Living in Long Eaton
What is life like in Long Eaton?
Long Eaton is a picturesque market town set in the Derbyshire countryside, within easy reach of both Derby and Nottingham.
It has a population of almost 50,000 and is popular for a variety of reasons - none more so than its excellent links to major transport links and its beautiful setting.
There are several buildings of interest in the town, including the Palladian Long Eaton Hall, which was once a private residence and is now owned by the borough council. Another is the charming Parish Church of St Laurence, which stands close to the Market Place.
Offering a quiet and relaxed way of life and easy access to the major cities and job opportunities of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, Long Eaton is understandably a popular place to live and searching for a property there is a must.
A reference to Long Eaton - then known as Aitone - is made in the Domesday Book, illustrating just how far the history of the town goes back. It is thought this alternative name may have meant either a ‘farm between streams’ or ‘low-lying land’.
The ‘Long’ prefix was added to the town’s name in the 13th century as a result of its length, with its buildings and farms extending along the Market Place, Main Street and High Street.
It was the arrival of the railway in 1839 that sparked a period of growth in Long Eaton, and the industries of lace making and railway wagon manufacturing were able to prosper in the town. Many new houses were built through the Victorian period and the town’s boundaries were extended.
Entertainment, sport and days out
A fascinating place to explore is Harrington Mill, which was built in 1885, requiring 1.25 million bricks to complete. It was constructed in the style of a traditional mill and spans four storeys. Today, one of its highlights is the presence of the original staircases, which are found in the turrets on either side of the building.
In fact, architecture throughout Long Eaton is well worth a look and residents should take some time to get to know their home town.
Sports enthusiasts are well served in Long Eaton, with Long Eaton United FC the most prominent local side. They play in the Midland Football League, of which they were founding members in 2014.
There is also a rugby club in the town, Long Eaton RFC, while Long Eaton Cricket Club plays in the South Notts Cricket League and has a long and decorated history.
With plenty of local clubs, teams and facilities, there is no reason for anyone to fail to get involved either in playing or watching their favourite sport.
For a fun-packed day out, it is worth heading to Sherwood Forest, home of the legendary Robin Hood, which is just a short distance away. Alternatively, many people choose to spent some time in the beautiful Peak District, the UK’s most visited national park.
The good news for foodies is that there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat in and around Long Eaton. Some of the most highly rated eateries include the Railway Station Restaurant, Mount Gurkha Village and Café No 5.
However, the options do not end there, as there are some wonderful venues serving almost every type of cuisine from around the world available in Long Eaton.
A similarly impressive selection of pubs is on offer in the town, with Eaton Farm, the Harrington Arms and the Trent Lock among those in operation.
Shoppers can visit the range of local independent stores located on the High Street and in neighbouring roads. There are also more of the country’s larger retailers available in either Derby or Nottingham.
Schools & healthcare
For a small town, there are plenty of options when it comes to picking a school in Long Eaton, making it a popular choice among parents and young families.
There are two state secondary schools operating in the area - The Long Eaton School and Wilsthorpe Community School. These are in addition to several primary schools, as well as the public school Trent College and the Elms School for youngsters aged between three and 11.
People in need of medical assistance should head to the Moir Medical Centre on Regent Street in the heart of the town. For more serious issues, it is worth heading to either Derby or Nottingham, where large hospitals with a wide range of services and treatments are available.
Long Eaton is situated on the A6005, making it easy for road users to access other parts of Derbyshire, including Derby itself. It is also close to Junction 25 of the M1, providing excellent links to all parts of the UK and making it an ideal spot for commuters to live.
Other transport users are also able to enjoy excellent infrastructure in and around Long Eaton, with the town’s train station part of the Midland Main Line. For a more unusual method of getting around, residents may wish to try out the Erewash Canal.