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The local area guide to living in Tatworth

Tatworth is a large village located in the South Somerset district of the county of Somerset, in southwest England. It forms part of the Tatworth and Forton civil parish and electoral ward, which was created in 1986 following the merging of several smaller hamlets including South Chard, Perry Street, and Chard Junction. The historical relevance of the area dates back to Roman Britain. Both Tatworth and Forton were farming settlements during the Saxon era, from which their names derive. Interestingly, some of the buildings constructed during the Medieval period still remain in the parish today. The development of small scale industry such as milling and woollen cloth weaving emerged in Tatworth during Tudor times, yet much of the Tatworth’s charm can be attributed to the changes and village expansion brought about through the Industrial Revolution.

The parish is surrounded by beautiful countryside, bordering the River Axe to the east and situated approximately twelve miles away from the sublime Jurassic Coast. One of the more impressive attractions located closer to Tatworth is the magnificent Grade I listed Forde Abbey, found in nearby Chard. Tatworth has a variety of attractive properties available, ranging from rural thatched houses to more modern designs.

Information about the local residents

Tatworth and Forton has a relatively small population of 2,660 as of the 2011 Census. The area has a mean age of 46 and a median age of 49, slightly higher than the national average age of 39.3 and national median age of 42. Approximately 97% of residents were born in the United Kingdom. Household living is at 99.8% and 83% of houses are owned by residents, which is fairly high compared to 63% for the rest of the country.

The area has high levels of employment, with 93.2% in some form of employment and only 3.6% of the population unemployed. The majority of people are employed in skilled trades (20.2%), whilst 14.8% of occupations are in the professional sector. Other significant areas of work include managers, directors and senior officials (14.8%), and administration and secretarial jobs (10.3%).

In terms of educational attainment, the area has relatively low rates amongst its residents, with only 21.1% having achieved a Level 4 Qualification or higher. Whilst qualifications are fairly spread out amongst the lower levels of achievement, it is also evident that education rates are low in general when the percentage of people with no qualifications (25.5%) is taken into account.

Source: 2011 Census Statistics from the Office for National Statistics.

Nearby schools

Tatworth has one pre-school and primary school on offer. Tatworth Pre-School can be found in the Village Memorial in Chard, and offers day care for children ages 2 ½ to school age. Tatworth Primary School has a ‘Good’ rating in all areas from its most recent Ofsted inspection report, and offers a welcoming environment to all students.

In terms of secondary education, the nearest available school is Holyrood Academy in Chard, which was rated ‘Outstanding’ following its Ofsted inspection. The school is a popular choice for parents within the area, and is continuously dedicated towards helping its students achieve their maximum potential.

Getting around

The village is served by five bus routes that travel to surrounding areas such as Taunton, Axminster, Yeovil, and Thorncombe. Alternatively, driving would be an ideal method of transport both to and around Tatworth. The M5 Junction can be located in Taunton, or the A358 from Axminster Road can be used to access the A303 and M3, if travelling towards London.

At present, the Chard Junction railway station is not in use and therefore residents are required to travel to nearby Axminster to connect to the national railways.

Local shops

The village has a convenience store open seven days a week that offers the option of home delivery and stocks a wide range of essential items. The local post office is also open seven days a week.

There are a variety of farm and country markets to be found in the surrounding South Somerset regions. For clothes shopping, there are some high street options available in nearby Axminster, but for a greater variety and availability of designer brands it would be best to check out Kilver Court Designer Village, a shopping outlet that can be reached from Tatworth in under an hour.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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