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The local area guide to living in Midsomer Norton

The River Somer flows through the town centre of Midsomer Norton, a historic market town in Somerset. Its history dates back to the Iron Age and visitors will find an array of landmarks to explore, including the Church of the Holy Ghost, which is still served by Benedictine Monks.

The Nunney Castle was erected in 1373, with its mysterious ruins well worth a visit. Natural wonders like the Cheddar Gorge are a short drive away, offering cathedral-sized limestone caves and the 275 steps of Jacob’s Ladder, which climbs to the top of the Mendip Hills.

Within the town limits, residents benefit from all the amenities of a modern town, including a leisure centre and a bevy of modern shops. Both Bath and Bristol are under a 20 minute’s journey, and Hollies Garden provides a central green space for Midsomer Norton residents to sit and relax.

Information about the local residents

Historically, mining was one of the most important industries in Midsomer Norton. Notable mines in the area include Norton Hill and Old Mills, but the last of these closed in 1966.

Today, its close proximity to Bath and Bristol makes Midsomer Norton a popular commuter town, with many residents travelling into these larger cities for managerial, retail, or administrative positions. It’s also a major centre for the printing and packaging industry, with an estimated 27% of residents working in this field at one point.

Midsomer Norton has a population of nearly 11,000 residents, divided into the two wards of Midsomer Norton Redfield and Midsomer Norton North. Top languages spoken in the two wards, aside from English, include Polish, Spanish, Latvian, and Arabic.

Nearby schools

Both primary and secondary schools are located within Midsomer Norton. At secondary level, Norton Hill School has earned an Artsmark and Sportsmark Award. Somervale School is a specialist Arts College and has earned an Eco-Schools Silver Award in 2008. The two schools are linked with the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, sharing a head teacher and both awarded a ‘Good’ designation by Ofsted in 2013.

Students may also choose to attend Norton Radstock College in nearby Westfield. At primary level, there are several options, including Midsomer Norton Primary, Westfield Primary, Longvernal Primary, St John’s Church of England, and Welton Primary.

Getting around

There are a number of major motorways providing access to Midsomer Norton from neighbouring cities like Bath and Bristol, including the A367 and A39. Numerous bus services are also available for residents commuting throughout the region. The 768 bus provides direct access to Bath’s city centre, running regularly throughout the day. The journey to Bristol takes a bit longer; either just over an hour by local bus or 45 minutes via the A37 motorway.

Local bus operators include First Somerset and Avon, Citistar, and Libra Travel, among others. The closest major railway station is located in Bath, offering direct access to numerous destinations throughout the UK. At one point there was a railway station within Midsomer Norton, but it closed in 1966. A campaign is ongoing to reopen this route at some point in the future.

Local shops

There’s a varied range of shops available in Midsomer Norton, including many independent specialists as well as bigger brand names like Costa Coffee, Boots and Argos.

A big draw to the area is the Farmers’ Market, held on the first Saturday of each month in the town’s Methodist Church. It offers a range of stalls from local providers, purveying freshly baked bread, pastries, quiches, fish, seasonal produce, meat, and cheese.

The High Street is a wide, picturesque centralised shopping area with free parking for customers. All major supermarkets are located in town, including a Tesco superstore, a Sainsbury’s and a Lidl, while SouthGate Bath is a popular modern shopping centre located just a short drive away.

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