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The Local Area Guide to Living in Blockley

Blockley is a historic village and civil parish located in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, in the south west of England. The earliest evidence of settlement in Blockley dates back to 800 AD, when the Church of St Peter and St Paul was built. The Norman church has endured many conflicts and experienced many alterations and embellishments over the past millennium, and remains the most important point of interest in the village. In 855 AD, King Burgred of Mercia granted a monastery to Ealhhun, Bishop of Worcester, and it was also described in the Domesday Book.

Blockley is a popular retirement destination, as it is filled with beautiful country landscape and a mill stream that flows at the valley that further adds to the serenity. Locals and visitors alike feel compelled to explore the natural surroundings of Blockley, as well as the distinctive stone buildings that are coloured splendidly with gold. A popular place for many locals to frequent on a nice day out is the Bowling Green, where games of bowls can be played in small and large groups.

Information About the Local Residents

Blockley has a population of around 2,041 people, with the average age being 45. 90.6% of the residents in Blockley were born in England, with 1.9% born in Wales and 1.7% in Scotland. 98.8% of locals speak English, with Polish coming second at 0.4% and French and Hungarian at 0.2%. Christianity is the largest represented religion at 68.5%, with 21.3% of the population being non-religious, followed by Agnostic at 0.2% and Muslim at 0.1%.

Married people account for 58.1% of the population, 8.3% cohabit with a partner, 15.8% are unattached and 9% are either separated or divorced. The top occupations in Blockley are managers, directors and senior officials at 19.2%, professional roles take up 18.4% while 13.7% of the workforce consists of skilled trades.

33.7% of residents possess a Level 4 qualification compared to the English national average of 27.4%. This data suggests that the residents are very well educated. This corroborates the previously stated data of occupational jobs.

48.78% of residents rate their health as ‘very good’ compared to the English national average of 47.17%. Judging by this data, the area is one of the healthiest areas in England.

Nearby Schools

Blockley has one primary school in the heart of the village, with roughly 150 pupils in attendance. The academy has a large playing field, where many sports and other activities take place throughout the school year. Ofsted have given Blockley Primary School glowing reports in their recent inspections. The closest secondary school to the village would be Chipping Campden School, who have recently just gained their best GCSE results in their history.

Getting Around

The closest railway station to Blockley is Moreton-in-Marsh, which isn’t too far off, as Blockley Railway Station was disbanded some years ago. Blockley is well connected when it comes to buses, with 26 different services heading to locations such as Moreton-in-Marsh, Cheltenham and Stratford upon Avon. The A44 road provides access from Oxford all the way to Wales, while also connecting to Blockley, and the A46 connects Blockley to Gloucestershire Airport, which is only a 40 minute drive away.

Local Shops

The Blockley Village Shop & Café sell a range of groceries, meat, fish and other domestic products, and is also regarded as the community hub, with many events and activities held here monthly in the café, where you can also sample their fine pastries, sandwiches and coffee.

The Ebrington Arms is a charming 17th century pub, serving English and European food in front of an open fire, and is also a B&B hotel, while the Churchill Arms is a great place to grab a drink, with many ales and lagers available, as well as a traditional British menu.

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