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West Bridgford
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Central Avenue, West Bridgford
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West Bridgford
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population47,109 (2011)
OS grid reference SK 58673 37569
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NG2
Dialling code 0115
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
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52°55′55″N1°07′37″W / 52.932°N 1.127°W / 52.932; -1.127 Coordinates: 52°55′55″N1°07′37″W / 52.932°N 1.127°W / 52.932; -1.127
County Hall in West Bridgford County Hall, West Bridgford - geograph.org.uk - 985420.jpg
County Hall in West Bridgford

West Bridgford ( /ˈbrɪfərd/ ) is a town and the administrative centre of the Borough of Rushcliffe in the county of Nottinghamshire, England. It lies immediately south of Nottingham, east of Wilford, north of Ruddington and west of Radcliffe-on-Trent. It is southwest of Colwick and southeast of Beeston which are on the opposite bank of the River Trent. The town is part of the Nottingham Urban Area and had a population of 48,225 in a 2018-estimate. [1]



West Bridgford was founded between 919 and 924 when defences and houses were built at the south end of Trent Bridge. It was established by Edward the Elder to protect Nottingham and the surrounding area against incursions from Danes in the North of England. A survey during Edward's reign indicates that the population at this time was 192 people, 19 of which were farmers. [2]

Most main roads in central West Bridgford are named after wealthy families that dominated its early history. The roads in the Gamston development have names from the Lake District, and Compton Acres from Dorset and the Purbeck Coast.

At the end of the First World War, the Musters family sold the Trent Bridge Inn and Trent Bridge cricket ground to the county cricket club. The club owned the inn briefly, then sold it at a profit to a brewery. [3] After pressure, the Musters sold land for building, but strict planning regulations were stipulated for the West Bridgford Estate. This was planned over a grid of tree-lined roads. The main roads, such as Musters Road, had restrictions on housing density and size. All houses had to contain a specified number of bedrooms. Smaller houses were permitted on side roads and terraces were erected on roads such as Exchange Road for the servants of wealthy Nottingham merchants who had bought West Bridgford property.

The result is a community separate from Nottingham, with no ties of governance to it. In Nottingham, West Bridgford was sometimes dubbed "Bread and Lard Island", implying that its people had spent so much on big houses and fur coats that they could only afford to eat bread and lard. [4] [5] It grew from a small village in the mid-19th century into a town of over 48,000 inhabitants by 2018.


The River Trent separating West Bridgford from Nottingham Nottingham - NG2 (West Bridgford) - geograph.org.uk - 2987647.jpg
The River Trent separating West Bridgford from Nottingham

The northern boundary of West Bridgford is the River Trent. The river is spanned by two road bridges and a pedestrianised bridge allowing access from the town to the city of Nottingham. The bridges link in with safer cycling routes to Nottingham city and railway station, and to the university areas.



St Giles Parish Church, a grade-II listed building in the town and one of its oldest buildings St Giles Church, West Bridgford - geograph.org.uk - 1270204.jpg
St Giles Parish Church, a grade-II listed building in the town and one of its oldest buildings

The central West Bridgford area has a diversity of buildings, mostly Victorian, although larger properties are being demolished for development, as no protection exists for the common housing stock.[ citation needed ] St. Giles Church is medieval, but was heavily restored at the end of the 19th century.


Nearby places

Local government

West Bridgford was created as an urban sanitary district in 1891 and 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.

The town is part of the constituency of Rushcliffe, which is held by Ruth Edwards of the Conservative Party.

Nottinghamshire County Council's headquarters are at County Hall, a municipal building on the south bank of the River Trent. Rushcliffe Borough Council's headquarters are at Rushcliffe Arena, a joint headquarters and leisure facility on Rugby Road.


Nottingham Forest Football Club play at the City Ground near the River Trent. The club was founded in 1865 and has played at the site since 1898. Between 1975 and 1993, Nottingham Forest was managed by Brian Clough and won a Football League title, two European Cups and four Football League Cups as well as fielding players Trevor Francis, John Robertson, Martin O'Neill, Stuart Pearce and Roy Keane.

At local level, West Bridgford has a number of football teams for all ages. West Bridgford Colts FC are the largest FA-approved football organisation in the country, running over 90 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. Also playing in the Nottinghamshire Senior League are Magdala Amateurs who play at the ROKO Ground. [7]

Trent Bridge Cricket Ground was first used in 1838 and held its first test match in 1899, when England played against Australia. It is the third oldest ground used as a test cricket venue after Lord's in London and Eden Gardens in Calcutta, India. Trent Bridge is home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, a first-class cricket club.

There are two rowing clubs in West Bridgford – Nottingham Rowing Club and Nottingham and Union Rowing Club – and a rowing shell manufacturer, Raymond Sims Ltd. Several of the town's secondary schools feature rowing activities.

West Bridgford has two major rugby clubs: Nottingham Moderns RFC in Wilford village and West Bridgford Rugby Club. Nottingham RFC moved its training base and reserve team ground from Ireland Road, Beeston, to Lady Bay after the 2005/2006 season. It plays first-team fixtures at Meadow Lane, just over Trent Bridge from West Bridgford.

West Bridgford Hockey Club on Loughborough Road was the childhood hockey club of Olympic Gold medallist and former West Bridgford resident Helen Richardson-Walsh.


