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Tucked on the western edge of the wonderful North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the quaint town of Calne and the local vicinity is steeped in history, culture and places of interest.
Calne sits on the river Marden; a small river flowing through the town from the hills that shape the surrounding countryside, joining the River Avon just upstream of Chippenham.
Local history dates back to ancient times, with evidence of prehistoric settlement in the form of a Bronze Age burial to the north-west of the parish church. The landscape has been built upon and prospered under The Romans, Normans and Anglo-Saxons over time. There was a Roman settlement called Verlucio at Sandy Lane and three Roman villas have been discovered between this settlement and Calne, one being located near Bowood and another close to Studley Bridge.
This historically industrious town is famous for being the birthplace of the old English traditional technique of curing ham and bacon, known as the Wiltshire Cure. This time-honoured method of curing was introduced by the Harris family of Calne in 1843, who cured bacon in the town for over 200 years.
Calne and the surrounding area has a rich and interesting industrial heritage focussing over time on droving; canal and rail travel; and meat, woollen and broadcloth production.
Moving to Calne
The traditional market town of Calne has a variety of residential properties, from a range of different architectural periods.
The average price for property sold in Calne in January 2018 was £278,130. This sees an increase of 0.89% since October 2017 and a rise of 3.06% over the last year. Flats in Calne sold for an average price of £138,102 and the most popular sellers over the last year were terraced houses which averaged at £205,260. Semi-detached properties averaged a sale price of £243,575, while detached properties reached an average of £328,237.
A move to the charming town of Calne with Britannia Quickmove couldn’t be easier; with our office based in Calne, we are the convenient, reliable and knowledgeable choice when it comes to moving home.
Transport links in Calne
By air: The nearest airport to Calne is Bristol, 38 miles/61 km to the south west.
By car: Calne is located 16 miles/26 km southwest of Swindon; and Trowbridge, the County Town of Wiltshire, is 15 miles/24 km to the southwest. Calne is 19 miles/31 km east of Bath, meaning this historic spa town can be reached with ease via the A4 or the A3102 via Melksham. Calne is right on the A4, which travels from London through Wiltshire. London lies east of Calne, just over 90 miles away, taking just over 2 hours to reach the capital city by car. The A4 runs right through the heritage quarter of Calne, so it’s super easy to enjoy all this historic area of the town has to offer. The A350 is easy to reach, opening up access to the South Coast.
Public transport: There isn’t a train station at Calne, but the train station at Chippenham is conveniently only just over 7 miles away. From Chippenham, direct trains operate on a twice hourly basis to London Paddington, taking 1 hour 19 minutes. Reading is a mere 45-minute train journey from Chippenham and Bristol Temple Meads takes only 30 minutes by train.
A National Express coach service runs from Bath to London via Heathrow Airport and stops in Calne; meaning London is easy to reach from right on your doorstep via public transport. Local bus services are also provided to nearby villages, towns and cities such as Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Swindon and Bath.
There are a number of gardens and green open spaces to enjoy in Calne. Castlefields Canal and River Park; The Town Gardens; The Green; and Anchor Road Recreation Ground provide quiet spots and places to unwind, or the opportunity to take a pleasant walk or jog. Calne is blessed with having Bowood House and Gardens for a great day out; a wonderful place to explore; discover wildlife; enjoy the open space of the great outdoors; and relax in nature’s finery.
Of course, there’s also the North Wessex Downs in the immediate vicinity to discover, where you can explore Milk Hill and marvel at the ancient Alton Barnes White Horse; or Tan Hill, for instance, where the landscape undulates and rolls for miles, green and resplendent, as it has done for centuries. Not far from Calne is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Avebury, as well as Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow and, a little further afield, but still within easy reach, is Stonehenge.
Things to do In Calne
Calne has a strong sense of community spirit and a wide range of community events take place across the year, such as cinema screenings; exhibitions and quizzes. The town holds an annual Summer Festival and Carnival and the Wiltshire Game and Country Fair held at Bowood House brings visitors from far and wide.
Shopping and Eating Out: There are a variety of individual independent shops, cafés, pubs, restaurants and places to eat and relax, making Calne an enjoyable place to amble, enjoy some leisure time and take in the sights and sounds.
History and Culture: The heritage quarter in Calne is a charming place to visit to take in the echoes of times past, still present in the architecture, character and feel of the place. The heritage quarter has a range of independent shops, cafés, green spaces and historic buildings to enjoy. This lovely area is home to a beautiful Grade One listed church called The Church of St Mary the Virgin, as well as Calne Heritage Centre, where you can learn all about the rich and varied past of this vibrant little town.
Parks: Children can have fun, burn off some energy and make the most of outdoor play at any one of the 5 parks and play areas in the town which are managed by Calne Town Council.
Sport and Fitness: Calne Leisure Centre has a swimming pool and offers a variety of classes to keep you healthy and fit, such as yoga, circuits, pilates, body tone, aqua fitness and kettlebells. There’s a Junior gym, a swim school and a host of activities in the school holidays to keep young people amused and active.
Primary and Secondary: Calne residents are spoilt for choice in terms of schooling. There are plenty of good primary schools to choose from, such as Holy Trinity CofE Academy; Derry Hill CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School; Saint Edmunds Roman Catholic Primary School; Hilmarton Primary School; Cherhill CofE School; Fynamore Primary School; Heddington CofE Primary School; and St Margaret’s Preparatory, an independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, established in 1873. The historic, John Bentley School, which opened its doors as an educational institution in 1663, provides secondary education for children aged 11-19. St Mary’s School in Calne is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18 which shares its facilities with St Margaret’s Prep, including the 25m indoor swimming pool, dining hall, sports pitches, gymnasium, theatre and Chapel.
Further Education: Wiltshire College site in Chippenham, 6.5 miles/10.5 km away, is the nearest Further Education institute to the town of Calne, offering subjects such as art, media and music; construction, engineering and motorsport; hairdressing and beauty therapy. The college has 3 other nearby sites at Trowbridge, Salisbury and Lackham; collectively providing a range of full-time, part-time, further and higher education courses and apprenticeships. The college also has 3 nearby Enterprise Centres based in Corsham, Devizes and Warminster.
Wiltshire college runs a successful 14-16 programme offering Vocational Day courses or Full Time college study.
Higher Education: Calne is blessed with having 2 Higher Education institutes within close proximity to the town. The University of Bath campus at Claverton Down in Bath is only 19 miles/31 km away and Bath Spa University is 23 miles/37 km away, located between Bath and Bristol.
Removal Services in Calne
Calne is both brimming with history and bustling with activity, with plenty to help make you feel at home and settle into a new life in this pretty, riverside Wiltshire town. Once you’ve secured the place you’ve chosen to make your home, let our experienced and friendly team take care of moving you in. We understand how important this move is to you, and we know moving home can be an incredibly busy and intense experience. We aim to take care of all the details surrounding your relocation, taking the strain away from you, so that moving into your new home is as stress-free as possible.
Our team is experienced, caring and reliable. We pride ourselves on the reputation we have gained over the years for being experts in our field and a team you can rely on. Located in Calne, The Britannia Quickmove team are well accustomed to the town and can adeptly and smoothly move you in, so you can start settling in.
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