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The local area guide to living in Alresford

Alresford (or New Alresford) is a picturesque Georgian gem of a town near Winchester, Hampshire.

The clear, chalky streams in Alresford have attracted human habitation since the Stone Age. It wasn't until the early 13th century that Alresford came into being as it is today, and was an important trade hub closely linked to Winchester. For many centuries it was predominantly a wool town, and has undergone significant overhauls due to catastrophic fires in the 17th century. Most of the colour-washed houses that can be seen today were constructed then, although several retain cellars which date back to the 1200s.

Today, it is known for its beautiful riverside walks, craft shops, and as the capital of watercress farming in the UK. It also features a steam railway, known locally as the Watercress Line, but formally as the Mid Hants Railway.

Alresford was voted 'Favourite Market Town' by Country Life and for good reason - as well as its charming visage, it has a wonderfully friendly culture and is full of life despite its small size. The annual Watercress Festival attracts plenty of visitors each May, and the Alresford Music Festival shows off the best in local musical talent. It is also well known for having a disproportionate number of excellent bistros, pubs and restaurants serving the best in local produce.

Information about the local residents

As of the 2011 census, there are around 5,400 people living in Alresford. There are 2,495 dwellings, of which 75% are privately owned and just 9.4% privately rented. There are also very high levels of education - over 40% of people in the Winchester/Alresford area have achieved an undergraduate level of education or higher.

38.3% of working residents work within the town itself, with a further 24% employed in Winchester. For the most part, the remainder work in Basingstoke, Southampton, Alton or London. More than 22% of working people have professional occupations, with a further 14.1% in associate professional or technical roles, and 13.6% in skilled trades.

The people of Alresford are close-nit, and sociable. There are many events throughout the year, including The Duck Race and The Alresford Show on top of the aforementioned festivals. Alresford also has a strong sporting heritage; it has a rugby club, a football club, and a cricket club which was among the strongest sides in the country in the late 18th century.

Nearby schools

Alresford has some good schooling options for parents thinking of moving to the area. There is an infant school and a primary school, both with good local reputations, as well as Perins School - a community sports college and secondary school with academy status. It has around 1,200 pupils and is one of the best performing schools for sports in Hampshire.

Wider Hampshire has plenty of excellent state and independent schools within an easy drive of Alresford, so should parents wish to look a little further afield they will find themselves with a lot of choice.

Getting around

Alresford is well placed for those who prefer to drive, and in fact over 85% of residents own a car. The A31 is just a short few miles away and takes drivers to Winchester in just 15 minutes. At Winchester, it connects to the M3 which means a drive from Alresford to Southampton takes under half an hour, or a drive in the other direction to outer London in an hour.

Alresford Railway Station is kept open as a heritage site, and the steam trains that run locally are well worth a ride, but not much good for regular travel. There are, however, some good buses which can take travelers to Winchester very quickly.

Local shops

Alresford is well served by shops and places to eat. The centre of the town is dominated by interesting, independent stores and craft shops, with excellent restaurants, tea rooms, cafes, bistros and pubs in between. It's easy to spend an afternoon strolling down the streets, inspecting the local wares.

Nearby Winchester is very well known for offering fantastic artisan shops, boutiques, antique stores and more. For serious shopping trips, Southampton has all the big high street brands and fashionable outlets that you could want.

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