Clifton Village, Nottingham
Clifton Village is a small community of approximately two hundred homes to the south of Nottingham, England. Visitors enter the village on a forked one-way system through the village green, linking houses to the A453 trunk road which runs to the M1 motorway in one direction and central Nottingham in the other.
The green houses a dovecote, the Old Schoolhouse and the Village Hall, which was formerly a small school. The green hosts daffodils in the spring, and the occasional game of cricket in the summer. Well-established trees shield the green from the A453.
A number of older properties lie along Village Road, which runs from the green to Clifton Hall, the former aristocratic seat of the Clifton family and erstwhile Education Department of Nottingham Trent University. The Village church and Old Rectory lie along the road, the latter being used as a home for the elderly until sale by the council in 2005. A number of thatched cottages and antique streetlamps also adorn the road.
More modern developments were undertaken between the 1970s to the 1990s. A small horseshoe of 1970s homes centres on Groveside Crescent, which is notable for varied Anglo-Dutch design. A number of the homes possess very steep pitched roofs, and for being unusually well spaced out, a result of the imposition of a spacing requirement as an antidote to the perceived intensity of other local developments. 1990s developments of red brick houses centre on Farriers Green and a small private road, Alwood Grove.
A long, thin park lined with trees, referred to as the grove, runs behind the village. Once the main thoroughfare into Nottingham, this now provides pleasant walks with excellent views of the river and valley below a steep cliff. It links up with footpaths and bridleways to the Beeston weir, Barton in Fabis and Thrumpton, among other places, providing access to a nearby small nature reserve centred on a pond, Holme Pit, that is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
May Day celebrations take place on the Green every year, organised by the Clifton Village Residents' Association.