History of Lady Bay

We are starting to construct a picture of the history of Lady Bay, based on individual contributions.  Do please let us know of any relevant material we could link to.  There is a West Bridgford History Society and their planned events can be found here.  But, if you keep scrolling, you'll see we've already collected quite a bit of material.

Here is an extract from an interesting article on the Nottinghamshire History website, written by Robert Mellors in 1914 , that describes, among other things, why our area is called Lady Bay .  You will probably find the whole article interesting as it is about West Bridgford - use the page left and right buttons to browse the article.  This debate is also covered by Pat Rodriguez in 'A Brief History of Lady Bay'.  Pat originally posted two articles on Lady Bay Local and provoked such a lot of interesting comment that we've tried to capture as much of it as possible in the many annotations to this article.  Thanks to all but especially to Pat for an excellent contribution to our collective knowledge.

We do have the book on Victorian Lady Bay, as described here.

These two maps show how much our area changed between 1835 and 1900-ish - thanks to Jeff Mackintosh for these.

Jeff also did some valuable research in 2012 on the local servicemen who died in the First World War.  His work led to the planting of the 'Avenue of Remembrance' on the eastern edge of the Hook and the production of commemorative plaques for each serviceman.  The plaques are on display in the main bar of the Poppy and Pint, which is particularly appropriate as that building used to be the British Legion.  You can read more about it all in this PDF document.

Lady Bay has only been a residential area since the 19th Century but this Chronology of Adbolton and Holme villages describes some of the major events that have impacted our near neighbours.  Why doesn't it say Holme Pierrepont?  You'll have to read it to find out.  Grateful thanks to Nick Sparrow for sharing this research with us.


Here is a personal acount of the history of the Lady Bay Skateparkhttps://www.supereight.net/lady-bay-skatepark-20-years-in-the-making/

Lady bay in pictures

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Timelapse over a year of the tree in Ten Acre field, courtesy of Mike Beard Photography


Lady Bay Summer Fair, early 1990's

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The fair included a procession down Trent Boulevard and ended with stalls, bouncy castle and performances outside All Hallows Church.  In later years it moved to Ten Acre Field.

Lady Bay Revellers maypole dancing

This is on the site now occupied by the 'portacabin' classroom.  Circa 1993-ish.

Lady BAy Bridge

  • Lady Bay Bridge - by Claire Mockridge
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Lady Bay Bridge, courtesy of Claire Mockridge and Cristina Caniliuc.
Has anyone got a still from when it featured in Smiley's People?

Trent Boulevard junction with Radcliffe Rd. 1914

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  • Trent Boulevard junction with Radcliffe Road 1914
  • Original Lady Bay Bridge

Note the hump at the entrance, to cross the canal.  Superimposed composition by Mike Beard Photography

'Meccano' lift bridge, Rutland Rd, 1950s

  • Meccano Bridge
  • Meccano lift Bridge 1950s

Superimposed composition by Mike Beard Photography

Aerial view 1952

Big event at the Boots ground in the foreground