NG3 (Nottingham) area guide
The NG3 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bakersfield, Bilborough, Carlton, Carlton Hill, Dales, Killisick, Lambley, Mapperley, Mapperley Park, Mapperley Plains, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Porchester, Sherwood, Sneinton, St Anns, St Ann's, St James, Thorneywood, Woodthorpe.
Nottigham was once known as Tigguo Cobauc, meaning ‘place of caves,’ before it was named after the Saxon Chief Snot. During his rule, Snot brought his people to this area and the place became known as Snotingham, meaning ‘a home for the Snot people.’
In the 11th century, Nottingham castle was constructed on a sandstone outcrop by the River Leen. It later developed into the English borough and functioned as the centre for the town hall and law courts. The evidence of Saxon settlement can be found anywhere in the town. Later, the Old Market Square became the focal point of the town.
Nottingham expanded its trade in the textile industry, particularly with lace manufacturing. However, following World War II, the textile sector declined, and today all that is left are old industrial buildings around the Lace Market district. Nottingham became a county borough in 1889, under the Local Government Act of 1888. In 1951, a further extension of Clifton and Wilford on the south of the River Trent was made.
Nottingham is a concoction of old and new, with buildings and houses in a variety of architectural styles, dating as far back as the 1100s. The Old Market Square still remains the focal point of the city, with the dominant Council House overlooking it. The Lace Market, located south of Hockley, has now transformed into a row of red-brick warehouses used for a variety of functions. Some have been converted into apartments, bars and restaurants, and also New College Nottingham. Nottingham is also known as the home to many company headquarters, such as Boots Pharmacy, E.ON UK and Speedo. Much of the UK’s economic success can be attributed to Nottingham, as it has the 4th highest GDP per capita in the country after London, Edinburgh, and Belfast. The city is progressively changing its focus from industrial city to service sectors, including financial and business services, science and IT, and creative industries.
The types of neighbourhood in NG3 can differ quite drastically. For example, some of the most expensive streets, such as Sefton Drive, Richmond Drive, and Warwick Road contain properties worth around £780,000. In this postcode area, the majority of the residents are wealthy, mature professionals with a very high family income and education level. In comparison to this, roads like Dennett Close, Wray Close, and Lobelia Close are some of the most affordable areas to live in NG3. Houses here are worth around £47,000.
Aside from the Old Market Square and the multitude of architectural delights, the city of Nottingham includes several different areas, each with their own unique characteristics. To the east of the centre is the Victoria Shopping Centre. Above the shopping centre are 250 foot-high Victorian flats, which combined make the tallest building in the city. The other end of the city (i.e. the western side) houses the modern office complexes. On the south side is Nottingham’s main shopping destination for high-end and high street brands, as well as a selection of bars and restaurants, Westfield Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. Adjacent to Nottingham railway station, a little bit further south, is the canal. The eastern third of the city contains Hockley Village, where the vast majority of independent shops can be found. Nottingham is home to an annual family-friendly music festival in Wollaton Park, just to the west of the centre of Nottingham on Wollaton Vale. The park borders some parts of the University of Nottingham’s campus. The University of Nottingham is often ranked in the UK’s top 10 and in the world’s top 100 for its world-leading research and international excellence. Other institutions for higher education include Nottingham Trent University and the Nottingham School of Fashion. Despite the success of its universities, Nottingham’s state school system ranked at the bottom of the list both for primary and secondary schools.