Ruddington

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Coordinates: 52°53′33″N 1°08′59″W / 52.8925°N 1.149722°W / 52.8925; -1.149722

Ruddington
Ruddington is located in Nottinghamshire
Ruddington
Ruddington
 Ruddington shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 6,441 
Civil parish Ruddington
District Rushcliffe
Shire county Nottinghamshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NOTTINGHAM
Postcode district NG11
Dialling code 0115 (921 / 940 / 945 / 984)
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Ruddington is an English village (twinned with Grenay, France) situated five miles south of Nottingham in the Borough of Rushcliffe. It had a population of 6,441 at the 2001 UK census.

An independent community, residents have previously conducted high profile campaigns in an attempt to retain the rural identity as a village and prevent it being subsumed into the adjoining suburban districts of Clifton and West Bridgford. Ruddington is also home to Rushcliffe Country Park, an area developed on the now decommissioned Ruddington Depot.[1]

Ruddington once had a station on the former Great Central Railway (later part of the LNER), the last main line to be built from the north of England to London, opened on 15 March 1899. The station closed on 4 March 1963 but the line remained operational for passenger traffic until 5 May 1969 and for freight until 1974. The line was subsequently dismantled north of Ruddington, but the section south to Loughborough remains in existence as a heritage railway (see Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre below).

Museums[edit]

St Peters School
Stocking Frame at Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum

Ruddington is notable for being the home of three museums.

The Ruddington Village Museum
features authentic Chemists, Ironmongers and Fish and Chip shops from the Edwardian era, all rebuilt part by part inside the building, which was previously the Ruddington Infant and Girls' School.
The Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum
is a unique complex of listed frameshops, cottages, and outbuildings arranged around a garden courtyard, together with a former chapel. The site has been restored to show the working and living conditions of the framework knitters who occupied it throughout the nineteenth century, and is one of the few places in Britain where you can see a working Framework Knitting machine.
Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre
is situated adjacent to the Rushcliffe Country Park. There is a preserved stretch of the now defunct Great Central Railway line extending south to Loughborough. Also home to a Classic Road Transport collection, a miniature railway and many more attractions. The railway works every Sunday and bank holiday Monday from Easter to late October. There are plans to join this stretch to the preserved stretch of the railway from Loughborough to Leicester North.
For more information, see Great Central Railway (preserved).

Transport[edit]

Nottingham City Transport[2]

  • 10: Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Wilford Hill - Ruddington.
NCT Bus 10 - Heading To Ruddington

Premiere Travel

  • 63: Beeston - QMC - Clifton - Ruddington - East Leake - Keyworth.
  • X9: Nottingham - Loughborough Road - Ruddington - A60 - Loughborough.

Nottingham County Council

  • L2: Silverdale - Clifton - Ruddington - Wilford Hill - West Bridgford - Gamston.

Trent Barton

  • Ruddington Connection: Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Wilford Lane - Ruddington - Ruddington Business Park - Clifton.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawson, Margaret (2003). Bombs To Butterflies. ISBN 0-903929-10-4. 
  2. ^ NCT timetable

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