Stapleford, Nottinghamshire

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Coordinates: 52°55′46″N 1°16′28″W / 52.9294°N 1.2745°W / 52.9294; -1.2745

Stapleford
Stapleford is located in Nottinghamshire
Stapleford
Stapleford
 Stapleford shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 16,910 
District Broxtowe
Shire county Nottinghamshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NOTTINGHAM
Postcode district NG9
Dialling code 0115
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Broxtowe
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Stapleford is a town in the county of Nottinghamshire, England some 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) west of the centre of Nottingham.

Geography[edit]

Stapleford lies on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. To the north of Stapleford is Ilkeston and to the east is Beeston. To the west across the River Erewash is Sandiacre, and to the south is Toton.

Politics[edit]

Stapleford is part of Broxtowe Borough and the Broxtowe Parliamentary Constituency. From 1935 until 1974 Stapleford was paired with the town of Beeston in the Beeston and Stapleford Urban District, having previously been part of the Stapleford Rural District.[1] The town was parished in 1987 and now has a town council.

The local MP is Anna Soubry of the Conservative Party from May 2010, and the town is represented on both Nottinghamshire County Council and the borough council by the Liberal Democrats. The town council is also Liberal Democrat. This is a rare situation in the East Midlands.

Brief history[edit]

Stapleford's origins can be traced to before Norman times.[2] In the churchyard of St Helen's church is the Stone Cross which dates back to Saxon times and is said to be the oldest Christian memorial in the Midlands.[3] Stapleford owed its development in part to its closeness to the River Trent and the River Erewash as the town became a central point for trade. The antiquary John Weever defined a staple town "to be a place, to which by the prince's authority and privilege wool, hides of beasts, wine, corn or grain, and other exotic or foreign merchandize are transferred, carried or conveyed to be sold."[4] The area also expanded during the late 18th century when the stocking hose trade thrived in the Midlands. Evidence of this history can be found today with the original Stocking Knitters Houses still standing alongside more modern properties and shops such as on Nottingham Road. The main crossroads in Stapleford at the junction of Nottingham Road, Derby Road, Toton Lane and Church Street is called The Roach. The name is from the time when French prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars were set the task of cutting through rock to create roads and this was referred to as the 'La Roche'.

Stapleford is also home to the Hemlock Stone, which is situated on Stapleford Hill. It is approximately 200 million years old, dating back to the Triassic Period. Many theories surround why it exists.

During March 2006, a new NHS Health Centre and 'Walk-In Centre' was opened in the town (the Walk in Centre is now closed) A Sainsbury's local was opened on the site of the former Total petrol station in 2007. The town is often referred to informally as "Stabbo".[5]

More recently it is the home of the Full Mash microbrewery,[6] currently producing 5 BBL. The brewery regularly features in the Locale scheme.[citation needed]

Famous people[edit]

Schools and colleges[edit]

Primary schools[edit]

  • Albany Infant and Nursery School
  • Albany Junior School
  • Fairfield Primary School
  • Wadsworth Fields Primary School (formerly Fredrick Harrison's Infant school & Stevenson's Junior School)
  • St John's C of E Primary School (The oldest building still in use as a school in Nottinghamshire)[8]
  • William Lilley Infant and Nursery School

Secondary schools[edit]

Colleges[edit]

Transport[edit]

Road transport is the primary method of transport in and out of the area. East Midlands Airport is approximately 16 kilometres away, the airport provides domestic and international routes, focused mainly on EU/EEA/Swiss routes.

Bus[edit]

Bus services operate to Nottingham, Derby, Beeston, Ilkeston and other local towns.

Trent Barton

  • i4: Nottingham - QMC - Stapleford - Sandiacre - Risley - Derby.
  • 15: Old Sawley - Stapleford - Ilkeston.
  • 18: Nottingham - QMC - University Boulevard - Boots - Beeston - Stapleford.
  • 20: Nottingham - QMC - University Boulevard - Boots - Beeston - Ilkeston - Heanor. (Sundays only)
  • 21: Nottingham - QMC - Stapleford - Kirk Hallam - Ilkeston.
  • Club Class: Nottingham - Stapleford - Sandiacre.

NottsBus

  • 111: Stapleford Shopper. (Subsidised by Nottinghamshire County Council)
  • 110: Toton Connect Plus. (Subsidised by Nottinghamshire County Council)

Roads[edit]

Stapleford is connected to Nottingham, Derby and the M1 motorway by the A52.

Railway[edit]

The closest railway station (with regular services) is Beeston providing direct services to Nottingham, Derby, London, Lincoln, Bedford, Burton upon Trent, Leicester, Loughborough, Tamworth, Newark (Castle), Luton, East Midlands Parkway, Birmingham and Matlock.

Light Rail[edit]

Since late 2011 construction of a Light Rail (tram) line is progressing towards Stapleford via Beeston and Chilwell as part of the Nottingham Express Transit system . A park and ride station, to be called 'Toton Lane Park & Ride' is to be built about 1 mile south of Stapleford town centre, and adjacent to some residential areas of the town. It will be on Toton Lane, just south of the A52 roundabout, and will be terminus of line 2 of the Phase 2 expansion. There are no plans for extension into the centre of Stapleford.

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