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The local area guide to living in Southwell

Southwell is a Nottinghamshire town with a population of around 7,000, known for containing the seat of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham – the centre for the Church of England in Nottinghamshire. It sits on the River Great, only around 14 miles from the city of Nottingham, and is a beautifully historic town – full of listed buildings, many of religious significance.

The town has the remains of a significant Roman presence, particularly in the form of a large villa discovered underneath the minister in the late 1950s. As a religious centre, it was an important place during the middle ages and important nobles, signatories and even Kings stayed there. King Charles I, during the English Civil War, spend his last night as a free man in a pub in Southwell. Lord Byron, in the early 19th century, was known to visit his mother there. Thanks to the beautiful religious structures, several famous figures of historic England are buried within the town.

Southwell breathes tradition and history, and as the site of an Anglican cathedral has claims to be recognised as a city, as it was in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, although is not recognised as such by the government. It has traditionally been an affluent town, not as reliant on agriculture and coal as other nearby settlements.

Information about the local residents

Southwell stands out among its neighbours as a relatively well-off town. The 7,000 people who live there are generally fairly well educated, tend to own their own home (over 70%) and typically belong to the AB or C1 social grades, meaning they work in a Higher or Intermediate administrative, professional or managerial job role.

Every year, the residents of Southwell host the Southwell Music Festival – an annual celebration of classical music, with the main aim being to inspire young local musicians. Also occurring every year is the Bramley Festival – celebrating the origins of the famous Bramley Apple, which was first grown in Southwell. The festival is a wide-ranging food and drink festival, attracting hundreds of visitors every year.

Nearby schools

Within the town are two nursery schools for ages 3-5, as well as Lowes Wong Junior School, which teaches up to age 11. The main secondary school within the town is Southwell Minster School – which educates the choristers of the cathedral and has a big focus on music. It is one of the very highest performing schools in the county in terms of exam results.

Nottingham is only 14 miles away, so parents interested in exploring other options will find more than enough there.

Getting around

Southwell’s railway station was closed some years ago, but Newark-on-Trent is only a few miles away and has its own station. Regular buses provided by Nottingham City Transport offer an alternative form of public transportation.

Getting about by car is relatively easy, with the town’s roads running to Nottingham in one direction and Newark in the other, via the A612. The main trunk roads for the region, the A1 and A46, are just a handful of miles away in Newark.

Local shops

Southwell has brilliant markets, independent shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and delicatessens, all nestled within the centre of the picturesque market town. It’s easy to spend a day freely wandering the streets, and the locals are always willing to offer advice or a helping hand.

Nottingham, only a short drive away, has everything you could need beyond that. Both major modern shopping malls and fashionable boutiques are everywhere.

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