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Clifford W Fulford
West Bridgford Resident.
From Kelly's Directory of Nottinghamshire 1922.
WEST BRIDGFORD is a parish, township and village, on the south bank of the river Trent, at the junction of the Grantham canal, 11/2 miles south-by-east from Nottingham, the river being here crossed by a substantial bridge; the parish is in the Rushcliffe division of the county, wapentake of Rushcliffe, Basford union, |Nottingham petty sessional division, county court district and archdeaconry, rural deanery of West Bingham and diocese of Southwell.
Much derided by Nottinghamians as “Bread and Lard Island”, West Bridgford is for the greater part a dormitory town for Nottingham. With a largely by white middle class population anxious to avoid the higher rates across the border, West Bridgford has successfully fought off attempts at annexation by the City Nottingham on several occasions. With backing of the local MP, West Bridford residents have also resisted attempts to introduce much improved accessible transport provision in the form of the modern tram which would have substantial improved travel to and from the City.
West Bridgford has a thriving town centre which consists primarily of coffee shop and restaurant chain outlets together with a remarkable number of Charity shops. It is generally asserted that these establishments, for different reasons are the only ones that can afford the commercial rent and rates. As each of the few remaining independant retailers lease comes up they are forced to look elsewhere.
Twice a month the old Bridgford Park croquet lawn is given over to a “farmers market” where residents can buy produce in a lively market atmosphere at what may be thought to be enhanced prices which include the notorious Bridgford premium.
Albert Heymann, the son of a wealthy lace maker in the City of Nottingham sold the hall and grounds to West Bridgford Urban District Council.