Bat house being built and farm buildings to be demolished to make way for Gedling Access Road

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Work to demolish an iconic farm building and also construct a new bat house has begun to help clear the way for the development of the new Gedling Access Road (GAR).

Construction has already started on a bat house which is being built due to the loss of daytime and maternity roosts as a result of the demolition of Glebe Farm, which will take place in May.

A spokesman for VIA, who are managing the work on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Bats are a protected species and the location of existing bat roosts have been identified during previous and ongoing ecological and environmental assessments along the route of GAR.”

The Glebe Farm buildings will then be demolished, and this work is expected to take six weeks.

A spokesman for VIA said: “These advanced works are compliant with the planning permission granted and a historic building record of Glebe Farm has been completed.”

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The go ahead was given buy the two areas of land that form part of Glebe Farm on Lambley Lane back in October 2018.

Some local residents said they would be sad to see the properties reduced to rubble.

MEMORIES: Glebe Farm in Gedling Village (IMAGE: Francis Rodrigues)

Iris Lane said: “I’ll be sad to see it go. Glebe Farm is part of our heritage and too many of these buildings are being lost and replaced by more modern monstrosities.

PLANNED ROUTE: Gedling Access Road

But Gedling Village Local History & Preservation Society member Francis Rodrigues said the demolition work was all part of progress.

He said: ”Although It’s sad to see Glebe Farm disappear, the benefit to Gedling Village of the new road (GAR) is immense and will improve the quality of life for thousands of local residents in and around Gedling Village, Carlton and Netherfield.

“All the HGVs will all disappear and the traffic traveling to Burton Joyce & Netherfield will now Bypass Gedling Village.

He added: “The building has been recorded and photographed for historical purposes.”

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The Gedling Access Road will be a 3.8km stretch of road linking the existing A612 Trent Valley Road/ Nottingham Road to Mapperley Plains (B684).

It has been designed to ease congestion in Gedling Village whilst providing safe access to the new Chase Farm housing estate on the former Gedling colliery site.

The GAR is being constructed by Nottinghamshire County Council and Via East Midlands in partnership with Homes England (HE), Gedling Borough Council and also Keepmoat Homes – the housing developer for the Chase Farm site, who are joint funding the new road.


  1. Disgusting safe the bat’s you’ve wrecked Gedling pit the horrid houses not to mention that’s why the wild life Trust pulled out save this land and the bat’s and the grazing who I forgot back handers joanie Mitchell u don’t know what you’ve got till its gone save paradise no put up a parking lot disgusting u all ought to be ashamed of urself s

  2. Just knock down netherfield and put all the new houses and roads down you want. Waste of space nevo. Spend the money on Arnold

    • The last few times I’ve been to Arnold, it’s been like a ghost town, Netherfield is always busy….

      I also recall a few knife crimes in the Arnold area recently, but not in Netherfield….

      Just saying.

  3. The gar will represent the new urban border. All green space leading up to the gar will be developed over time. Applications have already been approved for further development.

  4. why knock down Netherfield. Carlton and Netherfield never get any money for any redevelopment, we would love a bridge over the trent this way. what has Netherfield done anything to you. Arnold seems to get everything.

  5. Interesting comment from preservation and historical society that demolishing something old is all part of progress. What was originally a relief road has become an access road and none of the new builds have access to it so all the traffic will go through Gedling. The society were the ones pushing for this road and they should hang their heads in shame.

    • I think the individual concerned has his own agenda and is only interested in the few houses on Main Road. Ironically, his little group was originally set up many years ago to oppose the new road when it was going to run closer to their houses.

  6. How great for Gedling! We all know how noisy and disrupting living there is! So glad I live in netherfield, it’s not used as a thoroughfare by everyone at all! Even if it was, the narrow roads and one way system are definitely suitable for HGVs, commuters and anyone wanting to go between the loop road, Colwick, Burton Joyce and the huge retail park and Gedling, Carlton, Arnold and Bakersfield!
    Don’t worry though, we don’t matter.

  7. it was lovely seeing the horses as you pass so what’s happened to them?
    you ruin everything there will be no green land left

    • Yes, I used to love seeing the horses and the old buildings. I would like to know what has happened to the horses too.

  8. I am disgusted that Glebe farm has been demolished to makeway for an access road which is totally uneccesary I used to ride at Glebe farm when I was girl and my grandparents lived in gedling village, as usual no consideration taken for history or wildlife you should hang your heads in shame

    • I was sad to see that Glebe Farm has been demolished, as my father, his brother, and two sisters were all born there between 1904 and 1915.
      Later after their mother died; the boys moved to a house known as Corner pin, which has been demolished.
      The girls moved to Broomhill house to live with their grandmother and aunts; another house that has been demolished.
      Glebe Farm was the only one of these houses that I have seen.

      I live in Essex and try to visit Gedling on the odd occasions that I travel to Nottingham. At least I have some previously taken photographs of the old farm.

    • Did you know any of the reeves family that lived in glebe farm? They were my great grandparents or great great grandparents?

  9. I am sorry to see that Glebe Farm has been demolished. My father and his brother and sisters were all born there, in the period between 1905 to 1915.
    The boys later moved to a house known locally as Corner Pin which was by the smithy, opposite the drinking fountain, and the girls to Broomhill House; both houses are now non-existent.
    I have visited Glebe Farm in the last few years when in the Nottingham area and taken a few photos, and wondered how much longer it could survive.
    I’ve only just discovered that has been demolished, another piece of family history gone.

      • Hello Chris,
        No I’m afraid not; unfortunately none of my family, that may have known, are still alive.
        My great great grandfather, Joseph Hemstock 1805-1876 was born in Bingham but at some time he moved to Gedling and in the 1841 census was listed as a Blacksmith house or street name, Cross.
        In the 1861 census he was listed as Farmer & Blacksmith, no house listed.

        My great grandfather William Shelton Hemstock 1838-1890, also Farmer & Blacksmith most likely lived there.
        My grandfather Joseph Hemstock 1879-1951 lived there. My father 1910-2002 was born there.
        They moved to a farm at Lobthorpe in Lincolnshire sometime in the 1930’s.

        My mother had a friend called Rose Williams who lived in Tennyson Avenue.
        My mother lived at Ivy Cottage. My parents had friends called Frank and Chrissy
        Poole (also farmers), and I think. that the butcher was called Nobby Straw.

        I imagine the Reeves family lived there after my family.
        My great grandmother lived at Broomhill House, which was being built in 1890 (during which time her husband died), with her two daughters until after WW2. They would have known your relatives; if that was the period that your relatives lived at Glebe Farm.
        I’m sorry I have not replied earlier; but I rarely visit this website.

  10. Hi Chris,
    I’ve just seen the bit where you said they were your great, or, great great grand parents lived there.
    O.k. now, according to word of mouth family history, my great grandfather, William Shelton Hemstock (1838-1890) who was a blacksmith and farmer also had a lace factory, which, I was told was situated where the war memorial is. It was said that this factory was destroyed by fire in December 1890 and on seeing the loss of his factory (not insured); he returned to his home, sat down in his chair and died of a heart attack.
    At this time he was living at a house known locally as ‘corner pin’ next to his smithy. His new house Broomhill house was not completed at that time.(‘Corner pin’ was demolished some time later to improve the junction of Main Road and Arnold Lane.) This means that he was not living at Glebe Farm at that time. His father was dead and his son was too young to live at Glebe Farm at that time, therefore he may well have had a manager living there.
    Maybe this ties in with any dates that you may have.


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