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The 10 Oldest Towns in the UK by Population

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Packing up your bags and moving away for retirement? We’ve got just the thing. Here’s a definitive list of the UK’s oldest towns by population. All data here comes from the Office for National Statistics.

Oh, We Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside

There’s a noticeable trend in the UK’s population age. The elderly seem to be drawn to the seaside. Is it the salty sea air’s life-giving qualities or simply the desire to retire somewhere peaceful? We’re unsure just yet, though the latter is possibly more accurate. Whatever the cause may be, here are the ten UK towns with the oldest populations. The data looked at LSOA (lower layer super output area) geographical areas so there are some repetitions in our list.

10. Wealden 018A – 67.2 Average Age

This rural East Sussex district is a picturesque 323 square miles characterised by fields, ancient woodland and welcoming villages. Hugging the South Coast, this area offers a pastoral feel set to the backdrop of rolling British countryside.

9. South Lakeland 013D – 67.9 Average Age

It’s no surprise South Lakeland features on this list. Firmly rooted in the Lake District, the area is renowned for its natural beauty and unique culture. Quaint villages and an active community are big draws of this Cumbrian region.

8. East Dorset 011A – 68 Average Age

There’s been a boom in East Dorset’s popularity in recent years. Rapid expansions in housing has seen the population quadruple since the 1970s. This is due to its desirable location, sitting close to the New Forest, Bournemouth and the Dorset coast. Despite this, much of the area still retains its rural identity.

7. Christchurch 003B – 68.3 Average Age

Christchurch stole news headlines back in 2014 with the UK’s oldest average population, today it’s dropped a few places down to 7. The town still can’t quite shake its reputation for being ‘the town that’s glad to be grey’. Covering 19.5 square miles, the coastal Dorset town is one of the UK’s most popular retirement destinations.

6. Poole 018B – 68.8 Average Age

Another Dorset town gleefully takes its place in our top 10 list. The large coastal town and seaport is very much a tourist destination with the natural harbour, arts centre and Blue Flag beaches being key attractions. The RNLI headquarters, Royal Marines base and University lend the town a vibrant culture.

5. Christchurch 003A – 68.9 Average Age

 

4. East Devon 020B – 69.1 Average Age

Renowned for its beaches East Devon is an area for relaxation and comfort. The coastline has recently been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its high number of prehistoric remains. Sloping valleys, idyllic villages and diverse wildlife are all key attractions of the region.

3. East Devon 012B – 69.1 Average Age

 

2. King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 017D – 69.7 Average Age

Stooped in history with a vibrant culture, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk offers a natural and untouched allure. Whether you find yourself in the town itself or one of its many surrounding parishes, you’ll notice the relaxed pace of its residents.

1. Eastbourne 012B – 71.5 Average Age

Move to Eastbourne for a simple, fuss-free lifestyle. With the UK’s highest average population age of 71.5 years, this is a place to kick back and watch the world go by. Why not stroll towards the croquet club for some afternoon entertainment before soaking up the sun at the famous pier. Situated on the South Coast, Eastbourne is surrounded by Wealden which comes in tenth on our list, proving that it really is a haven for the older generations.

So there it is, the country’s ten oldest towns. If you’re looking to move, find out more about your local area with a Property Detective report. Simply enter your post code and we’ll tell you all about the local schools, amenities, travel information, neighbourhood demographics, crime rates, noise pollution and much, much more.

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The top tweeters worth knowing in Sussex

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In the second instalment of our ‘Who’s Who?’ series, we’re turning our attention to Sussex and the South Coast to identify a selection of twitter users who are well worth following if you want to get an insight into the communities, people and places that matter.

Listed below – in no particular order – is our hand-curated list of top tweeters, based on activity, interest and local relevance:

The Park Tavern – Chichester

Nestled down on the South Coast, the Park Tavern regularly tweets about all things gastronomic and alcoholic, with lots a humour and witty observations on the world outside the pub.

Chichester Golf Club

Famously described as ‘a good walk ruined’, CGC is one of the more popular golf clubs towards the south coast, with a wide range of facilities for better players and higher handicappers alike. Their twitter feed is a mix of Tweeter Alliss and instructional videos. Worth a follow.

Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is the only 5-star seaside hotel in England, occupying a magnificent building built in 1875. The Grand has a strong association with music – Debussey corrected Le Mer there – giving rise to the Debussey Suite as part of its accommodation.

The Landing

The Landing is a boutique coffee shop and deli in West Wittering, serving up fantastic food in a friendly atmosphere, providing a focal point for the local community.

Selsey Internet Radio

The perfect example of what happens when a cohesive community really comes together: SIR is a local radio station producing podcasts and other content for Selsey residents, covering topics such as gardening, weather, cookery and what’s on.

Toovey’s Auctioneers

Going, going, gone! Toovey’s are based in Washington (a delightful place, where I once got kicked by a Shetland Pony whilst camping) and provide fine art auctioneering and valuation services both locally and internationally too.

Bowman’s Premium

An independent family-run business providing dog-owners with a wide range of nutritious, healthy food to keep man’s best friend in good health. Expect lots of great dog photos, plus advice and tips on looking after your canine companion.

RDH Coaches

I’ve always wanted to be a coach driver…but in lieu of that lofty ambition, the next best thing is to follow RDH coaches, who provide coach and shuttle services across Sussex. From school trips to excursions further afield, their twitter stream is a brilliant reflection of the different customers that use their services locally.

Boat House Cafe

The Boat House Cafe is located at Chichester Marina and tweets pictures of amazing views across the harbour…interspersed with good food and tantalising menus.

Fox and Hounds

The Fox and Hounds is a popular inn based in the marvellous-sounding village of Funtingdon, serving food from breakfast to dinner…plus it’s also a village shop! A fantastic twitter account shares events and attractions locally.

Restaurant Tristan

Restaurant Tristan is Horsham’s proud holder of a coveted Michelin star, showing that amazing food and fine dining isn’t just confined to the capital. If you want to take in breakfast in their ‘cafe’ you can, or sit beneath exposed beams as you dine on amazing local produce.

Ockenden Manor

Another Michelin-star…this time near Uckfield in East Sussex. Ockenden Manor provides the perfect space for a relaxing break away, with great food, a fantastic spa and gorgeous views within the countryside.

The Sussex Traveller

Sussex-based tweet SWT offers a perspective on the events and activities taking place across Sussex, particularly on the coast, encompassing some of the more adventurous things to do like paragliding and more.

Sussex Business Times

The SBT provides insight, advice and support to small and regional businesses across Sussex, connecting entrepreneurs via social media. A must-follow if you’re moving to Sussex and want to connect with other companies and businesses locally.

Visit Sussex

The definitive guide to what’s on and where; covering a wide range of activities and commentary on anything and everything happening across the county.

Taste West Sussex

Promoting local gastronomy and food, from producers to farmer to markets and more.

Sussex Local

Delivered to over 23,000 homes across the county, Sussex Local is a useful guide to events taking place; their twitter account is a fantastic showcase of the huge diversity that Sussex offers, from the great outdoors to nightlife and more.

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