The pretty little UK market town with a name constantly mispronounced
It is one of the most expensive UK market towns to live in, with streets packed with history, but despite its relatively simple name many people struggle to pronounce it correctly.
Visitors to Southwell in Nottinghamshire are almost always corrected upon arrival when calling the town South-well, with its correct pronunciation actually being Suth-ul.
But once the pronunciation is mastered, visitors can look forward to a charming town filled with 16th-century pubs and historic architecture.
The town’s pretty surroundings have ensured it is a pricy place to live, with an average house price of more than £302,000 over the last year according to Rightmove.
The property search site currently has numerous Southwell homes listed for more than £1million, with its most expensive listing coming in at £1.5m for a five-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion.
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The town itself is steeped in history with the remains of a Roman villa excavated in 1959 and on display in the Grade-I listed Southwell Minster, where it was dug up in the churchyard.
The minster has a Romanesque design and is well-known for its Gothic chapter house which dates back to 1288, with carved capitals representing different species of plants.
Southwell is home to three coaching inns which were established between 1780 and 1850, the Saracen’s Head, the Crown and the Admiral Rooney, with all still pouring pints to this day and making the perfect place to stop off on a walk around the town.
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Throughout the years the town has had some famous visitors, with Lord Byron staying in Southwell’s Burgage Manor with his mother in 1803.
While, a partly ruined palace behind the minster was once home to the Archbishop of York and features Cardinal Wolsey’s former dining room.
As the site of an Anglican cathedral, the town is sometimes treated as a city, as it was in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, however its city status is not recognised by the Government.
The town centre itself is filled with delightful independent shops selling everything from fashion to art, while its cosy tea rooms provide the perfect place for a rest.
Its weekly markets allow shoppers to pick up produce at bargain prices from fresh fish to homemade cakes.
Those wishing to visit Southwell can book a stay in the historic Saracen’s Head for £121 per night in January next year.
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