Radford is an inner-city area of Nottingham, located just outside the city centre itself. It is bounded on the south by Lenton and Nottingham City Centre, and comprises around 600 acres (2.4 km2) of land.
St. Peter's Church, Radford was given by William Peveril to Lenton Priory. The church was rebuilt in 1812 at a cost of £2,000. The Wesleyan chapel, was built in 1805, and enlarged in 1828. In September 1878 a chapel was built on St Peter's Street by the United Methodist Free Churches at a cost of £1,900. It was closed due to declining membership and income in June 1947 and purchased by the Evangelical Free Church.
Radford Registration District (RD) was created on 1 July 1837 on the introduction of Statutary registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths (bmd) - and was abolished, and absorbed into Nottingham RD, on 1 July 1880.
Population by year
- 1811 - 5,704
- 1821 - 7,348
- 1831 - 16,568
- 1841 - 22,473
- 1851 - 12,635
- 1901 - 34,354
The area has a large ethnic minority population (mainly West Indian, African, Asian and increasingly Polish), and accordingly, there is a large number of specialist food and retail shops catering to specific cultures. Due to the relatively cheap nature of housing in the area (and the large number of old Victorian properties converted into flats and bedsits).
Radford was the home of
- Raleigh Industries once the world's largest bicycle producer
- Players cigarettes
- Manlove, Alliott & Co. Ltd. inventors of incinerators for waste disposal.
- White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853
- In Every Generation: A brief history of the Methodist Churches in Nottingham 1764-1978, Rowland C Swift
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