Nottinghamshire County Council
2,085 km2 (805 sq mi)
24th of 27
10th of 27
388/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Newark and Sherwood
* City of
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Alex Norris (L)
Kenneth Clarke (C)
Vernon Coaker (L)
Gloria De Piero (L)
Lillian Greenwood (L)
* Chris Leslie (L)
* John Mann (L)
* Ben Bradley (C)
Robert Jenrick (C)
Anna Soubry (C)
* Mark Spencer (C)
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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE (pronounced /ˈnɒtɪŋəmʃər/ or
/ˈnɒtɪŋəmˌʃɪər/; abbreviated NOTTS) is a county in the East
England , bordering
South Yorkshire to the north-west,
Lincolnshire to the east,
Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire
to the west. The traditional county town is
Nottingham , though the
county council is based in
West Bridgford in the borough of Rushcliffe
, at a site facing
Nottingham over the
River Trent .
The districts of
Bassetlaw , Broxtowe
Newark and Sherwood , and
Rushcliffe . The
Nottingham was administratively part of Nottinghamshire
between 1974 and 1998 but is now a unitary authority , remaining part
Nottinghamshire for ceremonial purposes .
In 2011 the county was estimated to have a population of 785,800.
Over half of the population of the county live in the Greater
Nottingham conurbation (which continues into Derbyshire). The
conurbation has a population of about 650,000, though less than half
live within the city boundaries.
* 1 History
* 2 Physical geography
* 3 Politics
* 3.1 Westminster Parliamentary
* 3.2 Political control
* 4 Economy and industry
* 5 Education
* 5.1 Secondary education
* 5.2 Higher education
* 6 Culture
* 7 Settlements and communications
* 8 Places of interest
* 9 See also
* 10 References
* 11 External links
History of Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire lies on the Roman
Fosse Way , and there are Roman
settlements in the county, for example at
Mansfield and forts such as
Broxtowe Estate in
Bilborough . The county was settled by
Angles around the 5th century, and became part of the Kingdom, and
later Earldom, of
Mercia . However, there is evidence of Saxon
settlement at the
Broxtowe Estate, Oxton , near Nottingham, and
Tuxford , east of
Sherwood Forest . The name first occurs in 1016, but
until 1568 the county was administratively united with Derbyshire,
under a single
Sheriff . In Norman times the county developed malting
and woollen industries. During the industrial revolution also the
county held much needed minerals such as coal and iron ore and had
constructed some of the first experimental waggonways in the world, an
example of this is the
Wollaton wagonway of 1603-1616 which
transported minerals from bell pitt mining areas at
Bilborough , this led to canals and railways being constructed in the
county, and the lace and cotton industries grew. In the 18th and 19th
centuries, mechanised deeper collieries opened and mining became an
important economic sector, though these declined after the 1984–85
miners\' strike .
Nottinghamshire was divided into eight
Sometime between 1610 and 1719 they were reduced to six – Newark ,
Bassetlaw , Thurgarton ,
Broxtowe and Bingham , some of
these names still being used for the modern districts. Oswaldbeck was
absorbed in Bassetlaw, of which it forms the North
Clay division, and
Lythe in Thurgarton.
Nottinghamshire is famous for its involvement with the legend of
Robin Hood . This is also the reason for the numbers of tourists who
visit places like Sherwood Forest, City of
Nottingham and the
surrounding villages in Sherwood Forest. To reinforce the Robin Hood
connection, the University of
Nottingham in 2010 has begun the
Nottingham Caves Survey with the goal "to increase the tourist
potential of these sites". The project "will use a 3D laser scanner to
produce a three dimensional record of more than 450 sandstone caves
Nottinghamshire was mapped first by
Christopher Saxton in 1576, the
first fully surveyed map of the county was by John Chapman who
produced Chapman's Map of
Nottinghamshire in 1774. The map was the
earliest printed map at a sufficiently useful scale (one statute mile
to one inch) to provide basic information on village layout and the
existence of landscape features such as roads, milestones, tollbars,
parkland and mills.
