Place:West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England

NameWest Bridgford
TypeTown, Urban district
Coordinates52.933°N 1.133°W
Located inNottinghamshire, England
See alsoRushcliffe District, Nottinghamshire, Englandadministrative district in which it has been located since 1974
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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. The population of the town at the 2011 census was 47,109.

It is part of the Rushcliffe constituency which is held by 'The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, QC', (Conservative Party), who is also a native of West Bridgford. The headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Council has been located here since 1959.


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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 named as streets: for example, Musters Street and South Street.

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 Musters. 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 home. Population:

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

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