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Clifton is a council estate and village in of the city of Nottinghammarker, Nottinghamshiremarker, Englandmarker founded by Sir Robert Clifton. The estate has a number of shop-clusters and relatively good transport links (by bus) with the city (~20 minutes) and surrounding areas. The village is on the A453 which is the main connection between Nottingham and the M1 south. The section of the A453 from Kegworth to the roundabout next to the Crusader pub is due to be upgraded to dual carriageway around 2011.

There is a Morrisons Supermarket on Green Lane (previously a Co-op), an Iceland Supermarket and a Farmfoods Supermarket (on Southchurch Drive, near Clifton Leisure Centre). Some of the pubs in Clifton are the Grey Mare, Fairham and The Winning Post on Farnborough Road the Man of Trent on Gotham Lane, and The Peacock and Sun Valley Amusements (also known as JB's) on Green Lane which is currently under threat of closure.

The term also encompasses Clifton Grove and Clifton Villagemarker, a picturesque residential area set alongside the River Trent. The village is notable for many old buildings including Clifton Hallmarker, and St. Mary's Churchmarker.


The manor of Clifton was recorded in the Domesday Survey as having a church and a mill. The value of the manor had decreased since the Norman conquest from £16 to £9.

For 700 years the Clifton family of Clifton owned Clifton Hall. The papers of the Clifton family and their lands are held at Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

The Clifton Estate is a sprawling conurbation, which was first considered for residential construction in 1952 by Act of Parliament, and at one time the largest council estate in Europe. However, since the 1980s most of the houses have passed from council to private ownership. Clifton (like some of Nottingham's immediate estates) has benefited in recent years from redevelopment and regeneration work initiated by the city council. Currently under construction is a walled community for the elderly at the top of Gotham Road.


Local government matters are administered by Nottingham City Council, a unitary authority. Clifton is split into two wards: Clifton South includes Clifton Villagemarker, Barton Green, Nobel Road Estate and Clifton Estate south of Glapton Lane and south from Lanthwaite Road and Bainton Grove. It is represented by Cllrs Christopher (Chris) Gibson, Ian Malcolm and Jeannie Packer (all Labour). Clifton North includes the rest of Clifton (including Clifton Grove), plus the Wilfordmarker area. It is represented by Cllrs Brendan Clarke-Smith, Andrew Price, and Timothy Spencer (all Conservative).

Parliamentary, Clifton falls within the Nottingham Southmarker constituency, with Alan Simpson the current Member of Parliament.


Primary schools include Milford, Glapton, Whitegate, Highbank, Dovecote (an amalgamation of Greencroft, Brooksby and Brinkhill) and Blessed Robert, Widmerpool. Farnborough School Technology College and Fairham Community College are on Farnborough Road. Nethergate School on Swansdowne Drive is for special needs. The Nottingham Trent University has one of its campuses on Clifton Lane (A453). On Farnborough Road is also one of the South Nottingham College campuses.

On what is now wasteland, accesible from Brooksby Lane or Silverdale Walk, remain the foundations of the original Brooksby School, which was burnt down in the early 80's. Brooksby school was then moved to the location now known as Dovecote School taking a building originally a part of Greencroft School. It is well remebered by pupils and staff as the school with curtains for doors.


Clifton is also a well known area in Nottingham for sporting talent with Jermaine Pennant, Jermaine Jenas, Patrick Sneath, Darren Huckerby, all currently top football players, having played as youngsters for Clifton F.C (Formerly Clifton All Whites) and Viv Anderson MBE, the first black football player to represent England in a full international match (1979), who formerly lived on Rivergreen, and attended Fairham School (now Community College).

Olympic Ice Skater Jayne Torvill grew up in Clifton and attended the Milford School.

On the 20th June 2007, Nottingham Forest F.C. announced plans to build a new 50,000 seater stadium to the south of Clifton, although this would not be completed until 2014 at the earliest. This will be near the fields on Nobel Road. This however has since been cancelled and on the same land it has been proposed that an extension of Clifton estate should be built. If plans are approved this would almost double the size of Clifton.


Bus service

Nottingham City Transport

  • 1: Nottingham > Wilford Lane > Clifton > Gotham > East Leake > Clifton.
  • 2: Nottingham > Wilford Lane > Clifton
  • 3: Nottingham > Wilford Lane > Rivergreen > Clifton.
  • 4: Nottingham > Wilford Lane > NTU Clifton Campus.
  • 48: Nottingham > Meadows > Clifton.
  • N48: Nottingham > Meadows > Clifton > Ruddington.
  • L53: Clifton > QMC > Valley Road > Arnold.
  • Skylink: Nottingham > Wilford Lane > Clifton > East Midlands Airport.

Trent Barton

  • Ruddington Connection: Nottingham > Wilford Lane > Ruddington > Clifton.

Nottingham County Council

  • L2: Silverdale > Clifton > Ruddington > West Bridgford > Gamston.

Premiere Travel

  • 63: Beeston > QMC > Clifton > Ruddington > East Leake > Keyworth.
  • 64: Nottingham > QMC > Clifton > Lark Hill.
  • 65: Nottingham > QMC > Clifton > Normanton On Soar.
  • S1: Clifton > Wilford Lane > ASDA > West Bridgford > Morrisons.

Tram service

There are plans to bring the Nottingham Express Transit to Clifton by 2013 , an extension of the current Nottingham to Hucknall route which would allow people in Clifton quick access to the city centre.

The planned route is to follow in part the old GCR and LMS line parallel to Ruddington Lane and follow at the rear of "The Downs" on the Silverdalemarker Estate. Then alongside Silverdale Walk and exit at Farnborough Road, next to Farnborough School Technology College. In the process two houses will need to be acquired to make room for the tramway. The development would be tied in with a new housing estate south of Clifton, a new OAP residential estate, and a Park and Ride to serve the M1 and reduce congestion into the city along the A453. The council compulsory purchased some of the homes next to Farnborough Technology College in 2003 in preparation for the tram service. However they changed their minds, offering those who moved the chance to buy their houses back at an increased price despite vandalism caused due to the houses being vacant. Currently the council still hasn't begun constructing a tram route into Clifton, suggesting after such a long delay that plans for a tram into Clifton have been shelved.


  1. Williams (ed.) (2003), pp. 770–771.


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