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Stapleford is located in Nottinghamshire
Population 15,241 (2011)
OS grid reference SK 48796 37125
Civil parish
  • Stapleford
  • Broxtowe
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district NG9
Dialling code 0115
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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52°55′44″N 1°16′26″W / 52.929°N 1.274°W / 52.929; -1.274

Stapleford is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, England, 5.6 miles (9.0 km) west of Nottingham. The population at the 2011 census was 15,241.


Stapleford lies on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. To the north of Stapleford is Ilkeston and to the east is Beeston. To the west across the River Erewash is Sandiacre, and to the south is Toton.

Brief history

The place-name 'Stapleford' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears, unusually, spelt as now, Stapleford. In the Pipe Rolls of 1194 it appears as Stapelford. The name means 'ford marked by a post or posts'.

Stapleford's origins can be traced to before Norman times. In the churchyard of St Helen's church is the Stone Cross which dates back to Saxon times and is believed to be the oldest Christian memorial in the Midlands. Stapleford owed its development in part to its closeness to the River Trent and the River Erewash as the town became a central point for trade. The antiquary John Weever defined a staple town "to be a place, to which by the prince's authority and privilege wool, hides of beasts, wine, corn or grain, and other exotic or foreign merchandize are transferred, carried or conveyed to be sold." The area also expanded during the late 18th century when the stocking hose trade thrived in the Midlands. Evidence of this history can be found today with the original Stocking Knitters' Houses still standing alongside more modern properties and shops such as on Nottingham Road. The main crossroads in Stapleford at the junction of Nottingham Road, Derby Road, Toton Lane and Church Street is called The Roach. The name is from the time when French prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars were set the task of cutting through rock to create roads and this was referred to as the 'La Roche'.

Stapleford is also home to the Hemlock Stone, which is situated on Stapleford Hill. It is approximately 200 million years old, dating back to the Triassic Period. Many theories surround why it exists.

During March 2006, a new NHS Health Centre and 'Walk-In Centre' was opened in the town, but has since closed. A Sainsbury's local was opened on the site of the former Total petrol station in 2007.

More recently it is the home of the Full Mash microbrewery, currently producing 5 BBL (that is to say, beer in five-barrel batches). The brewery regularly features in the LocAle scheme, a CAMRA campaign for local beer promotion.


The town is often referred to informally as "Stabbo".

Notable people

  • Tom Johnston, football manager and player.
  • Arthur Mee, the writer, journalist and educator, was born in Stapleford in 1875.
  • Gallipoli hero Walter Richard Parker, VC, lived in Stapleford and is buried in the town cemetery.
  • Dave Watson, who was a defender in the Sunderland team that won the FA Cup in 1973, was born in Stapleford in 1946.
  • Sir John Borlase Warren, an 18th-century MP for Nottingham and an admiral, lived in Stapleford. The now closed Happy Man and Warren Arms pubs were named after him and his family. A large Wetherspoons named after him is located in the town centre.
  • John Radford, wine and food writer, author and broadcaster, grew up in Stapleford from 1949–1965
  • Frederick Attenborough, academic, principal of University College, Leicester.
  • Frederick Randon, cricketer
  • Sir Robert Salisbury, renowned educationalist, professor and author


Road transport is the primary method of transport in and out of the area. East Midlands Airport is approximately 16 kilometres away, the airport provides domestic and international routes, focused mainly on EU/EEA/Swiss routes.


Bus services operate to Nottingham, Derby, Beeston, Ilkeston and other local towns.


  • i4: Nottingham – QMC – Stapleford – Sandiacre – Risley – Derby.
  • my15: Old Sawley – Stapleford – Ilkeston.
  • 20: Nottingham – QMC – University Boulevard – Boots – Beeston – Ilkeston – Heanor. (Sundays only)
  • 21: Nottingham – QMC – Stapleford – Kirk Hallam – Ilkeston.


  • 510: Beeston – Attenborough – Toton – Stapleford. (Subsidised by Nottinghamshire County Council)
  • 511: Stapleford Shopper. (Subsidised by Nottinghamshire County Council)


In October 2018, CT4N took over the running of the trentbarton service '18'.

  • eighteen: Nottingham - QMC - University Boulevard - Boots - Beeston - Stapleford


Stapleford is connected to Nottingham, Derby and the M1 motorway by the A52.


The closest railway station (with regular services) is Beeston providing direct services to Nottingham, Derby, London, Lincoln, Bedford, Burton upon Trent, Leicester, Loughborough, Tamworth, Newark (Castle), Luton, East Midlands Parkway, Birmingham and Matlock.

Light rail

In August 2015, a Light Rail (tram) line was opened towards Stapleford via Beeston and Chilwell as part of the Nottingham Express Transit system. A park and ride station, called Toton Lane Park & Ride has been built about 1 mile south of Stapleford town centre, and adjacent to some residential areas of the town. It is on Toton Lane, just south of the A52 roundabout, and is the terminus of line 1 of the Phase 2 expansion. There are no plans for extension into the centre of Stapleford.

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