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In the Domesday Book of 1086, Carlton is referred to as Carentune.
In 1974 Carlton Urban District became part of the newly formed Borough of Gedling.
Until 1950, Carlton was part of the Rushcliffe parliamentary constituency. It had its own eponymous constituency from 1950 until 1983, since when it has been in the Gedling seat.
Like other parts of Nottingham, Carlton grew up with the textile industry in the 19th century. It is now mostly residential.
The main shopping street is Carlton Hill, which has several shopping chains and smaller shops such as newsagents, chemists, and grocers. Carlton Square, the traditional centre of Carlton is today a shopping centre.
There are numerous areas of grass for children to play on, as the roads tend to be quite busy. Carlton has two leisure centres: Richard Herrod Centre (an indoor bowling centre) on Foxhill Road and Carlton Forum (a swimming pool, gym and all-weather pitches) on Coningswath Road, off Cavendish Road.
Nottingham City Transport
- 39: Nottingham - Thorneywood - Carlton Valley
- 24: Nottingham - Carlton - Westdale Lane - Holyoake Road
- 25: Nottingham - Carlton - Westdale Lane - Mapperley - Arnold
- 25B: Nottingham - Carlton - Westdale Lane - Mapperley
- 26: Nottingham - Carlton - Burton Joyce - Lowdham
- 27: Nottingham - Carlton
- N27: Nottingham - Sneinton - Carlton - Gedling - Mapperley
- 100/N100: Nottingham - Carlton - Burton Road - Burton Joyce - Lowdham - Southwell
- 73: Mapperley - Carlton Valley - Netherfield - Victoria Park
- 74: Victoria Park - Netherfield - Gedling - Carlton - Netherfield - Victoria Park
- S11: St Ann's - Thorneywood - Carlton Hill - Carlton - Netherfield - Victoria Park
Carlton Central Primary School was founded in the late 19th century but after a piece of masonry fell one night from the roof into the school assembly area in the 1960s, the school was demolished and the council house and the current Carlton Square were built in its place. Fortunately, a new school had been built on Foxhill Road/Carlton Hill and Carlton Central Primary School was relocated there. The new school had originally been intended to replace the deteriorating St. Paul's School on Carlton Hill. St Paul’s was closed in 1983 after many years and attempts to find a new site and financing for a new building were unsuccessful. Carlton Central Primary School is not the only primary school in Carlton. Amongst others, Porchester Junior School (which has recently been extended) is situated at the top of Standhill Road.
Carlton has a number of pre schools & nurseries including Foxy Creeks Pre School (based in the Richard Herrod Centre, Foxhill Road) and Good Foundations Day nursery on Station Road.
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- THE DOGHOUSE Music Venue
- DOGHOUSE STUDIOS Music Studios
- Leisure centre
- Gedling Borough Council
- Carlton Pentecostal Church
- St John the Baptist Church
- St Paul’s Church
- Porchester Junior School
- The Carlton Academy
- Carlton Central Junior School