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The local area guide to living in Pontshill

Pontshill is a picturesque rural locality close to the small market town of Ross-on-Wye, located on the River Wye on the northern edge of the Forest of Dean. A beautiful, green area full of countryside charm, Pontshill is ideal for buyers looking for a simpler way of life.

Recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086, with Durand of Gloucester as Tenant-in-chief, Pontshill has always been small. The total population was 6 households (quite small), while total tax assessed was just 1 geld unit (very small).

Today Pontshill remains a quaint little village nestled in the middle of green rolling hills, perfect for exploring the areas extensive walking trails and discovering peaceful pubs, of which there are several located close to the village, including The Weston Cross Inn and The Crown Inn, both of which are about two miles away.

Notable former residents of the local area include the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Edmund Ironside, the Saxon king best known for his fierce defence of England against the massive invading army of the Danish king Canute.

Information about the local residents

Pontshill and the local area of Ross-on-Wye West Ward has a population of just under 6,000 people, according to the 2011 census. The average age of the population is 42, while the median age is 44, both of which are slightly higher than the national average age of 40.

86.9% of people living in Ross-on-Wye West were born in England. Other top answers for country of birth were 5.5% Wales, 1.4% Scotland, 0.4% Ireland, 0.3% South Africa, 0.3% Northern Ireland, 0.3% Australia, 0.2% Hong Kong, 0.1% Zimbabwe, and 0.1% India.

97.1% of people speak English. Other top languages are 1.1% Polish, 0.5% Lithuanian, 0.2% Slovak, 0.2% Russian, 0.1% Nepalese, 0.1% Turkish, 0.1% Malayalam, 0.1% Czech, and 0.1% Vietnamese.

Religion in Ross-on-Wye West is 65.2% Christian, 25.4% No religion, 0.4% Buddhist, 0.1% Hindu, 0.1% Jewish, 0.1% Muslim, and 0.1% Agnostic. 440 people did not state their religion, and 19 people identified as a Jedi Knight.

Top occupations listed by people in Ross-on-Wye West are as follows; Skilled trades 14.0%, Elementary 13.1%, Professional 13.0%, Caring, leisure and other service 12.5%, Managers, directors and senior officials 12.0%, Elementary administration and service 10.5%, Caring personal service 9.5%, Sales and customer service 9.2%, Associate professional and technical 9.1%, and Administrative and secretarial 8.9%.

Nearby schools

Pontshill and the local area have a wide range of good schools for children of all ages. There are comprehensive and independent primary and secondary schools, some of which are faith schools, and these feed into several sixth-form centres in the area.

A popular state-run secondary school is John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre. The school outperformed all local colleges and many selective schools – as it has done for the past several years – with a 100% A-Level pass rate in 2016.

There are also a variety of special schools, some of which are independently run and offer boarding facilities.

Getting around

Pontshill is accessible via the M50 and A40, located to the north and east of the village, respectively. There are several railway stations within a 15-mile radius, with Ledbury railway station being the closest, offering regular services to Birmingham and several direct trains a day to London Paddington.

Pontshill's two main bus routes into Gloucester are the 33 and the 33A.

Local shops

Pontshill has excellent local food shops and producers, including health food stores, a cookery school, butcheries, and dairies. It also has Castle Brook Vineyard close by, a fourth generation family farm which, as a play on the traditional toast, named their traditional sparkling wine ‘Chinn-Chinn’.

Should you desire a wider selection of specialist shops, Pontshill is just a short bus ride to Gloucester where you’ll find large department stores and a variety of high street brands to choose from.

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