Moving to Newbury? Here’s 5 Things You Need to Know

November 09, 2023

Moving to Newbury? Here’s 5 Things You Need to Know

Newbury is a beautiful, vibrant market town, most famous for being the home of Newbury Racecourse. If you are moving to Newbury, you will quickly find that this wonderful town has much more on offer. 

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There is a unique blend of historical richness, coming from it being the home of Donnington Castle and Highclere Castle (If you are a Downton Abbey fan, the latter is a must-see!), mixed with many modern conveniences. 

If you are moving to Newbury, it is important to have a knowledge and understanding of the local community as this will allow you to have a smooth transition into your new home. 

Embrace the Rich History of Newbury

Newbury’s history dates back to the 11th Century when it was first recorded as a town which held the right to hold a fair and a market. The manor of Newbury belonged to a French Knight, Emulph de Hesdin after it was given to him by William the Conqueror in 1080. 

Donnington Castle, a historical landmark in Newbury, was built around 1336 by Sir Richard Adderbury. 

In the late 15th Century, Newbury came to prominence for the manufacturing of high-quality cloth. It was not until the 20th Century that it became the place synonymous with horse racing when Newbury Racecourse was built. 

If you would like to delve into the history of Newbury, the West Berkshire Museum is the place you need to go. 

Navigate the Newbury Housing Market

With its scenic countryside and excellent links to London, there are many people considering moving to Newbury. There are many areas which are sought after within Newbury including Highclere, Burghclere and Compton. 

In Highclere, houses sell for an average of £937,000 so it is not a cheap area to move to but it is a picturesque area and, even if you don’t buy within this area, it is a must visit if you are a fan of Downton Abbey as it is the home to Highclere Castle, where some of the television series was filmed. 

Compton is a cheaper area with the average house price being around £476,572. Like Highclere, it is a very beautiful village and it is located to the north of Newbury town centre. 

Burghclere’s house prices sit in the middle, averaging at £640,571. Burghclere is south of Newbury town centre and it is another beautiful village. Burghclere also has its own claim to fame, with it being the home for the rabbits in the book, Watership Down. 

To buy within Newbury itself, you would be looking at paying an average of £436,136

Discover the Convenience of Transportation In Newbury

Newbury is served by two railway stations, Newbury and Newbury Racecourse, both of which are on the Reading to Taunton line. There are also many local bus services to transport you around Newbury and the local area. 

 It is also extremely conveniently located for access to the M4 motorway. 

Newbury Employment & Economic Prospects

Newbury and the entire West Berkshire area have a mix of industry sectors, varying from town to town. In 2020, 900 new businesses were started within the area, adding to the 8,800 that were already established.

The top four sectors in the area are Information and Communication, Real Estate, Wholesale and Retail and Manufacturing. 

If you are moving to Newbury and are also on the lookout for a job in the area, there are a variety of jobs available on job websites such as Indeed

Top Things To Do In Newbury

Moving to a new area doesn’t always have to be about all the serious stuff. It, of course, has to be about the fun things that you can do within the area. There are many events that go on throughout the year, with a calendar available here

There are also a variety of different food and drink venues such as The Bacon Arms pub, Bill’s restaurant or, if you are just after a cup of tea, family-owned Boswells will be perfect. 

And, we cannot forget all the historical attractions which surround this area – Donnington Castle, Highclere Castle and Welford Park, to name just a few. 

It probably goes without saying that, if you enjoy horse racing, moving to Newbury will mean that you are in for a treat with Newbury Racecourse now on your doorstep. 

There are many things to do in Newbury for you and your family, which will allow you to get to know your new area better, learn some of its history and meet the local people. 

Moving To Newbury

Moving to Newbury will be an amazing next step in your life. It is such a beautiful town and there is so much to do within it and the surrounding area.

We hope that this post has inspired you to begin looking more into your new home as knowing and understanding the local landscape can help you have a seamless transition into your new community.

If you need any help with your move, Cinch Self Storage Newbury will be able to offer you your perfect storage unit, in which your belongings will be stored safely and securely until your new home is ready. Each of our units is fitted with a state-of-the-art alarm system and we have 24/7 CCTV around the entire Newbury facility.  Your belongings will be completely protected with us. 

We hope your move to Newbury goes smoothly and don’t forget – we are here if you need us. Please head to our website or give us a call: 01635 953 900 to find out more. 

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