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
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
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
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.