- West Bridgford
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Nottinghamfrom West Bridgford
West Bridgford is a town in the county of
Nottinghamshire, England. West Bridgford is a suburb of Nottingham, despite being outside of the administrative boundaries of the City of Nottingham. It lies south of the city boundary, delimited by the River Trent, and forms the largest town in the boroughof Rushcliffeand is also the Administrative centre of Nottinghamshirewith County Hallsituated on its side of the river.
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 townof Nottingham. The town is enclosed by the A52 and the A6011(former A52).
Most of the main roads in West Bridgford are named after wealthy families that dominated the town's early history, however, new developments that are in effect suburbs of the suburb are named after different things. For example, the Gamston development has roads named after the
Lake District, and Compton Acreshas roads named after Dorsetand the Purbeck Coast.
There are 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 and changed them all to 'roads', so today we have "Musters Road" and "South Road". The only 'street' in the town is "Village Street" in Edwalton.
West Bridgford is notably different from the other suburbs of Nottingham in a variety of ways. During the Victorian period, Nottingham was growing fast, 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
breadand lardbehind closed doors. [http://money.independent.co.uk/property/homes/article354181.ece] [http://126.96.36.199/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] . West Bridgford is considered to be one of the most prestigious suburbs of Nottingham, with a high concentration of middle class families with young children(also the one of the highest proportions of older mothers).
* 1801 - 235
* 1851 - 258
* 1901 - 7,018
* 2001 - 43,395
Nottingham Express Transita light rail system opened in Nottinghamin 2004, running from Hucknallin the north to Nottingham railway station(under a mile from West Bridgford town centre) and controversial plans have been made to include West Bridgford in additional phases of this expensive project. Fortunately extensive bus services frequently serve most of West Bridgford.
West Bridgford is serviced by the several arrangements in Nottingham city, namely;
Nottingham City Transport(NCT), Trent Bartonand to a smaller extent Veolia( serve Dunn-Line). Also the Shoplink services operated by Premiere Travel is available.NCT was also the first transport operator in the UK to use RFIDtechnology for its EasyRider bus passes, introduced in 2000.
* Central Avenue
* NCT: 5A Nottingham - Trent Bridge - West Bridgford - Melton Road - Gamston
* NCT: 6 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - West Bridgford - Edwalton
* NCT: N6 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - West Bridgford - Gamston
* NCT: 7 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - West Bridgford - Abbey Park - Gamston
* NCT: 8, 9 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - West Bridgford - Rushcliffe Leisure Centre - Wilford Hill - West Bridgford - Trent Bridge - Nottingham
* TB: 22 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - West Bridgford - Gamston - Tollerton - Cotgrave - Cropwell Bishop - Granby
* NCC: 197 Gamston - West Bridgford - Ruddington - Clifton - Silverdale
* TB: Cotgrave Connection Nottingham - Trent Bridge - West Bridgford - Cotgrave
* TB: Rushcliffe Line Nottingham - Trent Bridge - West Bridgford - Radcliffe On Trent - Gunthorpe - East Bridgford - Bingham
* Loughborough Road
* NCT: 1 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Wilford Green - Clifton - Gotham - East Leake - Loughborough
* NCT: 2, 3 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Wilford Green - Clifton
* NCT: 4 NTU City Campus - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Wilford Green - NTU Clifton Campus
* NCT: 10 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Wilford Hill - Ruddington
* Premiere: 12 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Tollerton - Keyworth - Leicester
* Veolia (Dunn-Line): 19 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Melton Mowbray - Oakham
* Veolia (Dunn-Line): 29 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Kinoulton - Keyworth
* Arriva: 99 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Ruddington - Loughborough - Coalville
* NCC: 191 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Wilford Green - Wilford Village - Silverdale
* TB: Keyworth Connection Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Tollerton - Keyworth
* TB: Ruddington Connection Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Wilford Green - Ruddington - Clifton
* NCT: Skylink Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Loughborough Rd - Wilford Green - Clifton - East Midlands Airport
* Radcliffe Road
* NCT: 11 Nottingham - Meadows - Trent Bridge - Radcliffe Rd - Trent Boulevard
* NCT: 90 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Radcliffe Rd - Farndon - Newark
* TB: Bingham Express Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Radcliffe Rd - Bingham
* Premiere: X1 QMC - Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Radcliffe Rd - Bingham - Whatton
* Musters Road
* NCT: 5 Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Musters Rd - Melton Road - Gamston
* NCC: 197 Siverdale - Clifton - Ruddington - Musters Rd - Central Ave - Gamston
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 Transportin 1968.
West Bridgford was created an
urban sanitary districtin 1891. It became an urban district with an elected council under the Local Government Act 1894. In 1935, the parishes of Edwaltonand South Wilfordwere added to the urban district. This then became part of the larger borough of Rushcliffeunder the Local Government Act 1972.
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 bridgeand a toll bridgenear the [http://www.proweb.co.uk/~roymat/ferry/ferry.html Ferry Inn] linking nearby Wilford village with the Meadows area of Nottingham city. The pedestrianised bridges link particularly well with cycle routes to Nottingham city, 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 is medieval but heavily restored at the end of the nineteenth century.
The average price of a home in West Bridgford is £231,454 which is just above the national average.Fact|date=February 2008
The average price of a detached home is £274,505, which is well above the national average. A semi-detached house is £240,093, a terraced house is £159,216 and a flat is £114,371. These are all above the national average. Fact|date=February 2008
* Abbey Park
West Bridgford should not be confused with
East Bridgford, which lies some miles away and is much smaller.
