West Bridgford is located south of Nottingham city centre and is home to some of the major sporting attractions in the region. Within just a few hundred yards of each other is the third oldest Test Match ground in the world, Trent Bridge, and the City Ground, home to two times European Cup winners, Nottingham Forest and the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.
Given the proximity to such superb sports stadia, there are plenty of places to eat and drink on the streets immediately surrounding Trent Bridge and the City Ground. As you venture into West Bridgford, around Central Avenue and Bridgford Road, there are many good quality bars and restaurants to try out. Along here you’ll find The Monkey Tree, Copper Bar Café and Escabeche – a restaurant offering food inspired by the Mediterranean and brought to you by the same team behind the highly regarded Perkins restaurant.
The West Bridgford and Rushcliffe secondary schools are now both academies. The Becket School is a local Catholic school and The Emmanuel School, a local C of E school. The main primary schools feed into the West Bridgford School. They are the West Bridgford Junior School, Jesse Gray Primary School, Heymann Primary School and Greythorn Primary School.
The number of highly ranked schools in West Bridgford is often cited as a reason for its relatively high property prices. This, along with the gentle nature of the town, a leisure centre and proximity to the south Nottinghamshire countryside, including the Vale of Belvoir, ensure that West Bridgford is a popular location for families to live in.
Most of the main roads in central West Bridgford are named after wealthy families that dominated the town’s early history. There are no ‘Streets’ in West Bridgford, when the town was planned in the Victorian period the planners decided that the term ‘Street’ was too urban, so only ‘Roads’ exist. There are also new developments that are, in effect suburbs of West Bridgford, such as Gamston where the roads are named after the Lake District, and Compton Acres where the roads are named after the Dorset and the Purbeck Coast.
West Bridgford is notably different from the other suburbs of Nottingham in a variety of ways. During the Victorian period, Nottingham was growing rapidly, but development in West Bridgford was restricted, as much of the land was owned by the Musters family.
At the end of the First World War the Musters family sold the Trent Bridge Inn and the Trent Bridge Cricket ground to the cricket club. The club only briefly owned the inn as they resold it to a brewery for a sum in excess of the money they had paid to the Musters. After much pressure, the Musters sold land for building, but they applied strict planning regulations to the area then known as the West Bridgford Estate. This estate was planned over a grid of tree-lined streets. The main roads such as Musters Road had restrictions on the density of housing and house size. All houses were specified to contain a certain number of bedrooms. Smaller houses were permitted on side streets, and terraces were erected on roads such as Exchange Road for the servants of the wealthy Nottingham merchants who bought up property in West Bridgford.
Get in touch with our West Bridgford Office
4 Albert Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 5GQ
Tel: 0115 9455 553
Fax: 0115 9455 372