Wiltshire town 'most desirable place to live in England' - Royal Mail

The most desirable place to live in England is Tidworth, according to a new study published by Royal Mail

The most desirable place to live in England is Tidworth, according to a new study published by Royal Mail

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The most desirable place to live in England is Tidworth, according to a new study.

Royal Mail has published a table of the most "desirable" postcode areas based on crime, jobs and health.

The study was commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary of the allocation of postcodes to every address in Britain, which the Royal Mail said "revolutionised" the way post was sorted and delivered.

The SP9 postcode of Tidworth in Wiltshire topped the list in England, followed by the Hampshire village of Yateley (GU46) and St Bees in Cumbria (CA27).

Tidworth is home to the 1st Mechanised Brigade's headquarters as well as its affiliated Armoured, Signals and Logistic Corps units and the military population is expected to grow in the coming years.

South Glasgow (G44) was top in Scotland, followed by Erskine (PA8) and Largs (KA30), while Brynteg on Anglesey (LL78) was said to have the most desirable postcode in Wales, followed by Llantwit Major (CF61) and Llanidloes (SY18).

Steve Rooney, head of Royal Mail's address management unit, said: "The invention of the postcode revolutionised the way post is sorted and delivered. As it has evolved, the postcodes have also revolutionised the way companies do business.

"The postcode is now used by businesses and individuals in their everyday activities, whether that is verifying a person's address when making a transaction or planning a route on a sat-nav system."

There are around 1.8 million postcodes across the UK, covering 29 million addresses.

The study by the Centre for Economic and Business Research calculated the most desirable postcodes based on factors including employment opportunities, health, education, crime rates and housing affordability.

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12:43pm Mon 25 Aug 14

loosewoman says...

They just have to be kidding.

Have they actually been to Tidworth?
They just have to be kidding. Have they actually been to Tidworth? loosewoman
  • Score: 18

5:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Viva Trowvegas says...

loosewoman wrote:
They just have to be kidding.

Have they actually been to Tidworth?
Clearly not.

I rather suspect the chattering classes of once (sic) desirable areas like Gerrards Cross, Sunningdale, Eton, Henley, Weybridge or Virginia Water will be worrying Tidworth estate agencies any time soon.
[quote][p][bold]loosewoman[/bold] wrote: They just have to be kidding. Have they actually been to Tidworth?[/p][/quote]Clearly not. I rather suspect the chattering classes of once (sic) desirable areas like Gerrards Cross, Sunningdale, Eton, Henley, Weybridge or Virginia Water will be worrying Tidworth estate agencies any time soon. Viva Trowvegas
  • Score: 16

5:16pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Hardens says...

That must be down to the superb work raising the standard of living for us all by Wilts. Council.
It's about time they had a pay rise.
That must be down to the superb work raising the standard of living for us all by Wilts. Council. It's about time they had a pay rise. Hardens
  • Score: 9

7:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

mickey_murphy says...

Ok, for a pub brawl....!
Ok, for a pub brawl....! mickey_murphy
  • Score: 7

9:07pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Myrtle madness says...

If Royal Mail have time to carry out ridiculous surveys of this nature then maybe they have time to sort out the debacle they call 'delivery revision' at all our local offices.
If Royal Mail have time to carry out ridiculous surveys of this nature then maybe they have time to sort out the debacle they call 'delivery revision' at all our local offices. Myrtle madness
  • Score: 11

10:19am Tue 26 Aug 14

Grumpyoldgit99 says...

Tidworth is perhaps the most unattractive town in Wiltshire. It is a garrison town with rows and rows of identical flats and houses. Much of the town is behind barbed wire and can only be accessed through strict security. The shops are just rows of chip shops and other takeaways as the mainly squady population get their food from the NAAFI. Employment opportunities are minimal as the military are pretty self sufficient.
Tidworth is perhaps the most unattractive town in Wiltshire. It is a garrison town with rows and rows of identical flats and houses. Much of the town is behind barbed wire and can only be accessed through strict security. The shops are just rows of chip shops and other takeaways as the mainly squady population get their food from the NAAFI. Employment opportunities are minimal as the military are pretty self sufficient. Grumpyoldgit99
  • Score: 10

10:30am Tue 26 Aug 14

shed says...

" rather suspect the chattering classes of once (sic) desirable areas like Gerrards Cross, Sunningdale, Eton, Henley, Weybridge or Virginia Water will be worrying Tidworth estate agencies any time soon."

Desirable? How can it be desirable for the chattering classes, there is no Waitrose, just Lidl and Tesco.

I always thought Tidworth was where WCC likes to dump its unwanted non council tax payers, it was once in Hampshire after all.
" rather suspect the chattering classes of once (sic) desirable areas like Gerrards Cross, Sunningdale, Eton, Henley, Weybridge or Virginia Water will be worrying Tidworth estate agencies any time soon." Desirable? How can it be desirable for the chattering classes, there is no Waitrose, just Lidl and Tesco. I always thought Tidworth was where WCC likes to dump its unwanted non council tax payers, it was once in Hampshire after all. shed
  • Score: 1

10:58am Tue 26 Aug 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

A kick in the teeth for all the rich types who have obviously been hoodwinked into splashing out a fortune to buy property in Sandbanks.
A kick in the teeth for all the rich types who have obviously been hoodwinked into splashing out a fortune to buy property in Sandbanks. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 4

4:24pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Shiftyb says...

Quickly .....get my inhaler, Tidworth a sort after location......... can't stop laughing that is hilarious. Nothing against you Tidworth, and don't take it personally but I will be brave enough to say.... you are an ugly sister of an ugly town called Andover! Marlborough or Tidworth mmmmmm you decide.
Quickly .....get my inhaler, Tidworth a sort after location......... can't stop laughing that is hilarious. Nothing against you Tidworth, and don't take it personally but I will be brave enough to say.... you are an ugly sister of an ugly town called Andover! Marlborough or Tidworth mmmmmm you decide. Shiftyb
  • Score: 2

5:02pm Tue 26 Aug 14

whatisgoingon says...

I will have to go to spec savers, as every time we go through Tidworth I say god who would live here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I will have to go to spec savers, as every time we go through Tidworth I say god who would live here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! whatisgoingon
  • Score: 2

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