Stamford best place to live in Britain

Photo: SM240712-005ow'Stamford Meadows.
Photo: SM240712-005ow'Stamford Meadows.
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Stamford has been named as the best place to live in Britain by The Sunday Times.

The town was given the top spot in the poll by the newspaper because of its architecture, low crime rate and standard of schools.

It was also given credit for transport links across the country and shopping areas.

In the supplement, titled Best Places to Live in Britain, the report said: “The ducks are quacking and the river sparkles in the spring sunshine. Across the green of Stamford’s famous water meadows, young families and couples enjoy the day, sipping takeaway coffees from the cosy independent cafes, such as the Fine Food Store, that line the gloriously Georgian high street.

“It feels familiar — the town has starred in period dramas from Middlemarch to Pride and Prejudice, just one lucky by-product of Stamford being named Britain’s first conservation area. The architecture and honey-stone streets really are magnificent, but that’s not all Stamford has to recommend it; this friendly town offers good organic produce as well as designer boutiques.”

Oakham was also in the newspaper’s list, placed at number 51.

The report said the town has “good houses, super schools and friendly people”.

The other locations listed in the top four of the list of 101 towns include Kendal in the Lake District, Wye in Kent and Thornbury near Bristol.