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So, what's wrong with Wootton Bassett?

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Rhubarb Sun 19-Apr-09 20:55:21

We're just browsing through houses for sale. Wanted to buy in Chippenham but can't afford the prices, so we're looking instead at Calne, Corsham and someone recently mentioned Wootton Bassett.

People have said that Calne suffers from teenage gangs, but it's such a pretty town I simply can't imagine it. Wootton Bassett also seems fairly cheap considering it's location near to Swindon and the motorway. So what is wrong with these places? We need local feedback!

SparklingSarah Mon 20-Apr-09 00:03:08

sorry - pass!

can you go by and spend a day or a few hours there?

We moved from London to Northants to a town everyone arghed at they forgot they'd not seen the epi centre of SW London in full force :O

so we came up here had a nose about saw where the amenities are spoke to people had lunch a play in the park looked at possible houses ( just from outside)

We found the house we later moved into and got a nose because there were builders in it so they said yes have a nose!

it also prepared our kids we had references to the place

CMOTdibbler Mon 20-Apr-09 12:04:52

I have friends who live in Wootton Bassett - the schools are good, they don't get much trouble, and there's a reasonable selection of shops. Most of the houses are 70's, and I think the house prices are low as there are so many new builds in N Swindon

CountessDracula Mon 20-Apr-09 12:10:33

maybe it's the location near to swindon that keeps it cheap (as swindon is not terribly nice is it?)

CountessDracula Mon 20-Apr-09 12:11:35

it looks nice to me driving through though

littlerach Mon 20-Apr-09 12:13:43

Think CD is right about Swindon.

I always htough Clane was a nic eplace ot live.
Corsham is nice, good school and i hitnk nice shops.

GracieGrace Mon 20-Apr-09 12:13:47

i knew someone who had ot entertain neer do well teens in WB
was a mare to find anything to do, tbh i dont see thepoint of north wilts

Rhubarb Mon 20-Apr-09 13:46:14

You don't see the point of North Wilts? What would you suggest we do then, nuke it?

I can never figure out which part of bloody Wilts I'm in! grin

Staff at the school again today said that Calne was not an area they'd choose to live in. We've heard that now from so many people I think we're just going to have to strike it off the list. I trust local knowledge is better than my "Oh this looks nice" evaluations!

We're booked in to see a place in Wootton Bassett on Sat. We'll probably wander around the place too, weigh up how friendly it is (people usually react to our accents one way or another) and ask for local opinions on their town.

littlerach Mon 20-Apr-09 14:17:21

Hope it goes well smile

ForeverOptimistic Mon 20-Apr-09 14:20:22

I quite like Wootton Bassett, the secondary school is the best in the area.

Lol at "dont see the point of north wilts". North Wiltshire is not as pretty as South Wiltshire but its not that bad.

weepootle Mon 20-Apr-09 14:23:20

I'd far rather be in Corsham than Chippenham, it's a fantastic place to live with great (outstanding) schools.

MrsFlittersnoop Mon 20-Apr-09 14:56:38

Corsham is lovely, and very close to Bath with its lovely shops and restaurants. Great for days out with the kids as well! Chippenham is a bit of a dump TBH, and unless you need to be near a railway station I wouldn't consider it.

Rhubarb Mon 20-Apr-09 16:20:20

Aha - littleRach! I should really talk to you shouldn't I?

No opinions on Calne then folks?

littlerach Mon 20-Apr-09 17:56:42

I always thought Calne was nice, but if locals say not, then take their advice.

Corsham v good school.
Think good town.
Used ot have awful nightclub, the Flamingo. was terrible grin

wannaBe Mon 20-Apr-09 18:02:58

Basset is nice. Don't know about the house prices, although as someone said could be due to the amount of new build in n.Swindon (which is ironically where I live).

Also worth bearing in mind that wb is in close proximity to RAF Lyneham, so you will get overflying aeroplanes.

Wilts Mon 20-Apr-09 18:08:30

I always though Basset was fine.

Lyneham is due to close by 2012 so you would only have the problem of planes until then

Wilts Mon 20-Apr-09 18:09:09


GracieGrace Mon 20-Apr-09 18:09:16

hasnt it won a reprieve?

OrmIrian Mon 20-Apr-09 18:15:04

Hmmm... not sure that listening to locals is always a good idea. If they've been living there forever they may well see a group of teenagers walking down a road together as a riot, the occasional rush hour hold up as a major traffic problem and a small council estate as a deprived area hmm And whatever you do, don't ask them about the town next door - they will grudges as long as your arm because someone's auntie had her sheep stolen there before 1918 war and it's never been forgiven.

Find some incomers and ask them ! They will have a more sensible perspective.

oopsacoconut Mon 20-Apr-09 18:30:54


Calne is a bit of a non-entity it is some where you drive through to get to Marlborough. There has been a bit of a problem with a group of teenage boys causing hassle and some vandalism. Houses on the big estates are cheap. Have you thought of Devizes?

Wooten Bassett is place I have only ever driven through so can't give you any info.

Corsham is very nice and has a few new estates where houses are cheaper but I think they are still more expensive than Chippenham.

oopsacoconut Mon 20-Apr-09 18:33:06

Wootton not wooten gah bad spelling moment

Never heard of it.

Thought this thread was going to be a baby name one, am very disappointed.

Wilts Mon 20-Apr-09 18:36:30

Stripey- for a boy or a girl? wink

Definetly a boy's name!

Domesticallychallenged Mon 20-Apr-09 19:06:30

I was brought up in Calne. My parents still live there. It used to have quite a rough end/side and the Marlborough side has always been more desirable. It's much better than it used to be when I was a child. We currently own a house there and if DH's job allowed would happily move back.

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