Borough of Gedling

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Borough of Gedling
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Arnold, the largest settlement and the administrative centre of the district
Coat of Arms of Gedling.svg
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Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Nottinghamshire
Administrative headquarters Arnold
  TypeGedling Borough Council
   Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  Executive: Labour Party
   MPs: Tom Randall,
Mark Spencer
  Total46.3 sq mi (120.0 km2)
  Rank 197th
  Rank Ranked 204th
  Density2,500/sq mi (980/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 37UE (ONS)
E07000173 (GSS)
Ethnicity94.4% White
2.2% S Asian
1.4% Black British
1.4% Mixed Race
Carlton, the second largest settlement in the borough Carlton across the Trent - - 2237060.jpg
Carlton, the second largest settlement in the borough

Gedling is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England, whose council is based in Arnold, north-east of Nottingham. The population at the time of the 2011 census was 113,543. [1]


It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the urban districts of Arnold and Carlton and part of the rural district of Basford. It is named after the village of Gedling. [2] Other settlements include Burton Joyce, Calverton, Colwick and Ravenshead.


The borough covers settlements which are heavily contiguous with Nottingham which include the towns of Arnold and Carlton. It also covers part of Mapperley and the rural villages of Calverton, Woodborough, Ravenshead and Newstead extending north towards Mansfield.

The Borough is one of contrasts: Arnold has a significant amount of council housing, whereas properties in the Newstead Abbey area of the borough often retail at between £1 million and £3 million.[ citation needed ] The area is split into an urban commuter base and rural farmland.

The Bonington Theatre in Arnold is named after the landscape painter Richard Parkes Bonington. [3] The borough's most famous former resident is Lord Byron, who resided at Newstead Abbey.

In the older part of Gedling is All Hallows Anglican Church. It dates from the 11th century, with the oldest part of the church (the entrance) dating back to 1089. The Mary Hardstaff Homes were built on Arnold Lane in 1936.



Gedling Borough Council is elected every four years, with 41 councillors being elected at each election. Labour has held a majority of the seats on the council since 2011, with John Clarke being leader of the council since then. The most recent election was in 2019 Gedling Borough Council election, and the next election is due in 2023. As at August 2022, the council comprises: [4]

Labour Party 28
Conservative Party 8
Liberal Democrats 3
Independent 2


The borough is covered by two parliamentary constituencies. The more urban part of the borough adjoining Nottingham is in the Gedling constituency, which until 1983 was known as Carlton. This was held by the Conservatives from its creation in 1950 until 1997 when it was taken by the Labour Party. Vernon Coaker was the Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2019. In 2019 it was retaken by the Conservatives and Tom Randall became MP.

The rural part of the borough, including Calverton and Ravenshead, forms part of the Sherwood constituency, whose MP from 1992 to 2010 was Labour's Paddy Tipping. It is now is held by Mark Spencer, who won by 214 votes in the 2010 general election. [ citation needed ] The constituency was created in 1983 and, as the area covered included many ex-mining areas, it was anticipated that it would be an easy target for Labour. However, Andy Stewart, a Conservative, won and held it until 1992. This is perceived to be because the majority of Nottinghamshire miners did not strike during the 1984-85 miners' strike and that the area also contains some of the most affluent areas in the county such as Ravenshead and Newstead Abbey Park.



Coat of arms of Borough of Gedling
Coat of Arms of Gedling.svg
On a wreath of the colours issuant from a mural crown Or in front of two arrows in saltire points downwards a torch Sable enflamed Proper.
Azure an oak tree fructed and eradicated Or on a chief lozengy Argent and Sable tree garbs of the second.
On the dexter side a stag and on the sinister side a bear both Proper.
Omnibus Optimum (The Best For All) [6]

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Gedling.


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Coordinates: 52°58′31″N1°04′33″W / 52.97531°N 1.07597°W / 52.97531; -1.07597