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Borough of Rushcliffe
West Bridgford, the largest settlement in the borough and the administrative centre
West Bridgford, the largest settlement in the borough and the administrative centre
Official logo of Borough of Rushcliffe
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyNottinghamshire
Admin. HQWest Bridgford
 • TypeRushcliffe Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Ruth Edwards
Robert Jenrick
 • Total158.0 sq mi (409.2 km2)
 • Rank97th
 • Total119,077
 • RankRanked 197th
 • Density750/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code37UJ (ONS)
E07000176 (GSS)
Ethnicity94.1% White
2.7% S.Asian
1.0% Black
1.3% Mixed
0.9% Chinese or Other[1]
Bingham, the second-largest settlement in the borough
Cotgrave, the third-largest settlement in the borough

Rushcliffe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England. The population of the Local Authority at the 2011 Census was 111,129.[2] Its council is based in West Bridgford. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the West Bridgford Urban District, the Bingham Rural District and part of Basford Rural District.

The district was named after the old Rushcliffe wapentake. Rushcliffe means "cliff where brushwood grows", from Old English hris "brushwood" and clif "cliff".

Political representation[edit]

Forty four councillors were elected at the borough council election in May 2019. There are 29 Conservatives, giving them control of the council. There are also 7 Labour, 3 Independents, 3 Liberal Democrats and 2 Greens. The next borough council election is due in May 2023.

The member of parliament for the parliamentary constituency of Rushcliffe is the Conservative, Ruth Edwards. As of the December 2019 general election, Rushcliffe is one of eight Tory-held constituencies in Nottinghamshire, out of a total of eleven. The next general election is due in May 2024.


South-east of Nottingham, the Rushcliffe boundary splits from the City of Nottingham boundary near the Holme Pierrepont Watersports Centre and then follows the River Trent to near RAF Syerston, which is the most northern part of the district, although Syerston the village itself is in the Newark and Sherwood district. It meets the River Devon near Cotham, then follows this river to the east southwards to where it meets the Leicestershire boundary. To the south, the Leicestershire/Rushcliffe boundary crosses the runways of the former RAF Langar with most of the airfield in Rushcliffe.

Rushcliffe is split between an urbanised north-west, containing suburbs of Greater Nottingham that have not been incorporated into the city, and the south and east which is predominantly rural, which stretches to the Leicestershire border. Many of these villages lie in the Vale of Belvoir. The Grantham Canal threads from nearby Grantham through Rushcliffe to the River Trent. Villages in the Vale of Belvoir include Redmile, Hickling, Harby, Stathern and Langar. Geographically, the River Soar marks the divide between the two counties.


In 2001, there were around 43,600 households in the district, with about 106,000 people. 44% or nearly half of Rushcliffe's population lives in West Bridgford. The average house price is the highest in Nottinghamshire and in the top three in the East Midlands.[citation needed] It is one of the most affluent areas of the East Midlands, and consistently in the top ten of the nicest places to live in the UK.[citation needed]


The district has the best GCSE results within Nottinghamshire and throughout the East Midlands.[citation needed]. Rushcliffe Spencer Academy and West Bridgford school have ranked regularly in the top 100 comprehensive schools in the UK for GCSE results. In 2014 West Bridgford was ranked at 63rd of all comprehensives in the UK with 83% achieving '5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs' and Rushcliffe 81st in the UK with 82% achieving 5 A*-C in 2014.[3]

The Becket School (partly geographically outside the Rushcliffe district), West Bridgford School and Rushcliffe Spencer Academy get A level results for 'Average point score per A level student (full-time equivalent)' in the top 10% of all schools in the UK, comprehensive or selective, better than many English grammar schools.[4] These scores are in the top 2% for all UK comprehensives.

Sutton Bonington is in the south of the district, which has the Sutton Bonington Campus of the University of Nottingham.


Notable residents[edit]


Coat of arms of Rushcliffe
On a wreath Or and Vert within a mural crown Or charged with three oak leaves a cliff surrounded by rushes Proper.
Per chevron Sable and Vert in chief two bears salient respectant and in base a representation of the Bingham Butter Cross Or on a chief Argent a barrulet wavy Azure rising therefrom a bridge of three arches Or.
Salus Populi (The Welfare Of The People)[6]


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  2. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ "DfE". DfE. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  4. ^ "DfE". DfE. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. ^ Rushcliffe Borough Council. "Polling District Maps 2019". Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  6. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rushcliffe at Wikimedia Commons

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