East Bridgford


"East Bridgford, or Bridgeford on the Hill, is a large and well built village, on the summit of a precipitous bank, that rises on the south side of the Trent, opposite Gunthorpe Ferry. The parish contains 1,155 inhabitants, and 1,910 acres of loamy land, which was enclosed in 1798, when 326 acres (now called New Bridgford), were allotted in lieu of rectorial tithes. The greater part of the parish belongs to Magdalen College, Oxford, with the remainder belonging to several freeholders.
After the conquest, the manor was given to Roger de Busli, who gave the tithes of the hall in Brugeford to the Priory of Blyth. The manor was successively held by the Carpenters, Bisets, Caltofts, Brabazons, Basingburns, Deyncourts and Botcelars, the latter of whom, in the 8th of Edward Fourth, gave their moiety to William, Bishop of Winchester, who bestowed it on Magdalen College, which he had founded at Oxford. The other moiety afterwards passed from Lord Sheffield to the Backers, Chaworths, Scroops, &tc, &tc,.
In the parish is found both opaque and transparent gypsum, the latter of which is very beautiful, and during the last twenty years has been in great demand amongst the lapidaries of Derby and other places, who turn it into beads and various other ornaments, in which it looks as brilliant and richly variegated as the Derbyshire spar. There are several neat mansions in the village, occupied by Captain Geo. Bohua Martin, Mrs Brooks, Geo. Beaumont, Esq.and the Rev. R. William Hut&ins, B.D,, the latter of whom now enjoys the rectory, which is valued in the King's books at £19 18s 6d , now at £752, and is in the patronage of Magdalen College."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Peter's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2020.



  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 853
1851 H.O. 107 / 2139
1861 R.G. 9 / 2483
1871 R.G. 10 / 3546
1881 R.G. 11 / 3380
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church tower was rebuilt in 1778.
  • The church was thoroughly restored and reseated in 1862.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • Julian GUFFOGG has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2017.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1557 and is in good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery #2 of Bingham.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here which was enlarged in 1835.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built here which in 1836.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • Richard VINCE also has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.
  • The Congregationalists had a chapel here also.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

The town lies about 122 miles north of London, 10 miles north-east of Nottingham city, 10 miles south-west from Newark and 23 miles north-north-west of Bingham. The town is on the eastern bank of the River Trent near an ancient ford to Gunthorpe in Nottinghamshire. The parish covers about 1,600 acres.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which East Bridgford has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The Romans had a bridge over the River Trent near here and a quay for vessels to tie up to for loading and unloading. The Roman Fosseway passes within a mile west of the village.
  • Bridgford is the birth-place of Colonel HACKER, who escorted King Charles to his beheading. Afterwards he suffered as a traitor, and his estates were confiscated.
  • In June, 1875, an iron bridge was built across the Trent River to Gunthorpe.
  • In the 1800s, bricks were made here.
  • The parish was known for the fine transparent gypsum that was mined here only 8 or 9 yards below ground.
  • Richard VINCE also has a photograph of the Royal Oak Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.


  • In 1881, Mrs. HACKER lived in the Old Hall


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK691431 (Lat/Lon: 52.980799, -0.972273), East Bridgford which are provided by:


Military History

  • The War Memorial was erected in June, 1920, at the eastern corner of the church graveyard, overlooking the crossroads.

Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial and for the list of names on it, see the Nottinghamshire County Council site.


Names, Geographical

  • Many people want to correct the name to make it "East Bridgeford" (note the "e" at the end of "Bridg"), but the name is correct without the "e". It is listed as such in Youngs "Local Administrative Units, Northern England," 1991, pg 357.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the north division of the ancient Bingham Wapentake in the Southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local East Bridgford Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bingham petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1798.
  • A charitable fund was established in 1792 creating £290 from contributions by the reverends Henry SMITH, Christopher OVEREND and Peter PRIAUX as well as from John WILSON, Sarah KIRK and two unknown donors. The yearly dividends from this fund were given to the poor each February.
  • In 1827, Thomas HOLLAND left £40 for the poor.
  • In 1828, Rev. Peter BROUGHTON left £50 for the poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.
  • In 1837, Rev. Thomas BEAUMONT left £200 for the poor.


Year Inhabitants
1801 526
1811 662
1821 768
1831 938
1841 1,110
1851 1,155
1861 1,078
1871 934
1881 895
1891 866
1901 756
1911 797


  • A National School was built here in 1829 and a new one replaced it in 1861.