Interactive map of
Nottinghamshire and city/districts
Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, sits on
extensive coal measures, up to 900 metres (3,000 feet) thick and
occurring largely in the north of the county. There is an oilfield
Eakring . These are overlaid by sandstones and limestones in the
west and clay in the east. The north of the county is part of the
Humberhead Levels lacustrine plain . The centre and south west of the
county, around Sherwood Forest, features undulating hills with ancient
oak woodland. Principal rivers are the Trent , Idle , Erewash and Soar
. The Trent, fed by the Soar and Erewash, and Idle, composed of many
streams from Sherwood Forest, run through wide and flat valleys,
merging at Misterton . A point just north of Newtonwood Lane, on the
Derbyshire is the highest point in
205 metres (673 ft), while Silverhill , a spoil heap left by the
former Silverhill colliery, a man-made point often cited as the
highest, reaches 204 metres (669 ft). The lowest is Peat Carr, east of
Blaxton, at sea level; the Trent is tidal below
Cromwell Lock .
Nottinghamshire is sheltered by the
Pennines to the west, so receives
relatively low rainfall at 641–740 mm (25–29 in) annually. The
average temperature of the county is 8.8–10.1 degrees Celsius
Fahrenheit ). The county receives between 1321 and
1470 hours of sunshine per year.
Nottinghamshire local elections
Nottinghamshire is represented by eleven members of parliament , of
which seven are members of the Labour Party , and four are
Kenneth Clarke of
Rushcliffe is a former Conservative
Chancellor of the Exchequer and
Lord High Chancellor .
Following the 2017 County Council elections, the County Council is
controlled by a coalition of Conservatives and
Forum, having taken control from a minority Labour administration. The
seats held are 31 Conservatives, 23 Labour, 11 Independents, 1 Liberal
Democrat. In the previous 2013 election , the County Council was
Labour controlled, a gain from the Conservatives. There are 67
councillors, 34 of which were Labour, 21 Conservative, 8 Liberal
Democrat and 4 Independent. The Labour group lost their majority in
August 2014 when a Labour councillor resigned to sit as an
independent, leaving no party with majority control of the authority.
Local government is devolved to seven local borough and district
councils. Ashfield, Bassetlaw,
Mansfield are Labour
controlled while Broxtowe,
Newark and Sherwood and
GENERAL ELECTION 2017: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
OVERALL NUMBER OF SEATS IN 2017
Nottinghamshire is a non-metropolitan county governed by
Nottinghamshire County Council and 7 non-metropolitan district
councils. Elections to the county council take place every four years,
with the first election taking place in 1973. Following each election,
the county council has been controlled by the following parties:
No Overall Control
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRY
The regional economy was traditionally based on industries such as
coal mining in the
Leen Valley and manufacturing. Since the invention
of the knitting frame by local William Lee , the county, in particular
Nottingham , became synonymous with the lace industry.
Nottinghamshire had a GDP per-capita of £ 12,000, and a
total GDP of £12,023 million. This is compared to a per-capita GDP of
£11,848 for the East Midlands, £12,845 for
England and £12,548 for
the United Kingdom.
Nottingham has a GDP per-capita of £17,373, North
Nottinghamshire £10,176, and South
Nottinghamshire £8,448. In
October 2005 the
United Kingdom had 4.7% unemployment, the East
Midlands 4.4%, and the
Nottingham commuter belt area 2.4%.
List of schools in Nottinghamshire
The county has comprehensive secondary education with 47 state
secondary schools , as well as 10 independent schools . The City of
Nottingham LEA has 18 state schools and 6 independent schools, not
including sixth form colleges .
9,700 pupils took GCSEs in the
Nottinghamshire LEA in 2007. The best
results were from the
West Bridgford School , closely followed by
Rushcliffe Comprehensive School and the Minster School in Southwell .
The lowest performing school was the Queen Elizabeth's Endowed School
Mansfield . In Nottingham, the best results came from the Trinity
Catholic School and the Fernwood School in
A-level , the highest performing institution was The Becket School
, followed by the
West Bridgford School. Some of the county's best
results tend to come from
Nottingham High School , closely followed by
Nottingham High School for Girls , both of which are
The University of
Nottingham is a
Russell Group university and
well-renowned, offering one of the broadest selections of courses in
Nottingham Trent University is one of the most successful
post-1992 universities in the UK. Both universities combine to make
Nottingham one of
England 's largest student cities.
