Clifton, Nottingham

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Clifton Hall
Clifton is located in Nottinghamshire
 Clifton shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 26,835 Clifton North and South Wards 2011
OS grid reference SK543348
Unitary authority Nottingham
Ceremonial county Nottinghamshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NG11
Dialling code 0115 (921 / 940 / 945 /984)
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Nottingham South
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Coordinates: 52°55′N 1°11′W / 52.91°N 1.19°W / 52.91; -1.19

Clifton is a former village and historic manor, now situated within the suburbs of the city of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. The Manor of Clifton was for many centuries the seat of the de Clifton (later Clifton) family, branches of which were in the 17th century created Baron Clifton of Leighton Bromswold (1608) and Clifton baronets (1611). It is now the site of a council estate. The location also encompasses Clifton Grove and Clifton Village, a picturesque residential area set alongside the River Trent. The village is notable for many old buildings including Clifton Hall, former seat of the Clifton family, and St. Mary's Church.


Further information: Manor of Clifton

The manor of Clifton was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as having a church and a mill. The value of the manor had decreased since the Norman Conquest of 1066 from £16 to £9.[1] For 700 years the Clifton family of Clifton owned the manor, of which their manor house was Clifton Hall. The papers of the Clifton family and their lands are held at Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham.

Modern Clifton[edit]

The council estate has a number of shop-clusters and relatively good transport links (by bus) with the city (~20 minutes) and surrounding areas. The village is on the A453 road which is the main connection between Nottingham and the M1 motorway south. The section of the A453 from Kegworth to the roundabout next to the Crusader pub is due to be upgraded to dual carriageway by 2016.[2] In the housing estate there is a Morrisons Supermarket on Green Lane (previously a Co-op), an Iceland Supermarket and a Farmfoods Supermarket (on Southchurch Drive, near Clifton Leisure Centre). Public houses in Clifton include: the Grey Mare'(demolished), Fairham and The Winning Post on Farnborough Road the Man of Trent on Clifton Lane (demolished in March 2012), and The Peacock. There is a McDonalds and KFC drive-through restaurants on the land where the Man of Trent pub previously stood. The former Sun Valley Amusements (also known as JB's) on Green Lane is now closed. There is a leisure pool with keep fit facilities on Southchurch drive and a sports centre on Farnborough road with cricket pitches, football fields and other sports available.

Clifton Council Estate[edit]

The Clifton Council Estate is a sprawling conurbation, which was first considered for residential construction in 1952 by Act of Parliament, and at one time the largest council estate in Europe. The majority of the houses are made of "no fines" concrete (concrete which only has large aggregate included). This leaves air filled voids which add thermal insulation. Since the 1980s most of the houses have passed from council to private ownership. Clifton (like some of Nottingham's other estates) has benefited in recent years from redevelopment and regeneration work initiated by the city council. The most recent is a walled community for the elderly opposite the junction of Gotham Road and Farnborough Road called Lark Hill Village which opened to residents in August 2009. There are currently plans for an extension of Clifton to the south, to be known as Fairham Pastures [3]


Local government matters are administered by Nottingham City Council, a unitary authority. Clifton is split into two wards: Clifton South includes Clifton Village, Barton Green, Nobel Road Estate and Clifton Estate south of Glapton Lane and south from Lanthwaite Road and Bainton Grove. It is represented by Cllrs Christopher (Chris) Gibson, Corall Jenkins and Steve Young (Labour). Clifton North includes the rest of Clifton (including Clifton Grove), plus the Wilford area. It is represented by Cllr Andrew Rule (Conservative) and Pat Ferguson and Josh Cook(Labour).

Parliamentary, Clifton falls within the Nottingham South constituency, with Lilian Greenwood the current Member of Parliament.


Primary schools include Milford, Glapton, Whitegate, Highbank, Dovecote (an amalgamation of Greencroft, Brooksby and Brinkhill) and Blessed Robert Widmerpool. The Farnborough Academy on Farnborough Road is the mainstream secondary school for the area, while Nethergate School on Swansdowne Drive is an all-through special school. The Nottingham Trent University has one of its campuses on Clifton Lane (A453). On Farnborough Road is also one of the Central College Nottingham campuses.

On what is now wasteland, accessible from Brooksby Lane or Silverdale Walk, remain the foundations of the original Brooksby School, which was burnt down in the early 80's.[when?] Brooksby school was then moved to the location now known as Dovecote School taking a building originally a part of Greencroft School.


Clifton has Five football teams: Clifton Aces, Clifton All Whites, Clifton Blacks, Clifton Wanderers and Clifton FC.


Bus service[edit]

Nottingham City Transport

  • 1: Nottingham - Clifton - Gotham - East Leake - Loughborough.
  • 2: Nottingham - Clifton.
  • 3: Nottingham - Clifton.
  • 4: Nottingham - Clifton - NTU Clifton Campus.
  • N4: Nottingham - Clifton - NTU Clifton Campus.
  • 48: Nottingham - Meadows - Clifton.
  • N48: Nottingham - Meadows - Clifton - Ruddington.
  • L53: Clifton - QMC - City Hospital (Valley Road) - Arnold.

Trent Barton

  • Ruddington Connection: Nottingham - Ruddington - Clifton.

Nottingham County Council

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


  • 63: Queens Medical Centre - Clifton - Ruddington - East Leake - Keyworth.
  • 64: Nottingham - QMC - Clifton - Lark Hill.
  • 65: Nottingham - QMC - Clifton - Normanton On Soar.
  • S1: Clifton - ASDA - West Bridgford - Gamston.

Tram service[edit]

A new line of the Nottingham Express Transit to Clifton is under construction. The line is an extension of the current Nottingham to Hucknall and Phoenix Park route. The new line is expected to be fully operational by June 2015. It will allow the people of Clifton access to the city centre.

The planned route is to follow in part the old GCR and LMS line parallel to Ruddington Lane and follow at the rear of "The Downs" on the Silverdale Estate. Then alongside Silverdale Walk and exit at Farnborough Road, next to The Farnborough Academy. In the process two houses will need to be acquired to make room for the tramway. The development would be tied in with a new housing estate south of Clifton, a new OAP residential estate, and a Park and Ride to serve the M1 and reduce congestion into the city along the A453. The council compulsory purchased some of the homes next to Farnborough Technology College in 2003 in preparation for the tram service. However they changed their minds, offering those who moved the chance to buy their houses back at an increased price despite vandalism caused due to the houses being vacant. Construction of the new lines started in 2012.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Williams (ed.) (2003), pp. 770–771.
  2. ^ "A453 Widening (M1 Junction 24 to A52 Nottingham)". Highways Agency. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
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  • Williams, Ann (ed.) (2003). Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. Penguin Classics. ISBN 0-14-143994-7. 

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