This week we’re revisiting the Somerset town of Crewkerne with lots of local info for anyone planning a move to this South Somerset town in the new year, along with the latest house prices in the area for renters and buyers.
This traditional Somerset market town is situated fairly close to the Dorset border and Northover and Gilbert removals HQ here in Bridport which is why we are often hired to perform removals in Crewkerne or store items for locals in our secure storage facility.
The name Crewkerne comes from the words ‘cruc’ meaning hill and ‘earn’ – a storehouse. There has been a settlement here in the South Somerset hills since Saxon times and coins have been found that were minted in Crewkerne during the reign of King Ethelred the Unready (978 – 1016). The surrounding countryside is dotted with footpaths and bridleways and the town centre is a designated conservation area, featuring honey-coloured stone buildings built with stone quarried at nearby Ham Hill.
The local amenities here are good. The town centre is host to a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants, several supermarkets along with independent boutique and artisan shops and a swimming pool with a gym. There are two primary schools and a large secondary school nearby.
Considering its rural location, the travel links in Crewkerne are great. The train station is situated on the main line to London, meaning you can get a direct train to London Waterloo in around two and a half hours. If you’re driving, the A30 runs through the town linking it by road to Exeter (less than an hour away) and London via the A303 (less than 3 hours).
House prices in Crewkerne
The majority of houses sold in Crewkerne over the last year were terraced properties, which sold for an average price of £167,450 Semi-detached properties averaged around £195,700 and detached were around £314,875.
On average, properties in Crewkerne cost less than those in nearby Merriott, Hinton St George and South Petherton. In the past year house prices in Crewkerne have increased by 18% compared to the year before and are up by 9% compared to the average house prices in that area in 2011.
If you’re thinking of renting in Crewkerne, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £725 per month and 1 bedroom flats start at around £425.
(Prices shown as of December 2018).