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Living in Henley-in-Arden: The Local Area Guide

Tucked into the County of Warwickshire near Stratford upon Avon, Henley-in-Arden is known for its historic architecture and charming high street. There are over 150 buildings of Historic Interest in town, as well as an old Market Place and 15th century Market Cross. A market takes place here every Wednesday and Saturday, continuing an unbroken tradition since medieval times. The Guild Hall is another particularly notable building, with distinct timber-framed architecture that has been painstakingly restored.

The town’s name is derived from the Forest of Arden next door, and Henley-in-Arden enjoys a tranquil countryside setting. Along with its stone houses and Tudor architecture, the town offers an enviable blend of fashionable boutiques, cosy pubs, and world-class restaurants. Sports and recreation include two golf courses as well as a tennis club and sports club. Historic towns including Coventry, Royal Leamington Spa and Warwick are close at hand, and the metropolitan conveniences of Birmingham are just 18 miles away.

Demographics

The town’s residents are relatively affluent in comparison to the national average. A larger percentage of Henley-in-Arden residents are self-employed in comparison to the rest of the country. Nearly 1 in 4 of the high street postcodes were listed as self-employed at the time of the latest census, making this a particularly entrepreneurial area.

The town is part of the Stratford on Avon district. The age profile in this district skews older than both Warwickshire and national averages, in all groups over forty. There are also more men than women of working age. In the latest census, 92.5% of the district population identified as white British. The next largest ethnic groups include ‘other white,’ Indian, and Irish.

Education

Henley-in-Arden High School is a mixed secondary school which converted to academy status in 2011. The school’s academic results are often significantly above the national average. Most students follow the traditional GCSE route, and the school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and numerous sports teams. Ofsted has rated the school ‘good’ in all areas in the 2013 report. River House School is a unique resource in Henley-in-Arden. This special school is on hand for secondary aged students with social and behavioural difficulties.

Children from 4-11 years of age may attend Henley-in-Arden C of E Primary or St Mary’s Catholic Primary, the latter of which has been noted for its ‘outstanding’ student behaviour by Ofsted. There’s also Henley Montessori School, serving students age 2-11 in its nursery and primary school.

Transport

Henley-in-Arden Railway Station is managed by London Midland, and offers regular train services. The station is a stop on the Birmingham to Stratford Line. Bus operator Johnsons Coach and Bus Company is contracted by Warwickshire County Council. The X20 bus service runs along the High Street, with Birmingham at one end and Stratford upon Avon at the other.

The town is situated at the crossroads between the A4189 and A3400 roads. It’s just a few miles to the southwest of the major M40 motorway, which links it to Birmingham and London. The M42 is also moments away. Henley Cars provides local taxi services. Residents also enjoy close access to several airports, including Birmingham International, East Midlands, and Coventry Airports.

Amenities and shopping

Henley is famous for its mile-long High Street, which offers a wealth of shopping opportunities in historic half-timbered black-and-white buildings. A highlight that draws visitors from far and wide is the Henley ice cream parlour. It serves up old-fashioned flavours like mint chocolate chip and rum raisin in 16th century surroundings. Henley has a bit of a reputation as a foodie destination not only for its ice cream, but also for restaurants like the Bluebell which heavily feature local produce.

There’s an eclectic range of shops along the High Street, including a bridal boutique, stationery shops, and Henley Vintage and Interiors. For day-to-day purchases, there’s a Co-operative supermarket or a Morrison’s in nearby Redditch. The Kingfisher Shopping Centre is also located in Redditch, a 15-minute drive away. This modern mall features high street brand names along with a cinema, restaurants, and a gym.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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