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Gedling is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshiremarker, England. Its council is based in Arnoldmarker. It is part of the Greater Nottingham metropolitan area lying to the North and East of the City of Nottingham.

It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the Arnold and Carltonmarker urban districts and part of Basford Rural Districtmarker. It is named after the village of Gedlingmarker located within the borough. Other settlements in the borough include Burton Joycemarker, Calvertonmarker, Colwickmarker and Ravensheadmarker.

Description

The Borough covers the mainly affluent north eastern suburbs of Greater Nottinghammarker including Arnold, Carlton and part of Mapperley and then covers the area north of the City into the rural villages of Calverton, Woodborough, Ravenshead and Newstead extending north to Mansfield.

The Borough is one of contrasts; its centre, Arnold, has a significant amount of council housing, whereas properties in the Newstead Abbeymarker area of the borough often retail at between £1 and 3 million. The area is split into urban commuter base and rural farmland, an unusual situation for a district in the East Midlands.

Arnold's Bonington Theatre is named after the painter Richard Parkes Bonington. The borough's most famous former resident is Lord Byron who resided at Newstead Abbey.

In the older part of Gedling is All Saints Anglican Church. It dates from the 11th century, with the oldest part of the church (the entrance) dating back to 1089.

Politics

The borough council is currently under the control of the Conservative Party following the local elections of May 3, 2007.

The borough is covered by two parliamentary constituencies. The more urban part of the borough adjoining Nottinghammarker is in the Gedlingmarker constituency, which until 1983 was known as Carlton. This was held by the Conservatives from its creation in 1950 until 1997 when it was taken by the Labour Party. Vernon Coaker has been the Member of Parliament (MP) since then. The rural part of the borough, including Calverton and Ravenshead, forms part of the Sherwoodmarker constituency, whose MP since 1992 has been Labour's Paddy Tipping. The constituency was created in 1983 and, as the area covered included many ex-mining areas, it was anticipated that it would be an easy target for Labour; however the Tories won and held it until 1992. This is perceived to be due to the fact that the majority of Nottinghamshire miners did not strike during the 1984-85 miners strike and that the area also contains ironically some of the most affluent areas in the the county such as Ravenshead and Newstead Abbey Park.

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