Why Move to the Eatons?
Located on the west banks of the River Ouse, the Eaton’s residential communities have a fantastic family feel, with well-regarded primary and secondary schools within their catchments. With a healthy selection of pubs and shops, and St Neots town centre only a few minutes away, the Eaton’s remain very popular with those moving to the wider St Neots locality.
A Quick History Lesson
Once riverside villages in their own right, Eaton Socon and Eaton Ford were known in Anglo Saxon times as ‘Sudbury’, and was also named in the Domesday Book when the village of Eaton belonged to Eudo Dapfier.
Formerly listed as a village in Bedfordshire, the Eaton’s came under Cambridgeshire in 1965, and subsequently saw their populations grow steadily with the development of a series of estates – but not quite as fast as areas in St Neots which were part of the London Overspill Programme.
Today the Eaton’s are well established communities in their own right, settled in between the long corridor between the River Ouse and the A1.
Out and About
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to sampling a local tipple, with large number of traditional pubs dotted across the Eatons – many of them also offering a tasty food menu too.
With the river close by there are usual boaty-offerings that this brings, as well as a great summer festival programme including dragonboats, rowing regatta’s etc.
There is a strong arts offering available too – including St Neots Players, St Neots Choral Society and Sinfonia.
For sport, Eaton Socon and Ford have popular amateur football, cricket and bowls teams, as well as access to a fantastic skate-park on the Riverside Park.
Bordered by the A1, the offering for those with cars is superb. Both London and Birmingham are just an hour drive away; whilst Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Peterborough are under a 30 minute drive.
The nearest train station is St Neots, about 1 mile away. This is on the London-Edinburgh East Coast Mainline. For commuters to London, this provides 4 trains an hour, which take 40 minutes during morning and evening rush hour (53mins at other times).
There are plenty of local and regional bus services in operation, the most popular being the X5, which operates a route between Cambridge and Oxford.
The nearest airports are London Luton and London Stansted, both a 40 minute drive. Birmingham and East Midlands airports can also be reached in just over an hour.
Eaton Ford- Characterised by larger, detatched homes, this market remains buoyant, and popular with families to relocate or upsize.
From the 1960s until the 1980s there were four main housing developments: the Milton Avenue and Gainsborough Avenue area (the 'Poets' Estate); the Meadowsweet, Silverweed and Burwell Road developments (Bovis Estate); the area around Brook Road and Orchard Road; and the Trafalgar Road / Jutland Rise area (Battles Estate). These remain popular today, and have now interspersed with smaller infill and brownfield sites in between.
Eaton Socon – A greater mix here, with a higher number of period properties. Indeed the centre is characterised by small thatched cottages around the gorgeous Green and along the Great North Road.
To the south is a newer industrial area backing onto the A1, with a number of nation-wide retailers in operation.
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