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Why on Earth Would Anyone Buy a House in Chipping Sodbury?

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Update: this blog has now been updated, and you can view it here.

It’s a rhetorical question, don’t worry, we love Chipping Sodbury! 

Before moving to a new area people like to know what they’re getting into and what it has to offer.

In the first instalment of a series of blogs about our local area, we have compiled a list of 15 Facts About Chipping Sodbury That We Think You Should Know.

These facts are all on a strictly need to know basis, and range from the quite interesting to the decidedly dull.

1. Chipping Sodbury is a medieval town (it says so on the new sign) about 11 miles north east of Bristol and 14 miles North West of Bath on the edge of the Cotswolds.

The M4 motorway at Junction 18 of M4 is about 4 miles away and Junction 14 of M5 about 7 miles away.

Bristol Parkway Station is about 8 miles away with frequent services to London. A local service to Bristol and Gloucester is available from Yate Station a couple of miles away.

2. Chipping Sodbury has the second widest street in England (after Malborough). The word ‘Chipping’ means market.

3. There are three Sodburys. The other two are the nearby hamlets of Little Sodbury and Old Sodbury.

4. Chipping Sodbury is not twinned with Sodding Chipbury and it is wrong to call younger inhabitants “Little Sods”. Chipping Sodbury is twinned with Cesson in France.

5. Chipping Sodbury is home to the Fabulous Baker Boys

Channel 4 (allegedly) refused to use the name Chipping Sodbury in their bakery series on the grounds that no one would take anyone from Chipping Sodbury seriously. I mean, honestly!

6. There is a snazzy new Waitrose store in the town. Chipping Sodbury has officially become aspirational

7. A farmers market is held twice a month; on the second and fourth Saturdays, there is a mop fair twice a year, a Victorian themed evening in December and yearly food & jazz festivals.

8. There are relatively few town houses in the High Street, Broad Street and Horse Street. McCarthy & Stone are building 60 assisted living apartments right next to Waitrose.There are plans for further housing at Barnhill Quarry behind the Waitrose supermarket and 247 houses a little over a mile away at Peg Hill.

9. There are no pubs on Chipping Sodbury High Street (good quiz question) but 7 along Broad Street and Horse Street and Rounceval Street

Update: The Horseshoe Pub has since opened at 2 High Street, so technically there is now 1 pub on the High Street!

10. There are a number of cafes/eateries in the town; The Hamptons Deli, Coffee #1, Cluso’s Café, The Coffee Bean – you could do a coffee and cake crawl

11. Chipping Sodbury was founded in Norman times, but originally there wasn’t a church in the town. Residents had to walk the two miles to Old Sodbury to attend a service.

Eventually a chapel was built and was later replaced with St John the Baptist.

And no need to worry about Chancel Repair Liability by the way.

12. There are two firms of solicitors in Chipping Sodbury or to put it another way, one other law firm; Beaufort Montague Harris

There is no longer a Mr. Clutton, a Mr. Cox, a Mr. Beaufort, a Mr. Montague or a Mr. Harris working in the law firms - I did say that Chipping Sodbury was medieval didn’t I?

13. There are five Estate Agencies in Chipping Sodbury with David James & Partners a firm of  Rural Surveyors and Estate Agents based in Old Sodbury

Three of the Estate Agencies in Chipping Sodbury are owner run, one is part of a franchise and one is corporately owned.

Milburys which also has offices in Thornbury and Wotton under Edge are owner run, as is Country Property Agents.

Besley Hill is a franchise owned by the same person who owns DEAssessments, the Energy Assessors who supply the compulsory Energy Performance Certificates, which are required when you put your home on the market for sale.

The corporate agency is Allen & Harris, which is part of the Sequence group of Estate Agents –Company Policy is to refer you to a non local firm of Conveyancing Solicitors (boo, hiss) unless you specifically ask for a local firm of Conveyancing Solicitors (hint, hint).

The latest estate agency to open is the eponymous Farringtons.

As always consider options, personal recommendations, check websites and obtain a few quotations for every service you require.

14. Should you hear the sound of a hoover, sorry vacuum, it could be Sir James Dyson. He lives in the nearby village of Dodington.

15. National treasure JK Rowling was born here! (The Dursley family are named after the local town of; yep you guessed it, Dursley!) and relatives of the original Potter family abound.

We love Chipping Sodbury, and so will you.

Come on, where on earth would you rather live?