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Basford, Nottingham

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Basford /ˈbeɪsfərd/1 is a suburb in northern Nottingham Basford parish was absorbed into Nottingham in 1877 It gave its name to the Basford Rural District which existed from 1894 to 1974 The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 16,2072

There is both an Old Basford and a New Basford although New Basford is mainly Victorian Basford lies close to the River Leen, a tributary of the River Trent Basford is located on the main route of the Nottingham Express Transit, which connects it to Nottingham City Centre to the south and Hucknall and Bulwell to the north


  • 1 Toponomy
  • 2 History
  • 3 Demography
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Transport
    • 51 Tram services
  • 6 Places of worship
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Appearing as Baseford in the Domesday survey of 1086;3 Basford contains the Old English personal name Basa, + ford Old English, 'a ford', so 'Basa's ford'4


Close to Basford Register Office is the site of a former workhouse, this was used for Basford and the neighbouring parishes The workhouse later became a maternity hospital and then a psychiatric hospital The hospital is due to be demolishedwhen

Near Vernon Park there used to be a complex of high rise flats which consisted of horizontal and vertical blocks connected together by aerial concrete walkways These were demolished in 1983

Basford has a good range of shops in its extensive area Home to Vernon Park, Basford also has football teams who play in there, and is also home to the Bulwell and Basford Rotary Club5

For many years one of the largest industries in Basford was the manufacture of soap A soap factory was established in Basford in the 1890s by Gerard Bros In 1955 Gerard Bros was acquired by Cussons Sons & Co, manufacturer of Cussons Imperial Leather soap In 2005 the factory was closed and production was moved to Thailand

Basford was well served by railways with no less than three stations bearing its name in one form or another Basford Vernon was the first to be built, on the Midland Railway's Nottingham to Mansfield Line The next built was Basford North on the Great Northern Railway, which was originally called Dob Park from the land it was built on, then later Basford & Bulwell Lastly came New Basford on the Great Central Main Line Basford North and New Basford closed along with the lines on which they were situated Basford Vernon closed in 1964 but the line on which it stood remained open for freight and was subsequently reopened to passengers as the Robin Hood Line; the station did not reopen but is now the site of Basford tram stop on the Nottingham Express Transit

The headquarters of the Nottinghamshire Miners' Association were in Basford for many years6

Basford also had over the years three breweries, though probably only the main one, Shipstones, is widely known The other two were Basford Brewery taken over via Shipstones and the redundant Prince of Wales Brewery in Old Basford which closed over 90 years agowhen However, its buildings remain pretty much as built in the form of Murphy's Chemical Works on Alpine Street


As of the 2011 census, Basford has a population of 17,277; the average household size is 220 people and population density is 4280 people per hectare

Basford is a multi-cultural area with 701% White British, and 299% people of other ethnicities These include: 115% Caribbean, 33% are Indian, 27% Pakistani, 33% European According to the survey, Basford includes people from 51 countries outside the UK, and has a number of gurdwaras, mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples, and churches of Asian, African, European and Caribbean origin 7


Children in the Basford area usually attend Southwark Primary and Infants School, Heathfield Primary School, or Old Basford School The only senior school in the Basford area is the Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, located on Bar Lane Ellis Guilford has been highly refurbished recentlywhen with a new school building, new changing rooms, new sports hall, tennis courts, and football pitches


Tram servicesedit

Basford is served by several stops of the Nottingham Express Transit system:89

  • Basford lines 1 and 2
  • Cinderhill line 2
  • David Lane lines 1 and 2
  • Highbury Vale lines 1 and 2
  • Wilkinson Street lines 1 and 2

Places of worshipedit

There a number of places of worship for several faiths in Basford The Christian denominations have St Aidan's Church Church of England, St Leodegarius Church Church of England and Basford Road Baptist Church The Nottingham Basford Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses also have a hall in Basford


  1. ^ GM Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names Oxford UP, 1971, p 11
  2. ^ "City of Nottingham Ward population 2011" Neighbourhood Statistics Office for National Statistics Retrieved 18 April 2016 
  3. ^ J Morris, ed Domesday Book: Nottinghamshire Chichester, 1977,10:22 inter alia
  4. ^ J Gover, A Mawer & F M Stenton eds, Place Names of Nottinghamshire Cambridge, 1940, p 138; A D Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names Oxford, 2002, p 27; E Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names Oxford, 1960, p 29
  5. ^ "Club Homepage" Rotary1220org 2015-03-08 Retrieved 2015-11-08 
  6. ^ Alan R Griffin, The Miners of Nottinghamshire, vol I, p 180
  7. ^ "Basford - UK Census Data 2011" Ukcensusdatacom Retrieved 2015-11-08 
  8. ^ "Extending your Tram Service" PDF Nottingham Express Transit Retrieved 5 August 2015 
  9. ^ Election Maps Map Ordnance Survey Retrieved 11 August 2015  Viewed for appropriate area with unitary authority ward boundaries and names selected

External linksedit

  • Vernon Park Basford - with photographs

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