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The local area guide to living in Middlezoy

Located close to the River Parrett, Middlezoy is a village in the Sedgemoor district of Somerset, England. It is known locally as a quiet, charming village with easy accessibility to a number of notable historic sites, picturesque countryside destinations and beaches. Middlezoy is believed to have derived its somewhat unusual name from Anglo-Saxon colonisation in the 6th century. The name loosely translates as “middle stream island,” a reference to the village’s placement within the Somerset Levels, a unique 170,000 acre landscape of rich biodiversity and natural beauty.

Middlezoy originally formed as a parish in the year 1515 and became part of the “Whitley Hundred,” a term used to denote a group of parishes and hamlets served by a single court up until the mid-19th century. Middlezoy is home to the Church of the Holy Cross, a 13th century place of worship and Grade I listed building, and the Levels Methodist Church. North of the village lies the Greylake, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where – in the winter – it is possible to spot a vast array of wetland birds and other animals such as otters, dragonflies, red deer and water voles. The golden, sandy beaches of Burnham-on-Sea are just a short drive away from Middlezoy, making it an ideal location for those looking to settle into village life whilst remaining in close vicinity to the seaside. The world-famous Glastonbury Festival takes place on an annual basis just 17 miles east of Middlezoy.

Information about the local residents

Middlezoy has a small population of only 725 residents, according to the most recent 2011 census. The village falls under the non-metropolitan district of Sedgemoor, itself considered an affluent area of South West England. According to the Sedgemoor census conducted in the same year, which is representative of the wider area in which the village is based, Middlezoy’s inhabitants are older than the national average of 19.4% with 21.4% of locals between the ages of 49 and 56. 17.5% of locals are aged between 30 and 44, significantly lower than the national average of 20.6%. The median age of somebody living in Middlezoy is 42.

Middlezoy has a higher rate of homeowners than the national average - 37% of inhabitants either own their properties outright or through mortgages, compared with England’s overall national average of 30.6%. The number of residents in Middlezoy who claim Jobseeker’s Allowance is lower than the national average at 13.3%.

Nearby Schools

Middlezoy Primary School serves as the main school in the village. During its 2014 Ofsted inspection, the school received a “Good” rating with specific praise going to the committed staff members and overall quality of lessons. Othery Village School, a second primary school, is located just 4 minutes away by car. It also received a “Good” rating in its 2014 Ofsted report.

Getting Around

The number 16 bus goes from Middlezoy to nearby Bridgwater on a regular basis. There are frequent train services from Bridgwater to the cities of Exeter (1 hour) and Bristol (1 hour). From both cities, it is possible to catch connecting trains to London Paddington (with an approximate journey time of 3 hours).

Local Shops

The Middlezoy Village Shop, which also doubles as the village’s post office, is open most days from 8:00am until 5:30am. An Asda Superstore is located in the nearby town of Bridgwater, a 20-minute drive from the village.

The George Inn, a free house located at the heart of the village, was built in 1624 and is renowned by locals and tourists alike for its tasty food options, cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. Over the years, the pub has offered patrons the chance to taste 700 different cask ales and is considered a must-visit destination for beer lovers in the area.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlezoy

http://www.ilivehere.co.uk/statistics-middlezoy-somerset-25639.html

http://www.middlezoy.com/

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