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The pleasant, historic Market town of Melksham, nestled on the banks of the beautiful River Avon in rural Wiltshire, has much to boast about. It’s a sizable small town, with good recreational facilities, including a swimming pool, leisure centre and library; a variety of shops; a diverse and thriving business sector; easy transport links with a train station and the M4 close by; a choice of schooling and childcare; and a lively and varied social scene. Melksham has ample means to serve its inhabitants well and is fast growing in reputation as a desirable place to live.
The Britannia Quickmove office is based just over 9 miles away in neighbouring Calne, and our knowledgeable and skilful team are well placed to facilitate your move to Melksham.
Melksham is mentioned in the Domesday Book as a very well established settlement and the once stretching Melksham Forest was a favourite hunting ground for Tudor kings. Historical records note Melksham as a prosperous town largely built on the woollen and agricultural industries. Today, one of Wiltshire’s larger towns, Melksham continues to flourish, as more houses are built and housing developments invested in, as well as the prospering number of new businesses setting up in the area.
Parts of Melksham are very quaint and picture postcard such as the charming historic area of the town centre, including St Michael and All Angels Church, Canon Square and Church Walk.
Moving to Melksham
Both opulent and quaint Period housing, as well as modern new builds, can be found in this growing rural town, to suit a variety of tastes and pockets.
Over the last year semi-detached properties have sold for an average price of £221,774; terraced properties for an average of £193,467 and detached properties have reached an average of £301,319. This gives Melksham an overall average house price of £222,279 which is significantly more affordable than nearby Seend (£339,500), Lacock (£357,571) and Holt (£363,065).
House prices do seem to be on a steady rise with overall sold prices in Melksham over the last year being 7% up on the previous year and 16% up on the 2014 average of £191,734.
Once you’ve found your dream home, let us do the legwork. Our friendly and experienced Britannia Quickmove team are well equipped to ensure your move to Melksham is as smooth and trouble-free as possible. Although extremely exciting, moving home can be a daunting prospect. Let Britannia Quickmove take the daunting out of moving; allowing you to relax and look forward.
By air: The nearest airport to the town is Bristol, a mere 37 miles along the M4. Heathrow is only 1 hour 30 mins away.
By car: Melksham has great transport links, situated on the north/south A350 and only 8 miles south of junction 17 of the M4. It’s the perfect location for accessing the rest of Wiltshire, enabling you to easily make the most of the stunning local countryside. Being so close to the M4 opens up commuting options ranging from London, the South Coast, the South West and into South Wales.
Public transport is good with Melksham having its own train station connecting the town to Bristol, London and Swindon. London is approximately a 1.5 hour train ride from Melksham and you can be in Bristol in as little as 40 minutes. Cardiff can be reached in an hour and 40 minutes, and you can be in Oxford in as little as an hour and 10 minutes.
Bear in mind the station is small so doesn’t have facilities such as an ATM machine, toilets or a waiting room. There isn’t a ticket office in operation at this station either but passengers can collect pre-paid tickets and purchase tickets from a ticket machine.
It’s worth noting there isn’t a taxi rank or cab office at the station, but there are several taxi firms operating in and around Melksham, as well as local bus services covering the surrounding area and a National Express service connects the town with London.
Alternatively, nearby Chippenham (about 8 miles away) operates half-hourly trains to Bristol and London. Journeys to Bristol take 30 minutes, and travelling to London is a 1 hour 16 minute journey from here.
Things to do
Eating out: If eating and drinking out, there are plenty of independent cafés, pubs and restaurants to choose from as well as a treasure-trove of local establishments in the surrounding rural towns and quaint villages.
Entertainment: In addition to the local pubs and clubs, The Assembly Hall provides a range of entertainment to suit different tastes including comedy, live music, pantomime, roller disco, as well as offering classes such as yoga.
Getting active: The Sports Centre offers great facilities and a variety of activities to keep you fit, active and healthy, including a Gym, Hall, Squash Courts, Ten Pin Bowling, Green Bowls, Studio and a Crèche. Clubs include badminton and Taekwondo. Melksham has its own swimming pool which offers a choice of pool based classes ranging from gentle to high impact to suit all abilities and ages.
Children & young people: There are a multitude of clubs and things to do for children in Melksham. There’s a fun Play Centre to enjoy and let off some steam, and a music kindergarten for the toddlers, as well as an active Youth Centre and Youth Café for young people to socialise and get involved in activities, to name a few.
Green Spaces: Sandwiched between the Cotswolds and the North Wessex Downs, Melksham is the perfect spot to explore local areas of amazing natural beauty. Melksham itself is host to some lovely walks. The local parks offer green space, somewhere to amble and a place for children to play. The Riverside Walk which follows the picturesque Avon is a beautiful stretch to wander, explore and immerse in Nature. Another peaceful place to take a stroll is The Conigre Mead Nature Reserve. The Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and fauna and is run by volunteers in conjunction with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through Melksham, providing the perfect setting for a walk or bike ride. Travel East to the historic Devizes Caen Hill Locks or West towards Bradford on Avon and Bath.
Events: An historically thriving market town, Melksham still holds a local weekly market offering a range of fresh produce and locally made items. Melksham also holds a popular annual Christmas Fayre incorporating the switching on of the Christmas lights. This busy town has an active calendar of events, giving the community plenty of opportunity to come together. There’s the Scarecrow Trail at Easter; the Food and Drink Festival in May; and the summer months host the Melksham Comic Convention, Melksham Music Festival, Melksham Carnival and the popular Party in the Park.
Removal Services in Melksham
Britannia Quickmove provides a first class and trusted removals service in Melksham and across the area. If you’re moving to Melksham from another area, or live in Melksham currently and are leaving for pastures new, you can trust our experienced teams to arrange the entire process with precision and care, ensuring your relocation is as smooth and stress-free as possible. However, far afield you’re coming from or going to, nationally or overseas, the Britannia network of trusted teams can cover all elements of your move, providing peace of mind for you and your family.
If you are moving away from Melksham but are looking to remain local, we offer removals services across Wiltshire and are the leading company for Swindon Moving Services.