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‘Timeless’ market town just 78 minutes from London named one the best places to live in the UK
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- BY MEL KING, MAIA SNOW
- 16:16, 2 APR 2021
A historic market town just 78 minutes from London has been named as one of the best places to live in the UK.
The Essex town of Saffron Walden, located in the district of Uttlesford, has been named by the Sunday Times as such due to its ‘timeless good looks’.https://cf73dfb90ac302c6551a4f95de125823.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0
EssexLive reports that the judges of the The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021 fell head over heels for the town, which boasts its half-timbered pastel-coloured houses, a large church and a Norman castle.
The judges vote annually for the best place to live in the country on a variety of factors including schools, green spaces, culture and transport to name a few – and Essex’s Saffron Walden was named one of the best.https://cf73dfb90ac302c6551a4f95de125823.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0
The town boasts medieval period buildings, a twice-weekly market and its very own vineyard.
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First opening in the year 1295, the town’s market was held every Tuesday at Newport, Saffron Walden. However, it soon moved to Walden, Saffron Walden.
The Times Guide also praises the town’s green spaces, schools and transport connections into London and Cambridgehttps://cf73dfb90ac302c6551a4f95de125823.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0
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As a result, house prices are not cheap — sold values rose by 16 per cent in the past year to an average of £439,224, according to Rightmove.
The town also boasts one of the largest mansions in England – Audley End House.
The mansion is part of the English Heritage and is open to the public to visit – once coronavirus restrictions allow.
Saffron Walden is also full of history, with archaeological evidence suggesting continuous settlement on or near the site of Saffron Walden from at least the Neolithic period – between circa 4000 to 2500 BCE.
Not only that, the town has an abundance of culture – which helped the town be crowned one of the best places to live.
The town’s museum – The Saffron Walden Museum – was established in 1835 by the Saffron Walden Natural History Society, close to the town’s castle.
It is still owned by the founding society – now Saffron Walden Museum Society – and is managed by Uttlesford District Council.
The museum contains the stuffed remains of a lion named Wallace, said to have inspired Marriott Edgar’s comic poem ‘The Lion and Albert’.
The Fry Art Gallery, which sits within the town, exhibits the work of artists who had an association with Saffron Walden and north west Essex, focusing on Great Bardfield Artists.
The collection includes extensive artworks and supporting material by Edward Bawden, who lived in the town during the 1970s and 1980s, and painter Eric Ravilious.Follow @myldn
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