Aspley and Bilborough

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Aspley is a council estate and a ward of the city of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. It is located within the boundaries of Nottingham City Council. The ward is located 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Nottingham City Centre and is located only 1.6 miles west of Junction 26 of the M1. It lies south of Bulwell, west of Basford and is north of Bilborough. The principal road in the ward is the A610. As of the 2001 Census the ward had a population of 15,689.

For a number of centuries the ward consisted of just a number of small settlements and was home to both Broxtowe and Aspley Hall, the latter home to the Willoughby family for a number of generations. In the early 20th century Nottingham City Council, after a number of purchase order's developed the area into a large housing estate.

The ward contains three housing estates which consist of Aspley, Broxtowe (not to be confused with the borough Broxtowe) and Bells Lane estate. Aspley has a number of shops, a local library and transport links (by bus) with Nottingham City Centre and surrounding areas.

The earliest recording of the area is as 'Aspeleia' in 1108, derived from a word relating to Aspen trees. Originally known as 'Asshelepley Halle', Aspley Hall was constructed in or prior to the 16th century. The hall's original purpose was to house monks from nearby Lenton who had been removed from their previous dwellings due to the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538. From then on the hall fell into various hands, most notably into the possession of the wealthy Willoughby family, who also owned the nearby Wollaton Hall. The Willoughby family continued to manage the hall until 1925 until which the property was sold to Alderman G. E. Taylor. After Taylor's death in 1965, the hall fell into disrepair and was eventually demolished in 1968 and replaced with a number of deatched houses.

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