Living in Newark
If you are looking for a new home in Nottinghamshire, close to rural amenities but with easy commuting access to London, then the market town of Newark-on-Trent, might be the place for you.
Usually known simply as ‘Newark’, Newark-on-Trent is located (as the name suggests) on the banks of the River Trent. It is also on the East Coast main railway line and close to the Great North Road (A1).
Although growing, Newark is a popular place for families and couples to make a home where they can enjoy that unique mix of urban and rural living that you only get in a small town. A number of new housing developments in and around the town offer a range of building styles, sizes and prices to suit most requirements and budgets.
House prices in Newark*
The average price for a residential property in Newark is around £217,000. This is a rise of almost four per cent on the previous six months.
A detached house in Newark will set you back an average of around £279,000 while a semi-detached house will cost in the region of £150,000. The average price of a terraced house is about £135,000 and flats in the town cost around £102,000 on average.
*Housing marketing statistics from Zoopla in April 2018
Things to do and see in Newark
Newark is a great place to live if you want to enjoy a large variety of activities.
With its rich history, you can enjoy the dramatic castle and two museums. Shopaholics are well-catered for. There are three main shopping centres, The Butter Market Shopping Centre, Northgate Retail Park and St Mark’s Place, which feature most major high street brands. There are also many independent retailers and plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes.
The bustling local market, held five days a week, is popular with locals and visitors alike. There are also a famers’ market and a livestock market.
The marketplace also hosts events throughout the year including a Civil War muster and re-enactment, a book festival, craft fairs and a food and drink festival. The town also has its own music festival, The Newark Festival, held each year on the Newark Showground, which is also home to one of Europe’s largest antiques events.
For families there is a wide range of things to see and do including the National Civil War Centre and the Newark Air Museum. The Palace Theatre and the Odeon Cinema have plenty of shows to keep everyone entertained while the more adventurous could take a hover flight around the River Trent. There are also many countryside parks, trails and adventures around the Newark area including Sherwood Forest, the Clipstone Park Trail, Go Ape and Sundown Adventureland.
There is a wide range of sporting opportunities with clubs for football, rugby, cricket, swimming, sailing and more. Newark boasts the Bowbridge Road Leisure Centre, which opened in 2016.
Transport links in Newark
Newark has two railway stations. Newark Northgate on the East Coast main line has regular services to London, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh and is served by Virgin East Coast. Newark Castle Station is on the Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln line providing regular cross-country services.
Newark is popular with commuters as journey times to London are typically around 90 minutes.
Excellent road links connect Newark to London and the North via the A1 while the A46 connects the town with Nottingham via the A52. The A17 links Newark with King’s Lynn and the East coast.
Newark is served by several bus companies, including Lincolnshire Stagecoach, which provide regular services to neighbouring towns and villages.
Education in Newark
Newark offers a good variety of education options with both state and independent nursery, primary and secondary schools.
Further and higher education options in and around Newark include Newark College, Dukeries Community College, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham.
Health care in Newark
The main acute health care provider for Newark is the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust and other health services are provided by GP surgeries and dental practices in the town.
A brief history of Newark
A town steeped in history, Newark boasts one of the finest Georgian market squares in the UK.
The town had an Iron Age settlement and because of its position on the Roman road of the Fosse Way, it may have been settled during the Roman period. It was certainly an important Saxon centre in the Kingdom of Mercia.
The Saxon manor house in Newark was later adapted by the Normans and became Newark Castle. Newark became an important centre for the wool trade during the medieval period.
In the English Civil War Newark was a Royalist stronghold and was besieged by Parliamentarian forces necessitating the Relief of Newark led by Prince Rupert in 1644.
In the 18th and 19 th centuries the area became industrialised bringing manufacturing to the town including clothing, bearings, pumps and agricultural machinery. The food industry is important in Newark with Bakkavor and British Sugar having premises in the town.
During World War II several RAF bases were established in the Newark area.
Current developments in and around Newark