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If you're looking for reasonably affordable housing and wish to commute this is for you
Taunton in General
Member Name: chrisc92
Taunton in General
Advantages: Plenty of shops, local attractions and within easy commuting distance of the main cities of the sout
Disadvantages: It is pretty dull and nightlife is restricted to pubs and a nightclub
After reading a previous review I think I need to write something myself about Taunton
I was born there and lived in Taunton until about 8 years ago when I moved down to Plymouth - apart from 2 years spent studying in Coventry.
Taunton is the county town of Somerset and it is very much linked to its market and farming traditions as it's totally surrounded by farmland.
Nighlife is pretty much non-existant apart from many bars and a nighclub situated across the road from the railway station.
It has 1 main road strewn with shops - but is split into sections (by road names - from station road to north street, to east street to east reach - but it is one continuous road) and off of it is the High Street which links to Vivary Park which is an attractive area to visit.
Situated right next to Vivary Park is my own personal favourite part of the town - a public golf course owned and run by the local council. It's a very attractive course but not for the feint hearted as fairways run side by side and it seemed quite a regular occurrence for the odd ball to whistle past your ears as you were heading down your own fairway.
One of the many attractions is the county museum located near to the bus station and contains artefacts that reflect Taunton's past as a strong point for the Monmouth rebellion and Judge Jefferies bloody asizes.
It is ideally situated for those travelling to London - approximately 2 hours by train, and for many other areas such as Exeter, Bristol and Birmingham all within reasonable travel times. Housing prices are moderate and its an area well worth considering as a base for travel across the South West.
For fanatics Taunton is the home of Somerset cricket and has seen the likes of Ian Botham, Viv Richards, Joel Garner and many others as star players and many a six has landed in the River Tone situated alongside the ground and the main market car park across the road. In the years of Ian Botham, Viv Richards and Joel Garner my father whose organ works (Osmonds) now closed regularly had a supply of cricket balls smashing windows and landing within its grounds.
I still go back there from time to time as I still have family members living in the town, but it is not a place I would want to live in again.
It is certainly worth a visit or for someone who is seriously considering commuting.
Summary: A town that is in real need of sprucing up - but its population is growing substantially
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