This article is about the local government district. For the parliamentary constituency, see Gedling (UK Parliament constituency).
Borough of Gedling

Coat of Arms

Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Nottinghamshire
Admin. HQ Arnold
  Type Gedling Borough Council
  Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
  Executive: Labour Party
  MPs: Vernon Coaker,
Mark Spencer
  Total 46.3 sq mi (120.0 km2)
Area rank 202nd
Population (mid-2014 est.)
  Total 115,638
  Rank Ranked 196th
  Density 2,500/sq mi (960/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
  Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 37UE (ONS)
E07000173 (GSS)
Ethnicity 94.4% White
2.2% S.Asian
1.4% Black British
1.4% Mixed Race

Gedling is a local government district with borough status in the English ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire. Its council is based in Arnold. The population of the Local Authority taken at the 2011 Census was 113,543.[1] It is part of the Greater Nottingham metropolitan area lying to the north and east of the City of Nottingham.

It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the Arnold and Carlton urban districts and part of Basford Rural District. It is named after the village of Gedling located within the borough. Other settlements in the borough include Burton Joyce, Calverton, Colwick and Ravenshead.


The Borough covers the mainly affluent northeastern suburbs of Greater Nottingham including Arnold, Carlton and part of Mapperley and then covers the area north of Nottingham into the rural villages of Calverton, Woodborough, Ravenshead and Newstead extending north to Mansfield.

The Borough is one of contrasts – its centre, Arnold, has a significant amount of council housing, whereas properties in the Newstead Abbey area of the borough often retail at between £1 million and £3 million. The area is split into an urban commuter base and rural farmland.

Arnold’s Bonington Theatre is named after the landscape painter Richard Parkes Bonington.[2] The borough’s most famous former resident is Lord Byron who resided at Newstead Abbey.

In the older part of Gedling is All Hallows Anglican Church. It dates from the 11th century, with the oldest part of the church (the entrance) dating back to 1089. The Mary Hardstaff Homes were built on Arnold Lane in 1936.



Gedling Borough Council is elected every four years, with currently 50 councillors being elected at each election. The Conservative Party controlled the council from the first election in 1973 through to 1995. Since then both the Conservative and Labour parties have controlled the council, including a period between the 2003 election and the 2007 election when the parties shared power. At the most recent election in 2011 Labour gained control from the Conservatives and after a subsequent by-election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[3]

Party Councillors
Labour Party 32
Conservative Party 15
Liberal Democrats 3


The borough is covered by two parliamentary constituencies. The more urban part of the borough adjoining Nottingham is in the Gedling constituency, which until 1983 was known as Carlton. This was held by the Conservatives from its creation in 1950 until 1997 when it was taken by the Labour Party. Vernon Coaker has been the Member of Parliament (MP) since then.

The rural part of the borough, including Calverton and Ravenshead, forms part of the Sherwood constituency, whose MP from 1992 to 2010 was Labour’s Paddy Tipping, but now is held by Mark Spencer, who won by 214 votes in the 2010 general election. The constituency was created in 1983 and, as the area covered included many ex-mining areas, it was anticipated that it would be an easy target for Labour; however Andy Stewart, Conservative, won and held it until 1992. This is perceived to be because the majority of Nottinghamshire miners did not strike during the 1984-85 miners’ strike and that the area also contains some of the most affluent areas in the county such as Ravenshead and Newstead Abbey Park.


  1. "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  2. "Arnold". Gedling Borough Council website. Gedling Borough Council. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  3. "England council elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 28 August 2011.

Coordinates: 52°58′31″N 1°04′33″W / 52.97531°N 1.07597°W / 52.97531; -1.07597

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