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Clifford W Fulford
West Bridgford Resident.

Location

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 the backing of the local MP, West Bridgford 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 shops 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 independent retailer's leases comes up for renewal it appears that they are forced to look for cheaper premises elsewhere or fold.

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 many may think to be enhanced prices which include the notorious Bridgford premium.

Bridgford Park

History

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. The park was supposed to maintained for the recreation of local residents in perpetuity but there has been successive encroachments in order to build car parks.

Activities

photo.fulford.net_data_i_upload_2016_12_28_20161228104407-cd795e0b-me.jpg When I was a boy there were 7 tennis courts, and a putting green, behind the hall. There was a park keeper and a park keeper's hut. You could rent equipment when you paid for the court or the putting green. Now there are just 2 tennis courts which Rushcliffe Borough failed to maintain or manage for years until Activeace took over the management of the courts. In 2016 when the court surface had become so slick with wear, mud and moss that they were dangerous, even on a damp day, the courts were finally cleaned and resurfaced. Currently the courts are grippy even in the rain.

The park is quite small now and very flat and consists mainly of grass and trees with a few flower beds in front of the hall. There are well maintained asphalt paths and the park is very accessible to people who are mobility impaired.

Refreshments

There is now an al fresco coffee outlet on the edge of the old croquet lawn next to the public toilets. The croquet lawn is used for craft markets and the twice monthly farmers market.

Flora

Fruit Trees

Many of the trees are fruit bearing as they were part of the orchard to the hall. The cherry trees are smided out with fruit. As the trees aren't maintained, a lot of the cherries look a bit misshapen but there is a lot of fruit available if you have the brass neck to bring a set of steps. There are several varieties of crab apple, one that I particular like, has a sweet pink flesh. Elderberry also grows in profusion.

Tree Trail

Many of the trees now have identification plaques on nearby posts. There is a tree walk for which the signboard is near the old hall gates entrance.

Woodland

photo.fulford.net_data_i_upload_2017_02_07_20170207001715-de23e53f-me.jpg There are 4 copses in the park which in recent years have been routinely cleared of undergrowth and wood chippings have been used to enlarge the paths through them. I suspect it may not be that good ecologically but it does look good and makes more of the park accessible.

Fauna

photo.fulford.net_data_i_upload_2017_02_18_20170218221951-d0532ad0-me.jpg Bridgford Park is home to grey squirrels, magpies, pigeons and a couple of very cantankerous crows. Foxes roam the park at dusk but appear to be residents of the adjacent Bridge Fields rather than the park itself.

Artifacts

The old stone mounting block is still in place and the remnants of the haha still remain but they are gradually being eroded.

The cast iron drinking fountain which was hugely popular when I was a kid is still in place but is now surrounded by shrubbery and it is no longer functioning.

Opening Times

The gates are supposed to be open between dawn and dusk but the process is very unreliable.

Sometimes you will find the gates locked at 5.30 or 6pm when it is still quite light until 8pm, other times they will still be open when it is very dark indeed, particularly if there has been a big match at the City Ground or an England game on TV. Bank holidays, the gates aren't locked at all, which I assume is to avoid paying premium rates to the park staff. Bridgford Park Dryad

The eight gates may be locked in clockwise or counter clockwise order starting from any gate at all, so it is quite easy to get locked in. There used to be egress from the gate to the Hall car park but since the renovations started this has been closed off completely.

In extremis I recommend using the wall by the recycling skips. Climb on the wall with the aid of the last tree before the gate, there is a gap in the hedge right there, walk along the wall to the gate and you may find it a relatively simply task for adult or teenage to step over the fence onto the wall on the other side. For the elderley or infirm I guess you will need to call the police.

Frustrating as it is for adult residents the locked gates are welcomed by teenagers as their late night trysts in the summer months are unlikely then to be disturbed.

Play Park

The children's play park is well maintained and is hugely popular even in midwinter if the sun is out. The proximity of shopping and now the al fresco coffee and snacks has made the venue more popular than ever for parents and toddlers.

Sporting Activity

There are a number of outdoor exercise groups including mums, bums and tums that meet regularly in park.There is also a circuit of rude exercise equipment located around the park which empirical evidence would suggest is rarely used.

Activeace provided tots and children's tennis coaching on Saturday mornings, almost whatever the weather and there are adult classes during the week and at weekends. There is a free social tennis evening throughout the year on Wednesday evenings organised by the players themselves. With only two courts now available numbers are restricted so would be attenders are asked to book first.

Events

There are two annual events in the park, the “Lark in the Park” in August. Described as a family fun day I'm afraid that after the first 10 years of minimal variation it does start to get a little tedious for the adults. Children tend to give up on it after the first 5 years.

The other major event, if it doesn't rain, is the Prom in Park where again there are children's activities throughout the day and then a concert in the evening. On a good day the park is packed with picnicers, some of whom bring their own picnic tables and chairs to watch the concert. Some make a party of it and bring their own wine or champagne, booze is also on sale in plastic cups at hugely inflated prices. Presumbly the consumption of alchohol and the use of the copse at these events is in breach of the Borough's PSPO (oublic space protection order) but nobody, least of the all the council seems to care. Slightly older children tend to love the event for a couple of years as they get to run riot in the dark as the day comes to an end. photo.fulford.net_data_i_upload_2017_02_07_20170207001521-8b800f24-me.jpg

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Neighborhoods

Abbey Park

Compton Acres

Gamston

Lady Bay

West Bridgford

Wilford Hill

Economy of West Bridgford

As a dormitory town to Nottingham City across the River Trent, West Bridgford has never been dependant on it's own resources. The local town shopping centre continues to do well but in recent years high rents and business rates have largely driven out independent retails. The shopping centre is now dominated by chain coffee houses and charity shops. The town centre has three small supermarkets in Marks and Spencer, Iceland and the Co-op. M & S occupies the site of the old Manor House, once a club, more latterly a public house. Part of Bridgford Park was given over to the creation of additional public car park when M&S was built. There are two larger supermarkets, ASDA on Loughborough Road and Morrisons on the Gamston Estate.

