OK, it’s catching…… After Avebury came top in a very recent ‘Which?’ reader survey as ‘the UK’s best-rated town or village’ – inland – it’s now Marlborough’s turn.
Today’s ‘Times’ lists Marlborough as one of “The UK’s top 23 towns to live in“. In some ways hardly a surprise – otherwise why would we all be living here? But always good to hear the same from those outside and with no immediate link to the town.
‘Marlborough has always been a desirable place to live’ is how the piece starts. It mentions the ‘renowned’ Marlborough College, and the ‘rated outstanding’ St John’s Marlborough, a ‘state secondary’, whilst also noting that the Preshute Church of England Primary School is similarly rated as ‘outstanding’.
It tells everyone that there ‘is beautiful countryside, including Savernake Forest, and stone circles near by (at Avebury and Stonehenge)’, but also points out that Pewsey is the nearest place to get a train from.
Apparently the average house price is ‘£437,034’ (according to RightMove), and, you’ve guessed it, with such established and esteemed notable events such as the LitFest, MantonFest, a very active live music scene, the former Jazz Festival, Open Studios, many new art galleries opening up and down the High Street, it’s ‘Top‘ for ‘Arty Types‘.
So, that’s us. There is plenty more that the short piece obviously mentioned in it’s pre-subbed form – but cut out for reasons of space – such as the new ‘Parade Cinema‘ (opening at the end of next week), the many and excellent sports clubs in and around the town (the Marlborough Sports Festival, hosted by Marlborough’s Sports Forum and funded by the Area Board is happening on Saturday next week at The Rec).
So Marlborough is a very active and involving place for all of it’s residents which is, I’d guess, why The Times has decided to include it their ‘top 23 towns to live in’ list.
That’s Marlborough and Avebury – where next?