West Bridgford was the location of the UK's first major out-of-town superstore. [8] In 1964, an American company, GEM, opened a store on Loughborough Road. Despite ambitions, GEM's British operations were not a success, with only two other such stores opening. National concessionaires withdrew, and in 1966 the fledgling Asda superstore chain, owned by a Leeds, Yorkshire-based dairy farming conglomerate, Associated Dairies, acquired a controlling interest in the GEM operations. The Loughborough Road site has an Asda store, although it was replaced by a much larger one on land adjacent to the old site in 1999. The original building was demolished and replaced by a car park and petrol station area. [9]

In 2018 Rushcliffe Borough Council appointed a team to recommend improvements and changes to the town. These include better road design, with landscaping points to improve the movement of people from Gordon Road through to Central Avenue. Both roads have independent retailers and national chains. Other proposals include moving Bridgford Road car park underground and putting retail space at ground level.


The West Bridgford School and Rushcliffe School are secondary schools with academy status. The Becket School and The Nottingham Emmanuel School are Catholic and Church of England schools respectively, both in West Bridgford, but operated through Nottingham City Council. The Becket School is fed by primary schools around Nottingham, but only one school in West Bridgford: St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School. The other feeder schools are Blessed Robert, St Edmund Campion, Our Lady and St Edward's.

The West Bridgford School's feeder primary schools are West Bridgford Infant and Junior School, Jesse Gray Primary School, Heymann Primary School and Greythorn Primary School. Rushcliffe School's feeder primary schools are Abbey Road Primary School, Pierpont Gamston Primary School, Edwalton Primary School, Lady Bay Primary School and St Peter's School in Ruddington.

Local facilities



Public transport


Nottingham station is directly northwest of the town across the River Trent. It is the nearest railway station to the town. [11]

The former Manton Route from Nottingham to Melton Mowbray ran to the east of the town although no station was ever built to serve the town. Instead there was a station at Edwalton but it closed to passengers in 1944 with the through line to Nottingham not long after. Only a stub remains in use south of the old station site to Melton Mowbray as a test track. The site of Edwalton station has since been redeveloped for housing. [12]

There was also a station in Ruddington on the Great Central Main Line between Loughborough Central and Nottingham Victoria. But this closed in 1969 and since been left unused.

Bus services

Nottingham City Transport
Nottingham Community Transport
Nottsbus Connect

West Bridgford UDC's own fleet of buses with brown-and-yellow livery merged with Nottingham City Transport in 1968.

Notable residents

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rushcliffe</span> Borough in England

Rushcliffe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England. The population of the Local Authority at the 2011 Census was 111,129. 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.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">A52 road</span> Major road in the East Midlands of England

The A52 is a major road in the East Midlands, England. It runs east from a junction with the A53 at Newcastle-under-Lyme near Stoke-on-Trent via Ashbourne, Derby, Stapleford, Nottingham, West Bridgford, Bingham, Grantham, Boston and Skegness to the east Lincolnshire coast at Mablethorpe. It is approximately 147 miles (237 km) long.

Gamston is a ward, civil parish and a suburb of West Bridgford, in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 2,164. It is situated approximately 3 miles (5 km) south-east of Nottingham and is part of the West Bridgford/Meadows/Sneinton postcode of NG2.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Radford, Nottingham</span> Human settlement in England

Radford is an inner-city area of Nottingham, located just outside the city centre. The appropriate ward of the City of Nottingham Council is called Radford and Park with a population of 21,414. It is bounded to the south by Lenton and to the east by Nottingham City Centre, and comprises around 600 acres (2.4 km2) of land.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ruddington</span> Village in Nottinghamshire, England

Ruddington is a large village in the Borough of Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, England. The village is 5 miles (8 km) south of Nottingham and 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Loughborough. It had a population of 6,441 at the 2001 Census, increasing to 7,216 at the 2011 Census.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rushcliffe (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1885 onwards

Rushcliffe is a constituency in Nottinghamshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament from 2019 by Ruth Edwards, a Conservative.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Clifton, Nottinghamshire</span> Village and Suburb in England

Clifton is a large suburban village and historic manor in the city of Nottingham, England. In 2020 it had an estimated population of 22,749.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wilford Hill</span>

Wilford Hill is the highest point in Nottinghamshire on the Trent's south bank, giving views of the Trent Valley as far as Newark-on-Trent. It is listed as having an elevation of 87m and a prominence of 49m.

Edwalton is an area of West Bridgford in the Borough of Rushcliffe, in Nottinghamshire, England, covering Gamston and the older Edwalton village. The population of the Rushcliffe Ward was 3,908 at the 2011 Census. A 2019 estimate put it at 4,892.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lady Bay, Nottinghamshire</span> Human settlement in England

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.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wilford</span> Village and suburb in England

Wilford is a village in the city of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. The village is to the northeast of Clifton, southwest of West Bridgford, northwest of Ruddington and southwest of Nottingham city centre. It is at a meander of the River Trent.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Silverdale, Nottingham</span> Human settlement in England

Silverdale Estate is a place in Nottingham, England.

Rushcliffe Spencer Academy is a secondary school with academy status in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire and is situated on Boundary Road in West Bridgford, the administrative centre of the Borough of Rushcliffe. It is ranked regularly in the top 100 comprehensive schools in the UK for GCSE results and is in the top 2% of UK comprehensives for A Level results. The School is recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted in all categories.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Meadows, Nottingham</span> Area of Nottingham, England

The Meadows or Meadows is an area of Nottingham, England, south of the city centre, close to the River Trent and connected to West Bridgford in the Borough of Rushcliffe by Trent Bridge and the Wilford Suspension Bridge. Victoria Embankment runs alongside the River Trent to the south of the Meadows and is home to the Nottingham War Memorial Gardens.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Highbury Vale</span> Human settlement in England

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cinderhill</span> Human settlement in England

Cinderhill is an area in the City of Nottingham. It is located roughly 3.1 miles (5.0 km) from the City Centre, and surrounding areas include Bulwell to the north, Aspley and Broxtowe to the south, Basford to the east and Nuthall to the west.

Lutterell Ward is a Rushcliffe Borough Council ward located in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.


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