Although gone from Central Avenue there are still 3 butchers in West Bridgford, one on Abbey Road another on Melton Road and a third in Edwalton. There is also a fishmonger on Melton Road.

There are a considerable number of businesses and independent tradesmen in West Bridgford and some of them may be found in the Business Directory.

Education

West Bridgford has 10 primary schools, 8 state schools and 2 Christian faith based. and four secondary schools, all now academies, 2 of them which are Christian faith based used to primarily to serve the City of Nottingham.

Directory of West Bridgford Schools

West Bridgford Business Directory

Any business, manufacturer, solicitor, retailer, tradesman, educator, carer et can be added to the business directory, the only requirement is that the business must have a business address in West Bridgford. You can added a listing in the appropriate category and or add a page describing your operation. To find a business you can either follow the menus or use the search box to find either business by name or by the services offered. Go to the West Bridgford Business Directory.

Accommodation in West Bridgford

Food in West Bridgford

In the last 10 years a lot of restaurants have opened up in Bridgford. Sadly most of them are instances of chains.

The primary objective is profit and as far as I know, few of them are dedicated independents driven by a love of food. The emphasis is on style and ambiance. The ubiquitous “boil in bag” product is bland at best and sometimes as with the Mud Crab industries' populist and surprisingly popular offering , downright terrible. Escabeche Tapas Bar and Restaurant stands out as a genuine independent that wants to stay that way.

The takeaways are not much better. I used to think that the chief reason for opening as a takeway was to avoid the overheads of running a restaurant and thus substantially cutting costs. Well maybe it still is but the saving in Bridgford does not appear to be passed on to the customer. A takeaway in Bridgford is often equally as expensive a restaurant and considerably dearer than eating in a Pub. If your looking for a quick cheap takeaway style meal, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese or Thai and have access to a microwave, Iceland is probably a better option. If you want something of considerably higher quality The excellent Cook providing heat it your self, quality frozen takeaway at around £12 per head, is probably the best option.

Sport in West Bridgford

West Bridgford Sports Directory. Nottingham Forest's City Ground, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club's Trent Bridge Test and County Cricket Ground, The National Water Sports Centre, at Holme Pierrepont and Nottingham Rugby Club at the old Boot's sports ground, now apparently called “The Bay” (though not by anyone that I know)are just the tip of the iceberg. West Bridgford has an astonishing array of sports facilities. Add your club or association to the

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Clubs & Associations in West Bridgford

The number of cubs, scout, brownie and girl guide troops in West Bridgford has it appears declined significantly since 2013 but there are still a handfull. There is also a Boys Brigade still listed at St Giles but no Woodcraft Folk.

Brownies in West Bridgford

Transport

Bus Services

Parking

Parking is a major issue in many parts of West Bridgford. In the streets between Musters Road and Loughborough Road the parking situation is so bad it is sometimes difficult to even drive down the road as there is insufficent room for two cars to pass between the parked vehicles.

In the streets between Bridgford Park and Radcliffe Road the conflict is not just between residents competing for space. Would be shoppers seek to avoid the parking charges on the official car parks and cruise the streets behind the park looking for a space. This is compounded on match days when they are also competing with football supporters also looking for free parking within walking distance of the Forest City Ground. The football fans are at least only blocking access for residents for an afternoon as a rule whereas the cricket fans will leave their cars outside your home for anything up to 5 days while staying with friends or using the local guest houses and hotels. When Rushcliffe Borough Council introduced night time parking charges in the Library and Nursery and Gordan Rd car parks they ensured that the night time economy workers would stop using them for the duration of their shifts and took to parking in local streets as well.

A few years ago the residents of Edward, Crosby, Ella, Trevellian and Te and Mabel Grove were given the option of voting for a residents parking scheme. The intial results were in favout but then a campaign by the bread and lard islanders led to the decsion being overturned. In response dozen of residents have removed their front garden walls, paved over their gardens and had crossovers put in. One of the objectives of this investmet is to reserve the space outside their homes as it is illegal to park in such a way as to block access to a crossover. The residents are safe in knowledge that if they do park in such a fashion that noone is likely to complain to the police and that if they did the police would take no action anyway so long as no car was trapped and unable to leave the hard standing.Some suggest that the paving over of the front gardens causes substantial ecological damage and increases the flood risk significantly.

The decline of public sensibility in West Bridgford is noticable in last couple of years. We now have residents parking across the pavement, even when they have sufficient hardstanding on their property. For several years it has been an irritant that selfish parking causing inconvience and risk to their neighbors by leaving cars jutting out onto the pavement but now, ordinary middle class familys feel that their own convience is of such paramount importance that they will park fully across the pavement with second or third cars perpendicular to them on the road. This force the elderly and infirm, mothers with push chairs and school children out into the middle of the road to get by. It is dreadful to think what social attitudes their children will be growing up with.

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