East Bridgford

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East Bridgford
Church of St Peter, East Bridgford - geograph.org.uk - 955876.jpg
St Peter's Church, East Bridgford dating from the 11th century
East Bridgford is located in Nottinghamshire
East Bridgford
East Bridgford
 East Bridgford shown within Nottinghamshire
District Rushcliffe
Shire county Nottinghamshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NOTTINGHAM
Postcode district NG13
Dialling code 01949
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Newark
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Coordinates: 52°58′52″N 0°58′01″W / 52.981°N 0.967°W / 52.981; -0.967

East Bridgford is a village and a civil parish in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire, east of the city of Nottingham. It has a population of about 1,800.[1]

East Bridgford lies on the southern bank of the River Trent, more or less opposite the village of Gunthorpe. It is on the Trent Valley Way.

Notably, East Bridgford holds an annual village show. Organised by the village Horticultural Society, it was established in 1864 and is held every Feast Week.

History[edit]

"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 (7.7 km2) 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. 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 lepidaries 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 on the village, occupied by Captain Geo. Bohun Martin, Mrs Brooks, and Geo. Beaumont Esq."[2]

The population of the village was 526 in 1801, 1155 in 1851, and 756 in 1901[3] The parish church is that of St. Peter.

Education[edit]

East Bridgford is home to one school, St. Peter's Primary School. Rated 'Outstanding', in the school's last inspection report by Ofsted (2007), it was stated that "this is an outstanding school, in which pupils make excellent progress and reach exceptionally high standards". The Church of England primary school was rated 5th in the country in the 2011 by SATs results achieved.[4][5][6]

Windmills[edit]

There existed two red-brick windmills in East Bridgford, one at the northern and one at the southern end of the village. These are called Kneeton Hills Mill and Stokes' Mill respectively.[7] Some recent photographs of these windmills can be seen.[8] Both have been converted into residential properties.[9]

Kneeton Hills Mill has a datestone of 1841, although cartographic evidence suggests that it was built during the latter half of the 18th century. The windmill originally had four sails on a four-storey tower. The tower was extended by two storeys c. 1841 and fitted with six sails. The mill became disused about 1891.

Stokes' Mill was built c. 1828, with four double-shuttered patent sails on a six-storey tower. It ceased working c. 1912, the sails were struck by lightning in 1928, and the cap, machinery and second-floor gallery were removed c. 1940. The tower is 58 feet high.[10]

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