West Bridgford is renowned for its sporting facilities and heritage.
Nottingham Forest Football Clubplay at the City Groundon the banks of the River Trent. Founded in 1865, the clubs glory days are considered to be 1975 -1993, under its famous manager Brian Cloughwho died in 2004. Under Clough's guidance in the 1977-78 season, Forest became the last team to date to win the English First Division Championship a year after winning promotion from the English Second Division. In 1978-79 Forest went on to win the European Cup after beating F.C Malmo (1-0) in Munich’s Olympic Stadium and retained the trophy again in 1979-80 by beating SV Hamburg(1-0) in Madrid. The club also won the Europe Super Cup and three League Cups. Trent Bridgecricket ground was first used for cricketin 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 Gardensin 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.
National Watersports Centreis 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 Cluband "Nottingham and Union Rowing Club", and a rowing shellmanufacturers, "Raymond Sims Ltd". Several of the town's secondary schools have rowing activities on their curriculum.
West Bridgford's main shopping district runs from "Central Avenue" through "Tudor Square" to "Gordon Road". Multiple retailers in the central area include
Vision Express, Boots, Greggs, a large Co-operativesupermarket, Iceland, Blockbuster Video. Marks & Spencersopened a food supermarket in early 2006. These established chains complement a variety of independent specialist shops like Strawberry Blinds, the BuyTheBook bookshop (pictured right), the independent hardware store, Jayline, and the unique [http://nottingham.openguides.org/?No._8_Deli No.8 Deli] providing fresh, seasonal foods.
There are cafes (such as Bar des Amis, now 'La Vina',
Caffè Neroand the newly opened 'Bella and Jeromes'), pizza chains including Pizza Expressand Pizza Hutas 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:
ASDAin West Bridgford and Morrisonsin 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 Loughbrough Road. However, despite ambitious expansion plans, GEM's British operations were not a success, with only one other store (at Crossgates, Leeds) being opened. National concessionaires withdrew from the stores and in 1966 the fledgling
ASDAcompany (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 this 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 and Edwardian 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 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, particularly after the opening of new drinking establishments such as La Vina (ex-Bar des Amis, September 2007), [http://www.themonkeytree.co.uk Monkey Tree] (under re-development September 2007) and the Pearl. Other drinking establishments include the long running [http://www.westendcabaret.co.uk West End Cabaret] on "Central Avenue", and the [http://www.tynemill.co.uk/Pubs-shaven.html Stratford Haven] on "Stratford Road".
Along with many established local restaurants a new branch of [http://www.pizzaexpress.com/rest/rd426.htm Pizza Express] has opened on "Central Avenue". [http://www.fireandicewb.co.uk Fire&Ice] , a bar/restaurant on "Bridgford Road", featuring an authentic wood-fired pizza oven, has quickly become popular as a venue for late-night drinking along with the very recently refurbished [http://nottingham.openguides.org/?Pearl_Restaurant Oriental Pearl] . Many of the pubs and bars in West Bridgford are frequented by people who live south of Nottingham, before heading onto the larger bars and clubs in Nottingham itself. However, increased interest in West Bridgford has attracted around 20-40% more people from town to stay in West Bridgford according to local taxi firms who say they seem to take more and more people from Nottingham to West Bridgford every week.
There are two state-funded Comprehensive schools, the
West Bridgford School[http://www.wbs.notts.sch.uk/site3/index.php] and [http://www.rushcliffe-school.co.uk Rushcliffe School] . The Becket Schoolis a local Catholic school, although in a separate Local Authorityfrom West Bridgford. The private Grosvenor School is also located on "Melton Road" in Edwalton. The largest site of [http://www.snc.ac.uk/college/default.htm South Nottingham College] is in West Bridgford and the University of Nottinghamand Nottingham Trent Universityare within three miles.
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 beautiful south Nottinghamshire countryside, including the
Vale of Belvoir, ensure that West Bridgford is a popular location for families to live in.
* [http://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=603 Rushcliffe Leisure Centre] – swimming pool and gym.
* [http://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=595 Rushcliffe Arena] – Indoor Bowls and gym.
* [http://www.roko.co.uk/nottingham/ Roko Health Club] - Members-only health club
* [http://www.davidlloydleisure.co.uk/club_zone?club_id=49 David Lloyd Club] – members-only health club.
* [http://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=600 Edwalton Golf Club]
* [http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/home/leisure/libraries/joiningthelibrary/librariesdetails.htm?libraryid=9331 West Bridgford Library]
* Bridgford Park -
* West Bridgford Bowling Club - members-only outdoor bowling.
* [http://www.west-bridge.org.uk West Bridgford Bridge Club]
The Rt Hon
Kenneth Clarke, QC MP lives on Melton Road. Harry Wheatcroft, 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.
Nottingham Forest F.C.and Notts County F.Cplayers live in West Bridgford and adjoining Edwalton.
David Sillitoe, a Staff Photographer for The Guardian, lives in West Bridgford.
Chris Geddes - Baker.
* [http://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk Rushcliffe Borough Council]
* [http://www.westbridgford.net West Bridgford Community Network]
* [http://www.westbridgford.co.uk West Bridgford Directory]
* [http://www.wbcricket.com West Bridgfordians Cricket Club]
* [http://www.wbrfc.co.uk Rugby Club]
* [http://www.wbhockey.co.uk Hockey Club]
* [http://www.wbds.org.uk West Bridgford Dramatic Society]
* [http://www.west-bridge.org.uk West Bridgford Bridge Club]
* [http://www.wbcfc.org West Bridgford Colts Football Club]
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