Moving to Trowbridge(3 Posts)
We're moving to Trowbridge (from London) in the next couple of months with a newborn and her 2 year old sister. Friends who know the area better than us keep warning us that it's not a great place to move to, but it ticks lots of boxes for us (not too rural but close to lovely countryside, affordable houses, good nurseries, nice park, decent transport links and not overly posh).
We've found a great house to buy but could someone offer some reassurance that we're not making some huge mistake??! And any advice about things to do with the kids, groups to join etc, would also be much appreciated...
Personally I wouldn't want to live there (I live in a village closer to Bath).
I prefer Devizes and would happily move there but definitely not Trowbridge, Chippenham or Melksham.
I just wanted to update on my original post... We moved from Walthamstow to Trowbridge a few months ago and we love it here! When we were researching the town as a place to move to we really couldn't find many positive comments, so I wanted to rectify that and give you a brief list of the things we love so far
1. There are some beautiful houses, ranging from huge detached mansions, large Victorian semis and pretty terraces. Yes, there are some less pretty housing estates, but no worse than in any other town. The town centre is full of really lovely architecture.
2. Some brilliant resources. To name a few - plenty of big name shops and restaurants; an excellent new library hosting loads of regular sessions for kids; library is housed in a newly renovated County Hall and includes a nice cafe inside the amazing glass atrium; great town park and playground; new complex of Odeon cinema, civic centre, restaurants (M&S Foodhall opening soon); theatre; Wiltshire Rural Music School (where you can hire instruments); Drawing Projects UK (beautiful exhibition space, artists studios and cafe); Trowbridge Arts (arts centre housed in the amazing former town hall); Hope Nature Centre (animal park with trampolines, play areas, mini golf and cafe); Southwick Country Park.....
3. Excellent transport links - regular trains takes <20 mins to Bath, 25 mins to Bristol, <20 to Frome, <5 to Bradford on Avon, as well as direct trains to London, Swindon, Portsmouth, Gloucester, Cardiff and even Brighton! Good local buses too.
4. Exciting developments ahead - a huge complex of listed factory buildings in the centre of town is soon to be developed (see Innox Mills), hopefully to include some good leisure facilities as well as housing. Trowbridge Museum has just had planning permission granted to expand. There also seems to be a blossoming arts community here - as well as the arts centre and exhibition space, there's a monthly artists' cafe are life drawing classes, poetry gatherings and more!
5. It's still (relatively) cheap! Yes, Frome has turned into a trendy Hackney enclave with great independent shops and cafes (which admittedly Trowbridge is crying out for), and yes Bradford on Avon is more chocolate box pretty (and incidentally a 5 min drive away)... ...but we were able to buy a huge semi detached house on a lovely leafy road for almost half what it would have cost in either of those places.
So in a nutshell, if you're thinking about a move to the West Country, I can wholeheartedly give an encouraging thumbs up to Trowbridge!!
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