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The local area guide to living in Street

Street is a large village set in the beautiful, peaceful county of Somerset in England. It lays in the shadow of the Polden Hills, only a stone’s throw from Glastonbury and Bristol.

Street has been an important place for quarrying since the 12th century, and was noted in the Domesday Book. Quarrying was a significant contributor to the economy of Street into the 19th century, until a Quaker family started a small shoemaking company called C&J Clark – now Clarks, it is one of the largest shoemaking companies in the world!

Just north of Street is the pretty River Brue, and to the south are rolling hills and beautiful countryside. Within the town is the spectacular 14th century Anglican Parish Church of The Holy Trinity – a grade 1 listed building.

If you decide to live here, you’ll soon realise that Street is well located and perfectly picturesque, with good transport links. It has excellent shops, restaurants and a good selection of properties to rent or buy.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2011 Census, 11,805 people live in Street, making it very large for a village. Street is home to a varied demographic, with both young and old having a strong presence in the village. This demonstrates that Street is an ideal home base for many individuals especially families – making up 67% of all households within the village.

46% of residents are in employment and either work in the immediate village or further afield. Commuters typically find Street and other such villages appealing due to their proximity to major hubs.

Nearby schools

Street is famed for its location near some of the very best schools in the country, with a large range of primary, infant and junior schools including Avalon, Brookside, Hindhayes and Elmhurst.

Most well known is the Millfield School, a private boarding school with a roll of 1,237 pupils. It is has a particularly strong sporting and academic reputation. For instance, 83% of students achieve 3 or more A -Levels, which is higher than the national average (78%).

For secondary level education, Crispin School is an excellent school in the area, offering education for 11-16 year olds. Furthermore, Strode College, a further education institute, takes anyone over the age of 16 and offers some university courses.

Getting around

Bus services run from Street to Bristol and Bath. Others serve the local area including Glastonbury – the site of the world-renowned summer music festival.

Although the village has no train station of its own, there are a few stations within fairly easy reach. Castle Cary is close by, as well as Bridgwater and Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea Railway Station. From these stations, it is fairly easy to reach the nearest major cities and the rest of the country.

For drivers, the A361 is the main artery road, with the A37 and A39 also providing links across the entire West Country. Major cities can be reached in next to no time, meaning commuting is relatively painless!

Local shops

Street has a good selection of small shops, artisan stores, diners and gastro pubs. The village also offers leisure and entertainment facilities, such as two swimming pools and a theatre.

For those interested, the Shoe Museum is within the village and details the founding and growth of Clarks shoes. Also worth visiting is Glastonbury Abbey, which features the Chalice Well – famous for its healing properties and links to ancient West Country legend.

For food-lovers, Street has much to offer, ranging from heart-warming pub food to Indian and Turkish restaurants. There is also a good selection of quirky cafes, as well as all the expected conveniences for a settlement of its size. If you wish to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, make sure to visit the Clarks Village, which is home to tons of High Street brands and designer stores!

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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