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West Bridgford is a town in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, England, immediately south of the city of Nottingham, delimited by the River Trent It forms a continuous urban area with Nottingham, effectively making it a suburb of the city; this helped lead to it being chosen as the location of the administrative centre for Nottinghamshire County Council The population of the town at the 2011 census was 47,109

As part of the Rushcliffe constituency its MP is The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, QC Conservative Party The headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Council moved to the town in 1959 from the traditional county town of Nottingham The town is enclosed by the A52 and the River Trent

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Public transport
    • 21 Bus services
  • 3 Bridges
  • 4 Local government
  • 5 Geography
  • 6 Architecture and housing
    • 61 Neighbourhoods
    • 62 Nearby places
  • 7 Sporting heritage
  • 8 Retail
  • 9 Education
  • 10 Local facilities
  • 11 Notable residents
  • 12 Media
  • 13 References
  • 14 External links

Historyedit

Most of the main roads in central West Bridgford are named after wealthy families that dominated the town's early history There are also, however, new developments that are, in effect, suburbs of the suburb named after different things For example, the Gamston development has roads named after the Lake District, and Compton Acres has roads named after Dorset and the Purbeck Coast

There are no 'Streets' in West Bridgford When the town was being 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

At the end of the First World War, the Musters family sold the Trent Bridge Inn and the Trent Bridge Cricket ground to the cricket club The club only briefly owned the inn as they resold it to a brewery for a sum in excess of the money they had paid to the Musters1 After much pressure, the Musters sold land for building, 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 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 can only afford to eat bread and lard at home23 Chris Arnot in the Independent commented, 'Bread and lard Not likely – it's all ciabatta and tapenade these days'2 Population:

  • 1801 – 235
  • 1851 – 258
  • 1901 – 7,018
  • 2001 – 43,395
  • 2011 – 45,509

Public transportedit

Nottingham Express Transit, a light rail system opened in Nottingham in 2004, runs from Hucknall in the north to Nottingham railway station and onwards to Clifton in the south or Toton/Chilwell in the west Plans were made to include West Bridgford in future phases of the project Analysis by the joint City Council project has determined it unlikely that the centre of West Bridgford will be part of further evolution of the tram line: it now extends south of the Trent to Clifton along the route of the former Great Central Main Line, which forms part of the boundary of Nottingham and West Bridgford As the city boundary runs to the immediate west of the line the three stations on this part of the route Wilford Lane, Compton Acres, Ruddington Lane are in West Bridgford, and serve western parts of West Bridgford, which opened in August 2015 Extensive bus services frequently serve most of the town

Bus servicesedit

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 Central Avenue – Gamston
  • 6: Nottingham – West Bridgford Central Avenue – Edwalton
  • 7: Nottingham – 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 – Wilford Hill – Ruddington
  • 11: Nottingham – West Bridgford Radcliffe Road – Trent Boulevard

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

  • The Cotgrave: Nottingham – West Bridgford Central Avenue – Cotgrave
  • The Keyworth: Nottingham – West Bridgford Melton Road – Tollerton – Keyworth
  • Rushcliffe Mainline: Nottingham – West Bridgford Trent Bridge and Radcliffe Road – Bingham
  • Rushcliffe Villager : Nottingham – West Bridgford Central Avenue – Radcliffe – Bingham/Cropwell Bishop/Gunthorpe/East Bridgford -

Gamston – Tollerton – Langar – Granby

Kinchbus

  • Kinchbus 9: Nottingham – Bunny – Costock – Rempstone – Loughborough

Centrebus

  • 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

West Bridgford UDC ran its own fleet of buses with a 'chocolate and custard' livery of brown and yellow, merged with Nottingham City Transport in 1968

Bridgesedit

Several bridges across the River Trent allow access to the city of Nottingham The access to Nottingham has been an aspect of the popularity of West Bridgford as a suburbcitation needed

Trent bridge A road bridge with three lanes in both directions It is highly decorated on the sides with carvings that can be seen from the river

Wilford Suspension Bridge

A bicycle and pedestrian bridge to the west of Trent Bridge, linking the town with The Meadows, Nottingham

Wilford Toll Bridge

Since August 2015 this bridge carries part of the tram route Nottingham Express Transit connecting Clifton, Nottingham, Ruddington and Compton Acres suburb of West Bridgford to the centre of Nottingham and beyond The small suburb of Silverdale is served by the adjacent ring road The tram passes by the Becket school and travels through Compton Acres into Clifton

Lady Bay Bridge

A two-lane road bridge, 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, however part of the line's embankment has been converted into a public footpath As a result, parts of railway sleepers and stones can still be seen on the path

Local governmentedit

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 In 1935, the parishes of Edwalton and South Wilford were added to the urban district This then became part of the larger borough of Rushcliffe under the Local Government Act 1972

Geographyedit

The northern boundary of West Bridgford is the River Trent, spanned by two road bridges, Trent Bridge and Lady Bay Bridge, and two pedestrianised bridges consisting of a suspension bridge and a toll bridge 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 housingedit

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 stockcitation needed St Giles Church is medieval but heavily restored at the end of the nineteenth century

