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The local area guide to living in Bradford on Avon

The beautiful town of Bradford on Avon is nestled away in western Wiltshire and is considered to be one of the last outposts of the picturesque Cotswolds region. With its roots dating back to Roman times, Bradford on Avon is a town steeped in history. The numerous buildings, shops, churches, and pubs from yesteryear make Bradford on Avon something of an architectural treasure chest and contributes to its thriving tourism industry.

While Bradford on Avon is a relatively small town, Bristol is a mere 40-minute train ride away, which is more than close enough for those looking to commute into the city for work every day. It also makes the coastal city a great destination for a day's shopping.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2011 Census, just over 9,400 residents currently call Bradford on Avon home. The majority of people who live in Bradford on Avon are between the ages of 35 and 70, which is unsurprising when you consider the fact that the idyllic town is known to appeal to young families, commuters and retirees.

A total of 7,900 households are listed in the Bradford on Avon area. Most of the families residing here live in either detached or semi-detached houses, which should come as good news for families seeking to find more space for their young children.

Nearby Schools

Parents looking to move to Bradford on Avon will find three state schools available in which their children can be enrolled. Two of these three schools are primary level, with the remaining one serving secondary level students.

The two primary schools are Fitzmaurice Primary school and Christ Church Church of England Primary School. Both schools received an Ofsted rating of 'Good', and perform well on a national level. Of the two, Fitzmaurice is the smaller school, with 290 pupils on its roll. Christ Church currently has 415 students.

St Laurence School is the only secondary school serving the Bradford on Avon area and, as a result, is a relatively large school - with 1,367 students currently enrolled. Like the two primary schools in Bradford on Avon, St Laurence School also has an Ofsted rating of 'Good'. St Laurence became an Academy in 2011 and is a specialist Arts College.

Getting Around

Owing to the limited public transport available in Bradford on Avon, the majority of commuters choose to travel by car. The town is easily accessible and lies on the A363 Trowbridge to Bath road.

Bradford on Avon is also well served by railway services. The town station is on the Bristol-Weymouth railway line, which will take commuters to the seaside city in approximately 40 minutes. Those looking to head to London for a weekend of shopping will be able to do so in just under two hours.

If you find yourself without a car, there are a number of local bus services available to take you around the town.

Local Shops

An array of charming stores selling all sorts of treasures lines the narrow alleyways and streets of Bradford on Avon. One must-see shopping location is Weavers Walk, an outdoor shopping centre made up of independent shops which have been labelled as an 'ethical trading centre'.

Unfortunately, those seeking high street fashion labels will have to look elsewhere, as none of the stores that you would find on London's Oxford Street have a presence in Bradford on Avon. For a day's shopping, your best bet would be to head to Bristol, where you will be able to find outlets such as H&M, Topshop and Urban Outfitters. Bath is another alternative shopping destination, although choice here would be slightly more limited when compared to Bristol.

Bradford on Avon is only served by one mid-sized Sainsbury's supermarket. However, there are a number of smaller convenience stores dotted around the town, so you will never have to travel too far in order to keep your cupboards fully stocked.

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