Park Street, Stapleford
Stapleford's origins can be traced to before Norman times. In the churchyard of St Helen's church is the Stone Cross which dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and is said to be the oldest Christian memorial in the Midlands.
Stapleford owed its development in part to its closeness to the River Trent and the River Erewash as the town became a central point for trade. The area also expanded during the late 18th century when the stocking hose trade thrived in the Midlands. Evidence of this history can be found today with the original Stocking Knitters Houses still standing alongside more modern properties and shops such as on Nottingham Road.
The main crossroads in Stapleford at the junction of Nottingham Road, Derby Road, Toton Lane and Church Street is called The Roach. The name is from the time when French prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars were set the task of cutting through rock to create roads and this was referred to as the 'La Roche'.
At Stapleford is also the Hemlock Stone on Stapleford Hill. It is approximately 200 million years old, dating back to the Triassic Period. Many theories surround why it exists.
During March 2006, a new NHS Health Centre and 'Walk-In Centre' was opened in the town (the Walk in Centre is now closed) A Sainsbury's local was opened on the site of the former Total petrol station in 2007. More recently it is the home of the Full Mash microbrewery, currently producing 5 BBL. The brewery regularly features in the Locale scheme.
The closest railway station with regular services is Beeston. In August 2015, a tram line was opened towards Stapleford via Beeston and Chilwell as part of the Nottingham Express Transit system. A park and ride station, called Toton Lane Park & Ride has been built about amile south of Stapleford town centre, and adjacent to some residential areas of the town. It is on Toton Lane, just south of the A52 roundabout, and will be terminus of line 1 of the Phase 2 expansion. There are no plans for extension into the centre of Stapleford.