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Basford /ˈbsfərd/[1] is a northern suburb of Nottingham, England, incorporated into the city in 1877. It gave its name to Basford Rural District, which existed from 1894 to 1974. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 16,207.[2] Next to Old Basford is New Basford, which is mainly Victorian. Basford lies close to the River Leen, a tributary of the River Trent. It is linked 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.

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 soap manufacturing – a factory was established in the 1890s by Gerard Bros., which in 1955 was acquired by Cussons Sons & Co, manufacturer of Cussons Imperial Leather soap. In 2005 the factory was closed and production moved to Thailand.

Basford was well served by railways, with three stations bearing its name in one form or another. Basford Vernon was the earliest, on the Midland Railway's Nottingham to Mansfield Line. The next to be 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. Finallyy 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 had three breweries, of which Shipstones, is most widely known. The other two were Basford Brewery (taken over via Shipstones) and the Prince of Wales Brewery in Old Basford, which closed over 90 years ago.[when?] However, its buildings remain much as built, now serving as Murphy's Chemical Works in 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, including 11.5% Caribbean, 3.3% are Indian, 2.7% Pakistani and 3.3% European. According to the survey, Basford includes people from 51 countries outside the UK, and has a number of Sikh 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 area is the Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, located in Bar Lane. Ellis Guilford has been refurbished with a new school building, new changing rooms, new sports hall, tennis courts, and football pitches.



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


Basford is served by Bus Nos 68, 69, 70 and 71 on the NCT Yellow Line.[10]

Places of worshipEdit

There are places of worship for several faiths in Basford. 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 has 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". 8 March 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ Alan R. Griffin, The Miners of Nottinghamshire, vol. I, p. 180.
  7. ^ "Basford - UK Census Data 2011". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  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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