Living in Kingsbridge

If you are thinking of a move to Kingsbridge, our specific area information will help you learn more about the stunning South Hams. Whether you're looking for property for sale in Kingsbridge or property to rent in Kingsbridge, the team at Marchand Petit Estate Agents Kingsbridge Office is always happy to help. We're conveniently located at the top of Fore Street with easy parking nearby.

Attractions / Things to do in the area

Jump aboard the passenger vessel ‘Rivermaid’ from Kingsbridge Quay and take a cruise along the sheltered estuary waters to nearby Salcombe and enjoy a panoramic seascape.

Wet day in Kingsbridge, bored children? Then pop along to the Art Café in the high street where a warm welcome awaits with plenty to do; paint your own pottery over tea and homemade cake.

The Cookworthy Museum housed within the 1670 Old Grammar School is a lively local resource for all the family, telling the story of Kingsbridge and the South Hams.

Visit the Kings Cinema, part of the Merlin Cinema group located in the historic former Town Hall and you can watch fully digital general release films on 3 screens in charming surroundings. Also on offer are the latest Event Cinema listings bringing opera, ballet and theatre amongst other genres to you from major cities around the globe. To find the cinema just look up the high street (Fore Street) and head for the impressive town hall clock dated 1875.

Bantham Beach, 4 miles from Kingsbridge town centre, is a stunner and offers something for everyone; from young children splashing in shallow pools at low tide to kite surfers flying high above the waves with the expansive back-drop of Burgh Island and Bigbury Bay.

About the Area

Kingsbridge is a lively working town with a tidal ria, allowing wonderful waterside views, where you’re just as likely to spot a paddle-boarder as a feeding swan at high tide. More than just a picturesque holiday spot with stunning local beaches and coastal walks, Kingsbridge offers a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, open all year. During the summer months, recent Food and Music Festivals have enjoyed hot balmy conditions and large crowds were treated to fabulous local produce with music on the side. These advantageous weather conditions often ensure an India Summer prolongs the holiday season and with Kingsbridge now awarded accreditation as Devon’s first WALKERS ARE WELCOME town (WAW), a whole year round interest attracts visitors. Kingsbridge is part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) established to conserve and enhance the beauty of the landscape.

History

Due to a central location, Kingsbridge is the natural and historic hub of the South Hams, first appearing in a 962 Anglo-Saxon charter as ‘Cinges bricge’ (“Kings bridge”). The bridge that started it all connected the two Royal estates of West Alvington and Chillington. However the settlement did not merit a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086, although Dodbrooke just scraped in as ‘Dodesbroch’. All this changed with the arrival of the Normans, and if you were to ask, “What have the Normans ever done for us?”  Well they established the town we know today. Sometime after the Norman Conquest, Kingsbridge and lands around passed into the hands of the Abbots of Buckfast Abbey. And since the granting of the right to hold a market in 1219 Kingsbridge has carried on the tradition as a market town.  

Education & statistics

Kingsbridge Community College aims to be an outstanding learning community where individuals thrive.  Judged “outstanding” by Ofsted the College wants students to be excited by their learning in the classroom and beyond, committed to achieving their very best and confident about their futures. Proud to have been designated one of the first teaching schools, now playing a leading role in training and professional development of teachers, raising standards through an alliance of schools.

Facilities are of a high standard, and since becoming an academy, the College has benefited from over £3 million of capital funding, enabling amongst other things, the development of a brand new Science Centre and enhancing sporting facilities, including a new grass sports pitch, and floodlighting for our all weather pitch.

The combination of passionate and talented teaching and support staff with high quality facilities create an enviable learning environment which students both appreciate and benefit from.

Devon County Council’s Strategic unit offers a statistical overview based on a series of facts and figures from which the following is evident; levels of crime are significantly below the National average and 94% of people living in the local area are very satisfied with where they live.

Transport Information

Kingsbridge is approximately 10 miles off the A38, part of which is known as the Devon Expressway; a major A-class trunk road with links including Plymouth and Cornwall and Exeter and the M5.

Kingsbridge comprises the main town and a surrounding hinterland of 18 parishes: Buckland-Tout-Saints, Charleton, Chivelstone, Churchstow, East Allington, East Portlemouth, Frogmore and Sherford, Loddiswell, Malborough, Salcombe, Slapton, South Huish, South Milton, South Pool, Stokenham, Thurlestone, West Alvington and Woodleigh.

Population

The most dominant Mosaic Group in Kingsbridge is rural which accounts for 44% of households, a further third are in the better off elderly category. Such deprivation that there is in the area is mainly in the town of Kingsbridge.

As a whole the area appears to quite affluent but there are small pockets of deprivation – notably poorer elderly group I (Older people living in social housing with high care needs) – mainly in Kingsbridge itself where there are 300 households in this category.

Unemployment levels in the market town area are similar to the district average and below the county and national average.

Economic activity rates as a whole within the market town area are lower than the county and national averages.

Self employment levels in the surrounding hinterland are significantly higher than the county and national averages and conversely the level of full-time employment is lower.

The percentage of employment by industry sector of those living in the market town area highlights the main sectors of employment and wholesale & retail and real estate. This represents nearly 30% of employment in the market town area.

The largest numbers of businesses in the market town area are within the Hotel & restaurant and wholesale & retail sectors accounting for more than 40% of all businesses.

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