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Find out why Marlborough is the UK’s second best town for downsizing

Marlborough has been named by The Telegraph newspaper as the second best town in the country for downsizing.

The town was pipped to the post by Berwick-on-Tweed, but saw off competition from Bicester, Whitby, the Isle of Wight and West Malling in Kent. 

Writing about Marlborough, Max Davidson said: “In this ancient market town, prices are quite steep compared with less-fashionable parts of Wiltshire.

“They are about £100,000 above the national average, but still low enough to attract downsizers.”

And the feature, in Saturday’s Telegraph, quotes estate agent Edward Hall, who says: “Marlborough is a real haven for the cultured, with something for everyone.”

Mr Hall, of Smiths Gore, will be leading a seminar on downsizing at his 42 High Street premises tomorrow (Thursday) from 5pm to 7pm.

Research shows that one in five over 55s aim to downsize over the next five years.

Mr Hall said: “There are a variety of reasons, including health, money and lifestyle.

“Downsizing does not mean downgrading, and it can be a liberating experience for those who choose to do so.

“Nor does it necessarily mean looking at retirement housing, although that is one option.”

The seminar will look at examples of modern retirement options, and relocation services that make the move easier.

For more information call Smiths Gore on 01672 529056 or email Shona Ford at