Why you should move to Frodsham
PUBLISHED: 22:02 14 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:04 17 January 2015
THE historic market town of Frodsham has a lot to offer homebuyers, from families to couples to the retired.
Frodsham has been a filming mecca with scenes from the BBC's Merseybeat, Channel 4's Hollyoaks and ITV's Far From the Madding Crowd shot here and it was also transformed into Sherwood Forest for the Hollywood blockbuster, Robin Hood.
This small community is bustling with things to do and groupss to join. There is an active community centre which acts as a place for many of the local groups to meet. It only gained town status fairly recently in 1992 but has made the transition well while retaining its village charms.
Well worth a look is the Castle Park Arts Centre, just off Main Street. It operates as a charitable trust and has an historic clock tower. It holds numerous workshops and classes as well as having a good gift shop and cafe. One not to miss is the market which has run in the town since 1681 when it was granted permission by King Charles II. It is popular with locals and visitors and is situated on Main Street, believed to be one of the widest streets in England.
The location is also a plus point for Frodsham. It provides easy access to nearby Northwich, Helsby, Runcorn, Widnes and Warrington as well as a good commuter trail for people working in other parts of Cheshire, Merseyside and, at a stretch, parts of Lancashire.
Average property prices can only be described as erratic. The cost of a home over the past ten years has dipped as low as £160,000 to a peak of just under £285,000. At the beginning of 2007 prices took a beating with a dip in average prices of almost £100,000. This has now recovered with figures well on their way to recouping that loss.
Today, houses are on the pricey side and are pitched at bigger budgets. Many cost more than £500,000 with a few tipping the all important million pound mark. But most of all, the name of the game in this market town is definitely character with many of the homes bursting with original features and a tale to tell.
There is also a strong market for new homes with developments popping up in the centre as well as a selection on the outskirts. The good news is that these developments are tailored to a variety of budgets, providing a good step onto Frodsham's property ladder. So why not make the leap?
Ups: Town facilities with a village feel, thriving community, good pubs and shops.
Downs: Maybe a little too close to the nearby Shell plant but I struggled to find downs for Frodsham
Schools: Frodsham CE Primary School, 01928 733284; Frodsham County High School, 01928 731665; Weaver Vale Primary School, 01928 732695; Manor House Primary School, 01928 732341; St Luke's Catholic Primary School, 01928731721.
Transport: Trains run regularly from Frodsham station to Manchester, some via Warrington, and to Chester, North Wales and Liverpool.
Commuting: Well positioned for Northwich, Runcorn, Widnes and Warrington which on a good day are less than half an hour drive. Parts of Merseyside are commutable and Frodsham is also near the M56 giving access to the rest of Cheshire. The M6 motorway is also a fairly short distance away.
Shops: Everything from gift shops, florists, homeware shops, boutiques and bakeries. There is also the famous market which has been held in Frodsham every Thursday since 1661. Need a trim? The Old Barbers Shop can offer a short back and sides or a hot towel shave. Former children's television star Bob Carolgees also runs a candle shop here.
Restaurants/bars: Good pubs and restaurants including one of the oldest in the town The Bear's Paw which has good food and cask ales.
Weekend fun: Frodsham has more than 100 local clubs and societies catering to a huge variety of tastes. A walk around the town is nice as well as a few further afield for a more challenging walk. There's also a children's activity centre, a nature reserve in nearby Runcorn and if you like theme parks, Gulliver's World is not too far away in Warrington.