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The local area guide to living in Starcross

The village of Starcross can be found on the shores of the Exe river estuary, in the district of Teignbridge, county Devon. In keeping with Devon’s countryside aesthetic, the village is certainly a pretty one, and home to one of Britain’s oldest sailing clubs. The town’s most famous feature is the remains of a pump-house that comprised part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s failed ‘atmospheric railway’.

One of the first attempts at a pneumatic railways system, the pump-house remains one of the best examples of the engineering undertaken in the area, and the Italianate architectural style of the building makes it a beautiful set-piece in the town centre.

Nearby, the category one listed building, Powderham Castle, is a famed architectural marvel, which currently hosts the seat of the Earl of Devon and is often rented out for weddings. Also close by is the 9-hole golf course on the village's outskirts, and the administrative hub of Devon, Exeter, is only a short drive away. Starcross affords all the beauty of Devon, whilst being firmly placed to give one everything they might want from modern life.

Information about the local residents

The village is exceedingly English, not only in its general look and feel, but also in its population. Of the 1,737 individuals who make up the village, nearly 93% of them were born in England, and 99.2% of all residents speak English as a first language. 64% of the village are Christian, slightly more than the rest of the country at the national average of 59%.

Nearly half the population are married, whilst 16% work in professional capacity, with a further 20% being associate professionals or in a management capacity. While some of these working residents find employment in the village, many go to the surrounding towns or commute to nearby Exeter, where the job pool is far larger.

Nearby schools

There is a single school in the village, the Starcross Primary School. The school teaches students from the ages of 5-11, and has an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’. Many parents send their children here, before they leave to other nearby towns for their secondary education.

The Trinity School is a nearby independent school, approximately a 20-minute drive away, that takes children from the ages of 2-19, and boasts GCSE’s above the national average.

The Exmouth Community College is another option available nearby. The school is most easily reached via the ferry that runs from Starcross to Exmouth on an hourly basis, with the school itself taking students aged 11-18 and also possesses an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’.

Getting around

The simplest way to get about from Starcross is the A379 motorway. Running through the town itself and connecting to Exeter, a 25-minute drive away, it also links to the nearby A38 and M5 motorways. The harbour hosts a ferry that crosses the estuary, running to Exmouth daily.

The closest airport can be found in Exeter, Exeter International Airport, and the town also hosts a railway station. Running on the Exeter to Plymouth line, it also calls at London Paddington station. The national cycle route also runs near the town, with the route actually allowing a 45-minute commute to Exeter by Bicycle. Hiking trails also exist that can take one to Exeter, though in substantially more time than other means of transportation.

Local shops

There isn’t much in the way of High Street shopping to be found in the village itself, although the basic amenities are easily available. A Spar supermarket is within the village, as are some boutiques, a barber, and some other small, independent stores.

For more up-scale shopping, one only needs to go into nearby Exeter. There are several shopping centres in the city, as well as upper-tier High Street shopping zones. One such shopping centre is the Princesshay centre, which hosts stores like River Island, Topshop, Pandora and Apple.


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