

Education


There are two state-funded Comprehensive schools, the West Bridgford School
West Bridgford School
The West Bridgford School & Specialist Technology Academy is a co-educational Comprehensive school in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England,-About the school:* It used to be a grammar school.* The school operates a two week timetable system....

 and Rushcliffe School. The Becket School
The Becket School
The Becket School is an 11-18 coeducational Roman Catholic comprehensive school in Nottinghamshire, England. It was formed in 1975 by the amalgamation of two schools, Corpus Christi Grammar School and Becket Grammar School for Boys....

 is a local Catholic school
Catholic school
Catholic schools are maintained parochial schools or education ministries of the Catholic Church. the Church operates the world's largest non-governmental school system...

, although in a separate Local Authority from West Bridgford, as is The Emmanuel School
Emmanuel School of Religion
Emmanuel Christian Seminary is a graduate theological seminary near Johnson City, Tennessee. It was founded in 1965 by church leaders and scholars within the Christian Church and Churches of Christ and the Christian Church who recognized a need for a seminary deeply rooted in the heritage of the...

, a local C of E
Church of England
The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity and dates its formal establishment principally to the mission to England by St...

 school. The private Grosvenor School is also located on Melton Road in Edwalton. The largest site of South Nottingham College
South Nottingham College
South Nottingham College is a further education college based over five sites in Nottinghamshire, England.South Nottingham College was founded in September 1970 on the site of the old Lutterell Comprehensive School on Greythorn Drive West Bridgford....

 is in West Bridgford and the University of Nottingham
University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham is a public research university based in Nottingham, United Kingdom, with further campuses in Ningbo, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...

 and Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University is a public teaching and research university in Nottingham, United Kingdom. It was founded as a new university in 1992 from the existing Trent Polytechnic , however it can trace its roots back to 1843 with the establishment of the Nottingham Government School of Design...

 are within three miles.

The main primary schools in West Bridgford feed into the West Bridgford School. They are West Bridgford Junior School, Jesse Gray Primary School, Heymann Primary School and Greythorn Primary School.

The number of highly ranked schools in West Bridgford is often cited as a reason for its relatively high property prices. This, along with the gentle nature of the town, a leisure centre and proximity to the south Nottinghamshire countryside, including the Vale of Belvoir
Vale of Belvoir
The Vale of Belvoir is an area of natural beauty on the borders of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire in England. Indeed, the name itself derives from the Norman-French for beautiful view.-Extent and geology:...

, ensure that West Bridgford is a popular location for families to live in.

Local facilities


Notable residents


The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke
Kenneth Clarke
Kenneth Harry "Ken" Clarke, QC, MP is a British Conservative politician, currently Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. He was first elected to Parliament in 1970; and appointed a minister in Edward Heath's government, in 1972, and is one of...

, QC MP lives in West Bridgford.

Harry Wheatcroft
Harry Wheatcroft
Harry Wheatcroft was a famous English rose grower. He did a great deal to popularise roses among British gardeners. He was known for his flamboyant appearance and opinions.- Early life :...

, the famous rose grower lived with his family in West Bridgford. The Wheatcroft family garden centre is located in Edwalton, now owned by a chain.

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad
Stuart Christopher John Broad is a cricketer who plays Test and One Day International cricket for England and is currently the captain of their Twenty20 team...

 England and Nottinghamshire cricketer.

Numerous Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Nottinghamshire, and the current county champions. Its limited overs team is called the Nottinghamshire Outlaws...

, Nottingham Forest F.C.
Nottingham Forest F.C.
Nottingham Forest Football Club is an English Association Football club based in West Bridgford, Nottingham, that plays in the Football League Championship...

 and Notts County F.C players live in West Bridgford and adjoining Edwalton.

All members of Bridgford's best live band Splinter Cell reside in West Bridgford.

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