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City Living in the Countryside!

As bizarre and contradictory as the title may sound, Wells is probably one of only a handful of locations in England where such a statement would rightly be considered correct. This picturesque medieval City owes its status (1205) to the beautiful 13th Century Cathedral, pictured above, and is in fact the smallest City in England with a population of around 15000.

Situated some 20 miles south of Bath and within an easy rural drive of both the commercial hubs of Bath and Bristol, Wells and its immediate environs are increasingly popular with city commuters and also with members of both the musical and acting fraternity. Castle Carey railway station offers straightforward links to London Paddington too, further enhancing its appeal.

Nestling on the southern side of the limestone Mendip Hills, Wells is believed to have been so called due to the springs which bubble up in the grounds of the Bishops Palace; medieval home of the Bishop of Bath & Wells. Surely though the most impressive feature of Wells is the quite magnificent Cathedral. With its West Front featuring more than 300 statues and carvings, it is rightly considered amongst the finest examples of early English architecture.

The City and its environs are becoming ever more popular. Properties such as large townhouses and the more desirable examples of Country residences and barn conversions in the surrounding villages are particularly scarce and are likely to be sold pre-market. Popularity with well-off families is enhanced not least of all by the reputations of the excellent local schools; The Blue School, founded in 1654 and Wells Cathedral School, founded in 909, one of five established music schools in Britain. Students from both, along with local residents and visitors can be found enjoying warm lazy days on the extensive lawned area fronting the Cathedral, making it feel more like an idyllic Oxford or Cambridge Uni scene.

There is a friendly, open and informal vibe to the City and it feels rather more like an intimate market town. It has a slightly bohemian quality with ample independent shops along the high street, with a small stream running along both sides of the road. Caf├ęs, Pubs and some highly regarded Restaurants add to the experience and it is also good to note that the crime rate is very low.

Statistically, the demographic profile of Wells is as follows:

Men 7136

Women 8020

14-34yrs 3098

35-54yrs 4820

55+ yrs 7238

Of whom the majority are classed ABC1

Key words associated with Wells are:

Architecture Countryside Historic Interest Schools Leisure Public Houses Restaurants Retail Market Tourism Lifestyle Location Commuting Value Mendips Friendly Cathedral Bishops Palace

If you have been inspired by our review of the beautiful City of Wells and would like to discuss how we could help you discover your dream Somerset home, or indeed any other location, call us now on 07740 896085 or if you prefer email giles@harrodconsulting.com.

 

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