If you are thinking of moving to Epsom, you do not need to rely on the current residents’ opinion that Epsom is a great place to live: just ask the experts! This thriving market town was named ‘Best place to live 2005’ in Channel 4’s ‘The Best and Worst Places to Live in the UK’, it came eighth in 2006 and third in Location, Location, Location’s ‘Best place to live in the UK’ poll in 2007. The Borough of Epsom & Ewell was ranked in the top 10 of the Halifax ‘Quality of Life’ survey in 2011. Several established letting agents in Epsom will make any transaction smooth.
Epsom’s position in the London commuter belt, 13.6 miles south-west of Charing Cross and just inside the M25, affords easy access to London and the City, as well as the rolling Surrey countryside and the South Downs. A traditional market town with a twice weekly market, monthly Farmers’ Markets and craft markets in the shadow of Epsom Clock Tower (built in 1847), there is always plenty going on here. The town centre plays host to local bands and performance groups some Sundays and there is even the occasional Punch & Judy show! Epsom also boasts a large selection of traditional shops as well as many regular High Street names in both the busy Ashley Centre shopping mall and around the town centre.
Entertainment-wise there is lots to do, thanks to Epsom’s plethora of restaurants, clubs, bars and pubs – including ‘Loo of the Year Award’ winning J D Wetherspoon, sited in the 17th Century Assembly Rooms, built when Epsom was one of England’s leading health spas. Epsom’s theatre – Epsom Playhouse – offers something for everyone, featuring a wide selection of professional productions (many straight from the West End) including all types of theatre, the ballet, comedy and live music as well as audience participation events such as the ‘Singalonga’ series and traditional pantomime. Epsom also benefits from three, 18-hole golf courses, two leisure centres, a multiplex Odeon cinema and large library. An abundance of parkland in and around the town centre joins some 400 acres of open space at Horton Country Park (which includes the popular Hobbledown children’s farm and Epsom Polo Club) and 600 acres of unspoilt heath and woodlands with panoramic views across London at Epsom Downs – home of the world famous racecourse, which features two of the five English Classic horse races; the Derby and the Oaks.
Epsom has enviable transport links too. The newly refurbished railway station – currently being considered for Zone 6 inclusion, has regular services to Victoria (35 minutes away) Waterloo (30 minutes away) and London Bridge as well as Wimbledon where it connects with the London Underground and Thameslink services. Bus services are excellent too, connecting passengers with many local towns, including Morden at the start of the Northern Line tube. The M25 is just minutes away by car – as is the A3 which offers fast links to the South Coast and beyond.
When it comes to education, residents are spoilt for choice. Epsom’s excellent infant, primary, secondary and private schools regularly rate highly in the Government’s OFSTED reports. Epsom College, City of London Freemen’s School, NESCOT College and the University for the Creative Arts, are all based in and around Epsom, which also houses the renowned Laine Theatre Arts performing arts centre that counts Victoria Beckham amongst its alumni.
Epsom General Hospital, which has an Accident and Emergency facility, is on the edge of the town centre.
According to Wikipedia, Epsom appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Evesham. Back then it comprised 38 peasant households grouped near St. Martin’s Church and its assets were 11 hides; two churches, two mills worth 10 shillings, 18 ploughs, 24 acres of meadow as well as woodland ‘worth 20 hogs’. How it has changed!