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Clifton Hall
Population 26,835 Clifton North and South Wards 2011
OS grid reference SK543348
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NG11
Dialling code 0115 (921 / 940 / 945 /984)
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
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NottinghamshireCoordinates: 52°55′N 1°11′W / 52.91°N 1.19°W / 52.91; -1.19

Clifton is a former village and historic manor, now situated within the suburbs of the city of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. Clifton has 2 wards in the City of Nottingham (North and South) with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 26,835. The Manor of Clifton was for many centuries the seat of the de Clifton (later Clifton) family, branches of which were in the 17th century created Baron Clifton of Leighton Bromswold (1608) and Clifton baronets (1611). It is now the site of a council estate. The location also encompasses Clifton Grove and Clifton Village, a picturesque residential area set alongside the River Trent. The village is notable for many old buildings including Clifton Hall, former seat of the Clifton family, and St. Mary's Church.


The manor of Clifton was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as having a church and a mill. The value of the manor had decreased since the Norman Conquest of 1066 from £16 to £9. For 700 years the Clifton family of Clifton owned the manor, of which their manor house was Clifton Hall. The papers of the Clifton family and their lands are held at Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham.

Modern Clifton

The council estate has a number of shop-clusters and relatively good transport links (by tram and bus) with the city (~20 minutes) and surrounding areas. The village is on the A453 road which is the main connection between Nottingham and the M1 motorway south. The section of the A453 from Kegworth to the roundabout next to the Crusader pub is due to be upgraded to dual carriageway by 2016.

In the housing estate there is the Holy Trinity Church, a Morrisons Supermarket on Green Lane, an Iceland Supermarket and a Farmfoods Supermarket (on Southchurch Drive, near Clifton Leisure Centre). Public houses in Clifton include: the Fairham and The Winning Post on Farnborough Road and The Peacock. There is a McDonald's and KFC drive-through restaurants on the land where the Man of Trent pub previously stood. There is a leisure pool with keep fit facilities on Southchurch drive and a sports centre on Farnborough road with cricket pitches, football fields and other sports available.

Clifton Council Estate

The Clifton Council 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. The majority of the houses are made of "no fines" concrete (concrete which only has large aggregate included). This leaves air filled voids which add thermal insulation. Since the 1980s most of the houses have passed from council to private ownership. Clifton (like some of Nottingham's other estates) has benefited in recent years from redevelopment and regeneration work initiated by the city council. The most recent is a walled community for the elderly opposite the junction of Gotham Road and Farnborough Road called Lark Hill Village which opened to residents in August 2009. There are currently plans for an extension of Clifton to the south, to be known as Fairham Pastures


Tram service

Clifton is the terminus of line 2 of the Nottingham Express Transit tramway, which opened in August 2015. The line runs from a terminus at a Park & Ride site just to the west of Clifton, through Clifton, Wilford, and Nottingham City Centre, before continuing to Phoenix Park in the north of the city. Trams run at frequencies that vary between 4 and 8 trams per hour, depending on the day and time of day. The following stops are in, or near to, Clifton:

  • Southchurch Drive
  • Rivergreen
  • Clifton Centre
  • Holy Trinity
  • Summerwood Lane
  • Clifton South

Bus service

Nottingham City Transport

  • 1: Nottingham - Clifton - Gotham - East Leake - Loughborough.
  • 2: Nottingham - Clifton.
  • 3: Nottingham - Clifton.
  • 4: Nottingham - Clifton - NTU Clifton Campus.
  • N4: Nottingham - Clifton - NTU Clifton Campus.
  • 48: Nottingham - Meadows - Clifton.
  • N48: Nottingham - Meadows - Clifton - Ruddington.
  • L53: Clifton - QMC - City Hospital (Valley Road) - Arnold.

Trent Barton

  • Skylink Express: Nottingham - Clifton - East Midlands Airport.

Nottingham County Council

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


  • 63: Queens Medical Centre - Clifton - Ruddington - East Leake - Keyworth.
  • 64: Nottingham - QMC - Clifton - Lark Hill.
  • 65: Nottingham - QMC - Clifton - Normanton On Soar.
  • S1: Clifton - ASDA - West Bridgford - Gamston.
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