Ruddington shown within Nottinghamshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||0115 (921 / 940 / 945 / 984)|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
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.
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).
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).
Nottingham City Transport
- 10: Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Wilford Hill - Ruddington.
- 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.
- Ruddington Connection: Nottingham - Trent Bridge - Wilford Lane - Ruddington - Ruddington Business Park - Clifton.
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