Living in Midsomer Norton

Brief History

Midsomer Norton is a town near the Mendip Hills in Bath & North East Somerset, which is located 10 miles south-west of Bath. The area is known locally as Norton Radstock, as the neighbouring village, Radstock, over time has converged with Midsomer Norton, almost creating a single town.

"Norton" means 'north enclosure' from the Old English, while the use of its forename to distinguish it from other 'Nortons' is of late origin and not mentioned until 1334. The town is situated midway between two branches of the River Somer; the Somer itself and Wellow Brook, which joins the Somer a short distance to the east near Radstock.

The Duchy of Cornwall owned most of the mineral rights around Midsomer Norton and various small pits opened around 1750 to exploit these. Coal mining in the Somerset coalfield gave the town and area its impetus as an industrial centre. And for many years the coalmines provided employment for local men until they ceased operations in the 1960s, around this time the town's two railway stations also closed.

Since the mine closures, good employment opportunities still remained for the town with elements of the print industry, and although some of these plants have also now begun to close, overall employment levels in the area remain very high.

In recent years, Midsomer Norton and Radstock have increasingly become commuter towns. Today, living in Midsomer Norton is affordable, peaceful and restful.

Midsomer Norton in Facts

  • Area: 7 sq miles
  • Population: 16,617
  • Postcode: BA3
  • Area codes: 01761
  • Airport: Bristol
  • Train station: Bath Spa
  • Local Council: Bathnes
  • Average property price: £221,695

All facts use 2016 data

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Shopping

The town has a variety of different and interesting independent shops, which provides a pleasurable shopping experience.

Midsomer Norton has a Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month, which is held inside the Methodist Church on the High Street.

Travel

The town has good road links to Bath (10.8 miles) and Bristol (14.9 miles).

Bath Spa (10.8 miles) is the nearest train station and provides regular services to London Paddington as well as many other major cities.

Bristol Airport (14.6 miles) provides both regular commercial flights as well as a private business terminal.

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Education

Located a short distance from Midsomer Norton, Downside School is a leading co-educational Catholic independent school.

The area is also home to some of the county's leading state schools and provides a good range of primary and secondary education options. Bath College offers further studies, from it's Radstock campus.

Lifestyle and Culture

The area is a hot bed for up and coming bands with many pubs and clubs hosting regular live music.

Used as a performing arts school by day, The Victoria Hall hosts a programme regular events and concerts.

Celebrating Somerset's coal mining history, The Radstock Museum is well worth a visit.

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Sports

Utlising the disused railway line which previously linked Radstock and Frome, the National Cycle Route 24, provides cyclists with miles of safe, open track to ride.

There are several local football clubs including Welton Rovers F.C. who play in the Western Football League. Midsomer Norton also has its own Cricket club, and a Rugby union team.

Property in Midsomer Norton

The Midsomer Norton and Radstock area is home a wide range of properties, from exciting new builds to large historic estates and everything in between.

Living in Midsomer Norton and Radstock is tranquil and calm. Village life makes for the perfect escape from the demands of modern life.

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