THREE Wiltshire locations have been named among the best places to live in the UK in a national newspaper survey.
The Sunday Times has included Mere, Marlborough and Tisbury in their top 15 shortlist of top venues in the south west.
The line-up was calculated by looking at data for each area such as house prices, crime rates and community spirit.
Market town Marlborough town boasts the second widest high street in Britain and has a population of just under 20,000.
Marlborough Town Council are ‘delighted’ with the poll’s response, a spokesperson said: “It’s a privilege to live here. There’s so much on offer – a thriving High Street with an array of independent shops and good places to eat and drink.
“The beautiful River Kennet meandering through an area of outstanding natural beauty, a common that offers multi sports or areas just to walk or exercise the dog – above all a welcoming community.”
Other judging criteria included travel links, school performance and outdoor spaces.
David Andrews, chief executive of VisitWiltshire, said: “Wiltshire’s been a special place for a very long time, so we’re not surprised to see three places in our beautiful county making it into the top 15 places to live in the south west.
“Marlborough, Tisbury and Mere each have something unique to offer. Stylish independent shops, colourful markets, tempting pubs and restaurants, lively festivals and events, compelling histories, vibrant communities and all surrounded by the most stunning countryside.”
Home Editor of The Sunday Times, Helen Davies, said: “The second part of the Best Places to Live guide continues our tour of Britain as we highlight the wonderful array of places to live across the country.
“Each place truly deserves its inclusion on the list, as we carefully consider each one, combining key statistics with our writers’ informed knowledge to produce a truly authoritative guide.”