Saffron Walden named as one of the best places to live in Britain

PUBLISHED: 08:50 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 16 March 2018

Market Square, Saffron Walden.

Market Square, Saffron Walden.


Saffron Walden is one of twelve locations in the east to have been named among the 'Best Places to Live in Britain' by The Sunday Times.

Gold Street, Saffron Walden.Gold Street, Saffron Walden.

The guide has named Chelmsford as the ‘Best Place to Live in the East’, noting its excellent state education.

The accolade comes ahead of the full reveal of The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, which is published on Sunday, March 18.

The supplement assesses a wide range of factors, from jobs, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops, in order to compile the definitive top locations to live.

Founder and CEO at Habito, Daniel Hegarty, said: “Essex had three towns listed in the top 10 best commuter towns for London this year, so it is no surprise that it features highly in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live.

The crowd fills the Market Square. Photo: Celia BartlettThe crowd fills the Market Square. Photo: Celia Bartlett

“While this guide looks beyond house prices, we know that the process of getting a mortgage can mean that finding a dream home can be a nightmare. Whether you are considering using Government schemes to buy for the first time, or are looking to remortgage ahead of the Bank of England’s next interest rate rise, using a broker can help your chances and make the process as smooth as possible.

“With an estimated 1 in 4 people overpaying on their mortgage by £4,100 every year, even those homeowners lucky enough to be living in Chelmsford or Chesterton could potentially benefit from checking how much they could save.”

In total, twelve locations in the East are included in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2018, including the fishing town of Wivenhoe, Essex. In Suffolk, the guide highlights Woodbridge, Orford and Bungay for their quaint markets, local produce and charm.

Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor, added: “Choosing the right location to put down roots is one of the most important decisions you’ll make, which is why we’re here to help - and what Best Places to Live in Britain is all about.

Church Street, Saffron Walden Church Street, Saffron Walden

“We’re very excited that it is a standalone magazine this year. There is much to celebrate, and Britain is scattered with thriving towns and villages, cool cities and suburbs, though people may be surprised how many traditional favourites haven’t made the cut in 2018.”

The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain covers the following regions: North and Northeast, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Southeast, Wales, Southwest, East, London, Scotland and the Northwest. It also reveals the overall best place to live in the UK.

The methodology uses robust statistics, but also the knowledge of The Sunday Times’s expert panel. The judges combine the hard data with their own on-the-ground experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.

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