A new home in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire, Robin Hood country, is a wonderful place to live if you are looking to relocate to a new home in the East Midlands. It offers the best of cosmopolitan urban life and country living in equal measure.
Over half of the county’s estimated population of around 800,000 lives in the Nottingham conurbation. The rest of the county is settled with larger towns like Mansfield, Newark and Worksop and smaller market towns like Arnold, Bingham, Hucknall and Retford.
Nottinghamshire is located over significant coal reserves and was noted for its mining industry. In fact Silverhill, a spoil heap left over from the Silverhill Colliery which is now a wooded parkland area, is often cited as the highest point in the county.
The rolling countryside and ancient woodland in the South West of Nottinghamshire forms Sherwood Forest, famed for its association with Robin Hood, whose image appears on the county flag.
The region is drained by many streams and the principal rivers Trent, Idle, Erewash and Soar. In addition to the Trent and Idle, the development of mining and manufacturing industries in Nottinghamshire was aided by the construction of several canals including the Leicester section of the Grand Union Canal, the Loughborough Navigation, Chesterfield Canal, and the Nottingham and Beeston Canal – allowing coal and locally-manufactured products like lace to be transported to the rest of the country.
House building is taking place in many parts of the county with new homes being developed for everyone from first-time buyers through to older home-owners looking to downsize.
House prices in Nottinghamshire
Anyone looking for a new house in Nottinghamshire will find a range of options to suit them, whatever their needs and budget – prices are significantly below the average both for the East Midlands and for England as a whole.
House prices do vary between town and country, however, and between different towns and villages.
Things to do and see in Nottinghamshire
If you enjoy sport, then a new home in Nottinghamshire will bring you closer to the action.
There are three English Football League teams – Nottingham Forest, Mansfield Town and Notts County. First Class county and international cricket is played at Trent Bridge, the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. The National Ice Centre in Nottingham hosts the elite Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey team and Nottingham Rugby Football Club plays in the RFU Championship, the second tier of the England’s professional Rugby Union league system.
For those of you who prefer an outdoor life there are plenty of parks and open spaces to enjoy including Clumber Park, Creswell Crags, Rufford Country Park, Rushcliffe Country Park, Sherwood Forest and Wollaton Park. The National Water Sports Centre is located close to Nottingham in Holme Pierrepont Country Park where families can enjoy a host of water sports and adventure activities.
Nottinghamshire has several historic literary associations. It was the birthplace of the novelist DH Lawrence and the romantic poet Lord Byron, whose ancestral home – Newstead Abbey – is open to the public.
Transport in Nottinghamshire
The M1 motorway runs through the county, connecting Nottingham to London, Leeds, and Leicester by road. The A1 in the east of the county connects Newark, Retford and Worksop to London and Scotland. It 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. There are still some historic coaching inns to be seen along the traditional route.
Running east to west across Nottinghamshire, the A52 links Mablethorpe on the Lincolnshire coast to Newcastle-under-Lyme near Stoke on Trent.
The main railway in the county is the Midland Main Line, which links London to Sheffield via Nottingham. The Robin Hood Line between Nottingham and Worksop serves several villages in the county. The East Coast Main Line from London to Doncaster, Leeds, York, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Scotland serves the eastern Nottinghamshire towns of Newark and Retford.
All the major towns have good urban bus services and Nottingham city centre has a metro tram service. Throughout the county there is a network of buses connecting smaller towns and villages as well as linking them to the major urban centres.
Education in Nottinghamshire
Families looking for a new home in Nottinghamshire have plenty of options from which to choose primary, secondary and higher education. There are nearly 50 state schools and 10 independent schools in the county.
Nottingham University is part of the top-ranked Russell Group of Universities while Nottingham Trent University is one of the most successful new universities.
Health services and amenities in Northamptonshire
The main acute care providers in Nottinghamshire are Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. There are nine hospitals across the three trust areas. The Sherwood Foundation trust also operates services from the Ashfield Health Village.
Health services including doctors’ surgeries and dental practices are provided in towns and villages throughout Nottinghamshire.
A brief history of Nottinghamshire
The Romans were present in Nottinghamshire and there are several villas and small towns that have been brought to light by various archaeological digs. The Roman road of Fosseway, which links Lincoln with Exeter, runs through the county.
The first to take over the region after the Romans departed were the Angles who pushed up the Fosseway from Lincolnshire and settled along the fertile Trent valley during the 5th century.
The area later became part of the Saxon kingdom of Mercia before it was conquered by the Danes, who came into nearby Northamptonshire up the Nene.
The county’s boundaries have remained largely unaltered since the Domesday Survey of 1086.
During the Wars of the Roses Nottinghamshire supported the House of York and the last major engagement of the conflict took place at East Stoke in Nottinghamshire in June 1487.
The county was largely Royalist during the English Civil War which effectively began in Nottingham on 22 August 1642 when King Charles I had the royal standard flown within the precincts of the castle.
Nottinghamshire is a mix of the industrial and the agricultural. Early industry included malting and wool which led to the growth of the hosiery industry in the 16th century.
Coal mining became increasingly important to the economy of the region with coal being transported via the Trent and later the canals.
Manufacturing took over in the 19th century with silk and cotton weaving, lacemaking and industrial manufacturing.
The modern economy of the county is rich and diverse, offering many employment opportunities for families locating to the area and looking for a new home in Nottinghamshire.
Current new housing developments in Nottinghamshire