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Basford, Nottingham

Basford /ˈbsfərd/[1] is a suburb in northern Nottingham, England, absorbed into the city in 1877. It gave its name to the Basford Rural District which existed from 1894 to 1974. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 16,207.[2] There is both an Old Basford and a New Basford, the second mainly Victorian. Basford lies close to the River Leen, a tributary of the River Trent. It is connected to Nottingham City Centre to the south and Hucknall and Bulwell to the north by the Nottingham Express Transit tram service.

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Nottingham Road, Basford
Basford is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population16,207 (ward. 2011)
OS grid referenceSK 55798 42658
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNG6 / NG7
Dialling code0115
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°58′41″N 1°10′08″W / 52.97806°N 1.16889°W / 52.97806; -1.16889Coordinates: 52°58′41″N 1°10′08″W / 52.97806°N 1.16889°W / 52.97806; -1.16889



Appearing as Baseford in the Domesday survey of 1086;[3] Basford contains the Old English personal name Basa, + ford (Old English), 'a ford', so 'Basa's ford'.[4]


Close to Basford Register Office is the site of a former workhouse, this was used for Basford and the neighbouring parishes. The workhouse later became a maternity hospital and then a psychiatric hospital. The hospital is due to be demolished.[when?]

Near Vernon Park there used to be a complex of high rise flats which consisted of horizontal and vertical blocks connected together by aerial concrete walkways. These were demolished in 1983.

Basford has a good range of shops in its extensive area. Home to Vernon Park, Basford also has football teams who play in there, and is also home to the Bulwell and Basford Rotary Club.[5]

For many years one of the largest industries in Basford was the manufacture of soap. A soap factory was established in Basford in the 1890s by Gerard Bros. In 1955 Gerard Bros. was acquired by Cussons Sons & Co, manufacturer of Cussons Imperial Leather soap. In 2005 the factory was closed and production was moved to Thailand.

Basford was well served by railways with no less than three stations bearing its name in one form or another. Basford Vernon was the first to be built, on the Midland Railway's Nottingham to Mansfield Line. The next built was Basford North on the Great Northern Railway, which was originally called Dob Park from the land it was built on, then later Basford & Bulwell. Lastly came New Basford on the Great Central Main Line. Basford North and New Basford closed along with the lines on which they were situated. Basford Vernon closed in 1964 but the line on which it stood remained open for freight and was subsequently reopened to passengers as the Robin Hood Line; the station did not reopen but is now the site of Basford tram stop on the Nottingham Express Transit.

The headquarters of the Nottinghamshire Miners' Association were in Basford for many years.[6]

Basford also had over the years three breweries, though probably only the main one, Shipstones, is widely known. The other two were Basford Brewery (taken over via Shipstones) and the redundant Prince of Wales Brewery in Old Basford which closed over 90 years ago.[when?] However, its buildings remain pretty much as built in the form of Murphy's Chemical Works on Alpine Street.


As of the 2011 census, Basford has a population of 17,277; the average household size is 2.20 people and population density is 42.80 people per hectare.

Basford is a multi-cultural area with 70.1% White British, and 29.9% people of other ethnicities. These include: 11.5% Caribbean, 3.3% are Indian, 2.7% Pakistani, 3.3% European. According to the survey, Basford includes people from 51 countries outside the UK, and has a number of gurdwaras, mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples, and churches of Asian, African, European and Caribbean origin.[7]


Children in the Basford area usually attend Southwark Primary and Infants School, Heathfield Primary School, or Old Basford School. The only senior school in the Basford area is the Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, located on Bar Lane. Ellis Guilford has been highly refurbished recently[when?] with a new school building, new changing rooms, new sports hall, tennis courts, and football pitches.


Tram servicesEdit

Basford is served by several stops of the Nottingham Express Transit system:[8][9]

Places of worshipEdit

There are places of worship for several faiths in Basford. The Christian denominations have St Aidan's Church (Church of England), St. Leodegarius Church (Church of England) and Basford Road Baptist Church. The Nottingham Basford Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses also have a hall in Basford .

Business parksEdit

Basford has three business parks: Rani Drive, Bar Lane and Park Lane. NBV Enterprise Solutions was established in Basford and is now the leading firm in business support in the East Midlands. In 2018, Creative Asset Ltd, a Nottingham web design agency, moved its base to Park Lane Business Centre.


  1. ^ G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford UP, 1971), p. 11.
  2. ^ "City of Nottingham Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ J. Morris, (ed.) Domesday Book: Nottinghamshire (Chichester, 1977),10:22 inter alia
  4. ^ J. Gover, A. Mawer & F. M. Stenton (eds.), Place Names of Nottinghamshire (Cambridge, 1940), p. 138; A. D. Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford, 2002), p. 27; E. Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p. 29
  5. ^ "Club Homepage". 2015-03-08. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  6. ^ Alan R. Griffin, The Miners of Nottinghamshire, vol. I, p. 180
  7. ^ "Basford - UK Census Data 2011". Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  8. ^ "Extending your Tram Service" (PDF). Nottingham Express Transit. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  9. ^ Election Maps (Map). Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 11 August 2015. Viewed for appropriate area with unitary authority ward boundaries and names selected.

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