  • Sharphill housing development

Planning permission has been granted in 2015 for approximately 1600 houses Much work on the details is soon to be finalisedcitation needed

Neighbourhoodsedit

  • Abbey Park
  • Compton Acres
  • Lady Bay
  • Wilford Hill

Nearby placesedit

  • Nottingham to the north
  • Holme Pierrepont to the north‐east
  • Gamston to the south‐east
  • Edwalton to the south
  • Clifton to the south‐west
  • Wilford to the north‐west

West Bridgford should not be confused with East Bridgford, which is some miles away and much smaller

Sporting heritageedit

West Bridgford is renowned for its sporting facilities and heritage

Nottingham Forest Football Club play at the City Ground on the banks of the River 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 and won a Football League title, two European Cups and four Football League Cups as well as fielding some of Britain's highest regarded players including Peter Shilton, Trevor Francis, Stuart Pearce and Roy Keane

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; the club includes West Bridgford Football Club the Senior section for Colts, which started in 2011 on Saturday afternoons in the Nottinghamshire Senior League Holy Spirit Celtic Sports Club and Edwalton Cavaliers also provide coaching and opportunities for boys and girls to play youth football While adult football is 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 cricket ground was first used for cricket in 1838 and hosted its first Test match in 1899, for England playing against Australia It is the third oldest ground to be used as a Test cricket venue after Lord's in London and Eden Gardens 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, a first-class English cricket club

The Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre 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 clubs, Nottingham Rowing Club and Nottingham and Union Rowing Club, and a rowing shell manufacturers, Raymond Sims Ltd Several of the town's secondary schools have rowing activities on their curriculum

West Bridgford is home to a number of Rugby Clubs, most notably Nottingham Moderns RFC in Wilford village and West Bridgford Rugby Club Additionally Nottingham RFC 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

West Bridgeford Hockey Club is located on Loughborough Road and was the childhood hockey club of Olympic Gold medalist, and former West Bridge resident, Helen Richardson-Walsh

Retailedit

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, Boots, Greggs, a large Co-operative supermarket, Iceland Marks & Spencers opened a food supermarket in early 2006 These established chains complement a variety of independent specialist shops

The numerous cafés include Caffè Nero, Costa Coffee and Philos There are pizza chains including Pizza Express and Mud Crab specialist burger restaurant as well as contemporary restaurants, typified by Spanish restaurant Escabeche, and oriental tapas brasserie Yumacha Cafe Indulge, serving crepes, pancakes and waffles, replaced Five Rivers Indian restaurant in late 2014

Carluccio's Italian deli and restaurant opened mid 2014 on Central Avenue, and The Parlour tea room and bar opened mid 2014 next to Costa Coffee

There are two large food superstores in the area: Asda in West Bridgford and Morrisons in nearby Gamston A Sainsbury's is currently planned for Wilford Lane opposite Roko, next to The Becket School Planning permission has been granted for a large Waitrose in Edwalton next to the planned Sharphill housing developmentcitation needed A small Sainbury's was meant to be built on Melton Road, opposite Dovedale Road, but was pulled out of by Sainsbury'scitation needed Sainsbury's will now be opening a new "Local" further down Melton Road

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 two other stores at Cross Gates, Leeds and Cliff Mill, Dundonald Street, Preston being opened National concessionaires withdrew from the stores and, in 1966, the fledgling Asda 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 The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research, 152, 111–124

Educationedit

The secondary schools are now both academies in West Bridgford, the West Bridgford School4 and Rushcliffe School respectively The Becket School is a local Catholic school, although in a separate Local Authority from West Bridgford, as is The Emmanuel School, a local C of E school The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University are within three miles

The Becket School is fed by primary schools around Nottingham but only one school in West Bridgford; this school is St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School The feeder schools are; Blessed Robert, St Edmund Campion, Our Lady and St Edward's

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

Local facilitiesedit

  • Rushcliffe Arena extended in 2017 with swimming pool, gym and now the offices of Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • Edwalton Golf Club
  • West Bridgford Library
  • Bridgford Park
  • The Studio Theatre – home of West Bridgford Dramatic Society The only registered public theatre in Rushcliffe/West Bridgford
  • West Bridgford Hockey Club

Notable residentsedit

Stuart Broad England and Nottinghamshire cricketer

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, QC MP lives in West Bridgford

Leslie Crowther born 6 February 1933

Harry Wheatcroft, the famous rose grower lived in West Bridgford

Helen Richardson-Walsh, the hockey Olympic Gold medalist grew up in West Bridgeford

Mediaedit

West Bridgford Wire is an online news service serving West Bridgford

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter "A Brief History of Trent Bridge" espncricinfocom Retrieved 21 April 2013 
  2. ^ a b http://moneyindependentcouk/property/homes/article354181ece
  3. ^ https://webarchiveorg/web/20061014105516/nottinghamopenguidesorg/Locale_West_Bridgford
  4. ^ http://wwwwbsnottsschuk/site3/indexphp wbsnottsschuk

External linksedit

  • Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • West Bridgford Community Wiki
  • Lady Bay Electronic Resource

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