West Bridgford


"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]



  • The parish was in the Carlton sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 863
1851 H.O. 107 / 2128
1861 R.G. 9 / 2445
1871 R.G. 10 / 3496
1891 R.G. 12 / 2679

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The church was built in the 14th century.
  • The church was restored in 1872 and again in 1899 through 1919.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1951 and 1971.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of St Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559 and is in fair condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Bingham.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist church was built here in 1888.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.
  • Roger TEMPLEMAN has a photograph of the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

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:






Historical Geography

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



  • Bridgford was a Roman settlement.
  • The Saxons built an extensive fortification here to obstruct the Danes in their efforts to cross the Trent River. The Danes at that time held Nottingham.
  • In October, 1875, a great flood inundated much of the village under several feet of water.
  • The floodwaters returned in March, 1947, as this family album snap shows.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK586375 (Lat/Lon: 52.931714, -1.129649), West Bridgford which are provided by:


Military History

  • The War Memorial inside the church is a panelled alabaster and slate plaque presented in 1918.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the outside War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

Military Records

On the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli:

  1. 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.

A portrait of Colonol Sir Lancelot ROLLESTON is to be found in County Hall, West Bridgford. After retiring from the Army he held many offices, including Deputy Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff, and chairman of both Notts County Council and Notts Quarter Sessions.


Names, Geographical

  • 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).

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The township of Gamston became its own Civil Parish when West Bridgford was formed as a Civil Parish.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Bingham Hundred (Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
  • In March, 1889, this parish was reduced in size to enlarge Edwalton Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1935, this parish was enlarged by 831 acres when Edwalton Civil Parish was abolished.
  • In April, 1935, this parish was enlarged by 1,548 acres when South Wilford Civil Parish was abolished.
  • The village is now part of the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



 Year West Bridgford Gamston
1801 235 97
1851 258 124
1861 280 110
1881 293 99
1901 7,018 96


  • The parish had a Free School, latter called a Church of England School. This school was rebuilt in 1865.