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Downham Market is one of the best towns in Britain

Downham Market is one of the best towns to live in Britain, according to The Times.

We all knew it already of course, however the newspaper’s ‘Best Towns in Britain’ list, which was published today, makes it official.

Coming in at a very respectable 22nd place out 30, Downham was praised for its strong transport links, interesting history and affordable house prices. It was the only town in Norfolk to make it onto the list.

The listings were based on expert views and the latest house price data. They also took into account factors such as schools, transport links, culture and local community.

Excerpt from ‘The Best Towns in Britain’

22: Downham Market, Norfolk

Why is it so great? On the edge of the Fens, this town offers history (King Charles 1 hid here) and value for money. Nigel Steele of Jackson-Stops & Staff says prices are up to a quarter lower than better known parts of the county. Good rail links to King’s Lynn, Cambridge and London.

Who lives here? Stephen Fry lives nearby. Lots of retirees from the Home Counties.

And Downham Market is in distinguished company. Other entries in the list include Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire at number five (home of the Prime Minister, David Cameron) and literary mecca, Hay-on-Wye in Powys at number eight. West Sussex’s Arundel, famous for its castle and cathedral, took the number one spot.



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