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The local area guide to living in Southwell

Home of the Bramley cooking apple, Southwell is a pristine, picturesque market town in Nottinghamshire. One of the indisputable highlights of Southwell for visitors and residents alike is its well-preserved Southwell Minster. This Cathedral and Minster features one of the most striking Norman Naves in all of Europe, as well as decorative angels and stone leaf carvings.

The town centre is full of historic, quirky character, including a number of independent shops and cosy pubs. Southwell is also home to a racecourse, a National Trust site called The Workhouse, and a local leisure centre. The charming town comes to life throughout the year with a full calendar of cultural events, including the Bramley Festival, the Gate to Southwell Festival, and the Southwell Library Poetry Festival as well as regular markets, gigs and fairs.

Information about the local residents

The population was approximately 6,900 at the time of the latest Census. Southwell is one of the most affluent towns in Nottinghamshire, drawing a blend of well-heeled residents, drawn to its Georgian architecture and high-quality of education.

While nearby towns like Mansfield and Newark-on-Trent have been reliant on industries like agriculture and coal, Southwell has long been a centre for higher and intermediate managerial occupations. The rate of home ownership in this town is higher than the national average. Its attractive rural location and quiet atmosphere also makes it a desirable spot to retire, and, as a result, the percentage of elderly residents is slightly higher than that of surrounding towns.

Nearby schools

At the primary level, students in Southwell can attend Bleasby C of E, which has been rated ‘Outstanding,’ or Lowe’s Wong Anglican Methodist or Halam C of E, both of which have been rated ‘Good’ in Ofsted reports.

Southwell Minster School is the local secondary school specialising in Humanities and Music, ranked ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and known in particular for its musical education program. It is also known for achieving some of the best GCSE results in Nottinghamshire and is the school of choice for boys in the Minster choir. Students may also elect to travel 20 minutes to the east to attend school at Newark-on-Trent.

For further education, the Brackenhurst campus of Nottingham Trent University is located just a few minutes outside of Southwell and is home to the School of Animal, Rural, and Environmental Sciences.

Getting around

Southwell is a bit off the beaten path, which may be one of the reasons that it’s so well-preserved and idyllic. It’s located about 15 minutes away from the A1 motorway, down a series of smaller lanes. The M1 and A46 are also in the area for motorists.

There’s no railway station in town, but you’ll find one not too far away in Fiskerton just three miles down the road. From here residents can catch trains to onward destinations such as Newark, Lincoln and Nottingham. It’s advised to check schedules in advance as trains only run every 2-3 hours. A station with more frequent services is located 12 miles away in Newark, with regular links to London and Edinburgh. There are also local bus services that take residents to Newark and Nottingham.

Local shops

Southwell’s abundant shops are perhaps only second to its Minster in terms of local attractions. From bustling markets to independent retailers, you’ll find an array of options tucked into this friendly market town. Delis, cafes, and pubs sit next to art galleries, gift shops, fashion boutiques, and the local library. There are also two garden centres in town, for all your landscaping needs.

Southwell has a long and rich history as a market town, and it retains this tradition today with over 30 stalls in operation on Saturdays and a smaller market on Thursdays. You’ll find handmade hats, freshly cut flowers, local produce, and confectionery among the other goods here. The Market Square is a must-visit destination on weekends, with the emphasis put on quality local cuisine.

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