University also has an agricultural college near Southwell , while the
Nottingham has one at
Sutton Bonington . National
and County cricket player
Nottinghamshire contains the ancestral home of the poet
Lord Byron ,
Newstead Abbey , which he sold in 1818. It is now owned by Nottingham
City Council and open to the public. The acclaimed author D. H.
Lawrence was from Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.
Toton was the
birthplace and home of English folk singer-songwriter
Anne Briggs ,
well known for her song 'Black Waterside'. The north of the county is
also noteworthy for its connections with the Pilgrim Fathers . William
Brewster , for example, came from the village of Scrooby and was
Richard Clyfton , who preached at
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club are a first class cricket club
who play at
Trent Bridge in
West Bridgford . They won the County
Championship in 2010. The most successful football team within
Nottingham Forest , a Championship club that won
the 1978 English championship and followed it up with winning the 1979
and 1980 European Cup titles. Notts County , currently in League Two ,
Mansfield Town , also a League Two side are other professional
teams from the area. Other notable sporting teams are the Nottingham
Rugby Football Club and the
Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey Club .
Nottinghamshire has international twinning arrangements with the
province of Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) in western
Poland , and with
the province's capital city,
SETTLEMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
The council house and a tram in
Nottingham market square See
List of places in Nottinghamshire and List of settlements in
Nottinghamshire by population
The traditional county town, and the largest settlement in the
historic and ceremonial county boundaries, is
Nottingham . The City is
now administratively independent, but suburbs including Arnold ,
West Bridgford , Beeston and Stapleford are still within the
administrative county, and
West Bridgford is now home of the county
There are several market towns in the county.
Newark-on-Trent is a
bridging point of the
Fosse Way and
River Trent , but is actually an
Anglo-Saxon market town with a now ruined castle .
Mansfield , the
second-largest settlement in the county, sits on the site of a Roman
settlement, but grew after the
Norman Conquest .
Worksop , in the
north of the county, is also an Anglo-Saxon market town which grew
rapidly in the industrial revolution with the arrival of canals and
railways and the discovery of coal. Other market towns include Arnold,
Hucknall , Kirkby-in-
Ashfield , and
The main railway in the county is the
Midland Main Line which links
Sheffield via Nottingham. The
Robin Hood Line between
Worksop serves several villages in the county. The East
Coast Main Line from London to
Scotland serves the eastern Nottinghamshire
towns of Newark and Retford.
M1 motorway runs through the county, connecting
Leeds and Leicester by road. The A1 road follows for the most
part the path of the Great North Road, although in places it diverges
from the historic route where towns have been bypassed.
by-passed in 1961 and
Newark-on-Trent was by-passed in 1964, and the
A1 now runs between
Worksop past the village of Ranby .
Many historic coaching inns can still be seen along the traditional
East Midlands Airport is just outside the county in
Robin Hood Airport lies within the historic boundaries of
Nottinghamshire. These airports serve the county and several of its
neighbours. Together the airports have services to most major European
East Midlands Airport now also has services to North
America and the
Caribbean . As well as local bus services throughout
Nottingham and its suburbs have a tram system, Nottingham
Express Transit .
PLACES OF INTEREST
Attenborough Nature Reserve
Rufford Country Park
Rushcliffe Country Park
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
* The Harley Gallery
Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner
* ^ British English pronunciation in COLLINS ENGLISH DICTIONARY
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* ^ Chapman's Map of
Council ISBN 0-902751-46-8 .
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Retrieved 11 December 2005.
* ^ Barnard, John (8 February 2011). "Survey of Highest Point
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Retrieved 20 March 2012.
* ^ Haran, Brady. "Experiencing the Highs and Lows".
Retrieved 28 September 2015.
* ^ Met Office, 2000. Annual average rainfall for the United
* ^ Met Office, 2000. Annual average temperature for the United
* ^ Met Office, 2000. Annual average sunshine for the United
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* ^ "Change to political balance of
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