3 Sep

Chipping Sodbury offers great base

Chipping Sodbury offers great base

Chipping Sodbury rose to prominence as a medieval market centre and a crucial connection at the crossroads between Bristol, Oxford and London. 

The significance of the market is clear from the town's name: "Chipping" derives from a Saxon verb meaning "to buy", and also appears in the names of other market towns, such as Chipping Norton.

The long market square - known as Broad Street - is now bordered by beautiful properties built over several centuries, giving the road a pleasing mix of architectural styles, although the dominant types are 17th century stone and Georgian. Although they were once houses, the majority of these buildings have been transformed into shops down the years, giving the town a vibrant atmosphere that sets it apart from the average British town centre.

Nowadays, the importance of its commercial hub has diminished somewhat, but the town's location and excellent transport links to three key English cities have seen it grow in popularity with commuters.

But it's not just the town's proximity to the M4 and M5 that mean property for sale in Chipping Sodbury is in high demand; its position at the foot of the southern Cotswold escarpment makes it a top choice for anyone looking to enjoy the country life.

If you do take the plunge and decide to move to this picturesque West Country town, you could bump into some famous fellow residents. Tom and Henry Herbert, better known as TV duo the Fabulous Baker Brothers, are based in Chipping Sodbury; their family-run business - incorporating a bakery, restaurant, butcher's and cookery school - is situated on the terraced High Street.

And there's plenty to enjoy in the surrounding area, too. Nearby Great Badminton, located six miles east of the town, is home to the world famous Badminton Horse Trials, while Westonbirt Arboretum - boasting one of Europe's finest collections of trees and shrubs - is only 11 miles away.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801840495-ADNFCR

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