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Radcliffe Station Walk


The village lies on the south bank and cliff overlooking the River Trent. The “Rad” part of its name is a corruption of the Old English for red, in reference to the dark red colour of the cliffs, which are formed of Triassic red shale with gypsum banding. 

Starting point
Radcliffe Station, Shelford Road, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, NG12 2GS

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Points of interest: 

Archaeological finds suggest that the site of Radcliffe might have been crossed if not settled however written evidence of any settlement does not appear until after the Norman conquest. By Tudor times a settlement would have been assembled around the church and also the main road. 

The Railway arrived in Radcliffe - on - Trent in the mid - 19th century. Work began in 1848 in preparation for the Grand opening of the line from Colwick through to Grantham including Radcliffe station which was opened on 15th July. A new viaduct was constructed across the meadows to the Trent in 1909. It was acknowledged in early 1964 that the original wooden viaduct needed replacing due to the increase in freight traffic. Arrival of the railway opened up Radcliffe to the wealthy business men of Nottingham and contributed to the expanding residential areas within the village. Information relating to Radcliffe occurs in the Domesday Book of 1086. 

  • 1Radcliffe Station
  • Radcliffe station is a place of beauty, surround by well maintained platform gardens from our Station adopters and artwork produced by the local school. The opening of the railway line from Nottingham to Grantham was on Monday 15th July 1850.
  • 2The Radcliffe Hotel
  • The Radcliffe was built around 1908 by Charles Wright Gowthorpe, it was originally built as a home for the Gowthorpe family. The residence was later renovated and changed into a public house changing its name multiple times before being known today as The Radcliffe.
  • 3Rockley Memorial Park
  • Rockley Memorial Park is dedicated to local men who died in the Great War. Mr. Lisle Rockley, whose son William was killed at Ypres in 1917, bought the land in the 1920s, created the park and presented the site to the village in 1927.
  • 4Radcliffe Lodge
  • This grade II listed building was built in 1791 by Colonel Samuel Wright, between 1922 and 1934 it became a school for 40 boys, attending as day and boarding pupils and after the war around 1950 the Lodge was renovated into separate dwellings as it remains today.
  • 5St Mary's Church
  • St Mary’s is grade II listed. For many years everyone thought it had fallen but there has been a church in Radcliffe since the 13th century however the current building bears little resemblance to its medieval predecessor. In 1879 the rest of the church was rebuilt and enlarged.
  • 6The Royal Oak
  • A public house has been on this site on Main Road since the 18th century. It has had a number of names including The Newcastle Arms, The Duke’s Arms and The Plough; it became The Royal Oak in 1832. The earliest record is in 1780 when Elizabeth Marshall, a Radcliffe resident, sold the original premises to Ann Richardson, a widow, for £46.

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Starting point: Radcliffe Station,  Shelford Road, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, NG12 2GS

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