Shelford is a village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire. The population of the former civil parish of Shelford and Newton at the 2011 census was 673. It is near Radcliffe on Trent. It has an old manor house (built on the site of Shelford Priory), a church and a Caravan Park and Bar. It also has a pub restaurant, The Earl of Chesterfield Arms.
Shelford attracts Type 3 (ACORN) residents, most of whom work outside the village. Several small farms operate in the village, engaging in arable and livestock farming, with much of the harvesting being contracted out to outside companies.
The village was the scene of a battle in the English Civil War; A re-enactment of this battle takes place periodically by the Sealed Knot, a civil war re-enactment society. Held over a weekend, the activities centre upon West and Church Streets, the church and finally the manor house.
On the floor of the Trent Valley, Shelford is protected from flooding by comprehensive flood protection. This renders the probability of flooding very low. Even in the floods of 2000 the rising waters did not impinge upon the housing in the village.
Every second year the village hosts a feast weekend, which features a street market, events and other activities, centred on the church and village hall. This event is well attended by both villagers and many visitors from nearby towns and villages. Over the weekend some houses open their gardens for a small donation to charity, giving visitors the opportunity to stroll through impressive rural gardens in a pretty village setting.
The village promotes a strong sense of community, and there are several social events during the year, which are well attended by villagers. The tone of the village is distinctly rural, despite its location approximately five miles from Nottingham.
The village had a ferry which ran between Shelford and Stoke Bardolph, but this has long since disappeared. The wooden structure tethering the rope for pulling the ferry can still be seen today at the end of Stoke Ferry Lane.
Property seldom becomes available in the village (some of which is still Crown owned ), and a new property coming to market attracts a great deal of interest. The vernacular of the village is red brick and red pantile, with the "important" buildings under slate.
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- "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
- J. Gover, A. Mawer & F. M. Stenton (eds.), Place Names of Nottinghamshire (Cambridge, 1940), p.241; A. D. Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford, 2002), p.308; E. Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p.415
- C. Brown, A History of Nottinghamshire (1896), pp.77-9