"Bridgeford West, so called from its situation by the bridge over the Trent. It is a pleasant and well built village and parish on the south side of the Trent, one and a half miles south by east of Nottingham. The lordship contains 258 inhabitants and 1,190 acres of land, all belonging to John C. Musters Esq. (a minor), except one estate of 57 acres which is the property of Mr Clifford C. Caunt. The church is dedicated to St Giles, and is a fine, ancient structure with tower and pinnacles, which appears to great advantage, peeping above the trees which surround it. The chancel was repaired at considerable expense in 1833. The tithes were commuted in 1840 for £262. The benefice is a rectory valued in the King's books at £16 4s 2d, now at £388. J. Musters Esq. is the patron, and the Rev. Wm. Musters of Colwick is the rector, for whom the Rev. John Peatfield officiates. The school here was built in 1802 by the Rev. Wm. Thompson, who endowed it with £902 stock for the education of ten poor children, seven from Bridgford and three from Gamston. The master received £15 a year. Bridgford also partakes of Dame Frances Pierrepont's charity." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
West Bridgford is a village, a township and a parish on the south bank of the River Trent at the juntion of the Grantham Canal, 2 miles south-east of Nottingham city. The parish covers 3,046 acres. In 1851, the parish covered 1,720 acres and contained the township of Gamston.
The village has become part of the conurbation that is Nottingham city. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, the A52 trunk road south out of Nottingham city surrounds the parish.
As this is written, no railway service comes to West Bridgford, but light rail service from Nottingham is planned.
Nottingham City Transport and several other bus services run to West Bridgford.
You can see pictures of West Bridgford which are provided by:
ELLIOTT Ainslie, Sgt, Derbyshire Yeomanry, age 29, KiA 22/08/1915, service No 671. Son of the late Mr & Mrs Alfred Elliott, of Prospect House, Swanick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, husband of Elsie Elliott, of 36 Henry Rd, West Bridgford.
Some in Derbyshire refer to this parish as "Bread and Lard Island," an allusion to the fact that you have to cross water to get to West Bridgford from Nottingham, and that Nottingham folk regarded West Bridgford people as pretentious. Living in big houses, wearing smart clothes, yet having to live on Bread and Lard. (Thank you, Brian Binns, 2013).