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Best places to live in UK revealed - see if your home town makes the list

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a group of people walking down a street in front of a building: The Poultry Cross is a market cross in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, marking the site of former markets. Constructed in the 14th century and modified in the 18th century it stands at the junction of Silver Street and Minster Street © Getty Images The Poultry Cross is a market cross in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, marking the site of former markets. Constructed in the 14th century and modified in the 18th century it stands at the junction of Silver Street and Minster Street

These are the best places to live in the UK, according to a new league table.

Salisbury, where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in a nerve agent attack, was named the best place to live in The Sunday Times 2019 list.

One of the judges said the Wiltshire city had shown a "real collective spirit" in the wake of the poisonings that brought it to global attention a little over a year ago.

Ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia survived the Novichok poisoning, which has been blamed on the Russian GRU intelligence agency, although the country has denied involvement.

The incident later claimed the life of Dawn Sturgess, who died after coming into contact with a perfume bottle believed to have been used in the attack on the Skripals and then discarded.

The winners in full

Overall winner: Salisbury, South West

Greater London: Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets

a large body of water with a city in the background: The Isle of Dogs is home to the Canary Wharf financial district © Getty Images The Isle of Dogs is home to the Canary Wharf financial district

Midlands: Edale, Derbyshire

The Edale parish has a population of less than 400 © Getty Images The Edale parish has a population of less than 400

North and North East: York, North Yorkshire

a body of water with a city in the background: The beautiful River Ouse in York © Getty Images The beautiful River Ouse in York

North West: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

a small town street: Kirkby Lonsdale is surrounded by rolling green hills © Getty Images/VisitBritain RM Kirkby Lonsdale is surrounded by rolling green hills

Northern Ireland: Holywood, Co Down

a colorful flower in front of a building: Holywood is well connected, sitting just outside Belfast © Getty Images/National Geographic Holywood is well connected, sitting just outside Belfast

Scotland: Dundee

a large ship in the water: The RSS Discovery ship in Dundee © Getty Images The RSS Discovery ship in Dundee

South East: Petworth, West Sussex

a narrow street in front of a brick building: Petworth is a mediaeval market town © Getty Images/VisitBritain RM Petworth is a mediaeval market town

South West: Topsham, Devon

a small boat in a body of water: Topsham sits on the English Channel and has a long maritime history © Getty Images/Robert Harding Worl Topsham sits on the English Channel and has a long maritime history

The East: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

a narrow city street with a clock on the side of a building: The Suffolk town traces its history back nearly 1,000 years © Getty Images/Universal Images Gr The Suffolk town traces its history back nearly 1,000 years

Wales: Crickhowell, Powys

a close up of a street in front of a building: Crickhowell sits in the stunning Brecon Beacons © Getty Images/Axiom RM Crickhowell sits in the stunning Brecon Beacons

Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor, said: "Salisbury has shown real collective spirit in dealing with a chemical attack that saw the cathedral city become the centre of world headlines for all the wrong reasons.

"There are still parts of the city where the clean-up continues, but to bounce back and be even stronger is a sure sign of a very special community, which is one of the reasons we have chosen Salisbury as the best place to live in Britain in 2019.

"It remains a divinely attractive and welcoming place. It's handy for coast, countryside and London, has some of the best schools in the southwest, a great market and it's very strong culturally, too."

The Isle of Dogs in the borough of Tower Hamlets was named the best place to live in Greater London, Dundee the top place to live in Scotland, Crickhowell in Powys was judged the cream of the crop in Wales, while Holywood in County Down came out in front for Northern Ireland.

The judging panel used their own expert knowledge alongside statistics, including house prices, provided by Habito and TwentyCi.

Previous winners of the top title in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live include York last year, Bristol in 2017 and Hampshire in 2016.

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