The 17th century arrived and so did the coaching age. Uttoxeter found itself strategically located on a major new route of the day between Derby and Newcastle in northwest Staffordshire. The town became a minor coaching centre and convenient staging post for coaches from Manchester enroute to Birmingham and London. As a result several coaching inns...more
Uttoxeter Racecourse opened in 1908 on the Old Town Meadows next to the railway station and a half-mile from the town centre. Land at the track by helicopter, prior arrangement only, or fly into the nearby Tatenhill aerodrome in your light aircraft. A day out at the races can be great fun especially if you don't lose any money and even more so if...more
The timber-framed building is situated downtown on Carter Street and dates back to the early 17th century. It was restored by the Uttoxeter Town Council and transformed into a Heritage Centre and Tourist Office.Inside the wood beamed ceiling and stone floor rooms the centre features changing displays to reflect aspects of the town's history and is...more
Dr. Samuel Johnson was perhaps the greatest writer of the 18th c and best known for compiling the first English Dictionary. Born in Lichfield on Sept 18th 1709 in a house, which is now the Johnson Museum in the Market Square at Lichfield. His father Michael Johnson (1656-1731) was a bookseller and magistrate of Lichfield.As a child Samuels's...more
Uttoxeter can trace its history back to before Saxon times. Its long history apart from the uneasy times during the Civil War has been that of a busy market town. Unfortunately the severe fires in the 16th and 17th centuries removed some considerable evidence of those early times.The market place was the financial strength of the town. It was...more
The prominent landmark, it can be seen for miles, in Uttoxeter is the Church spire. Designed by Roger de Yevele, a Derbyshire born mason, whose son Henry built the eastern end of Westminster Abbey. Dating back to around 1327 this is the oldest structure still in existence in Uttoxeter.On leaving St. Mary's churchyard you face the War Memorial in...more
St Mary the Virgin Parish Church dominates the market place but is difficult to photograph because of its tall spire and the narrow streets that surround it. A great deal of the church was re-built between 1826 and 1828 replacing an earlier medieval structure dating back to the 1251. After construction started remains were reported predetermining...more
As you leave the Market Place and turn into Market Street, notice the building on the left. This was where Henry Bamford (JCB) established his first ironmongers shop in 1845. Today it's a furniture store and JCB world headquarters are located about four miles out of town. On the right, check out the front of Sargeants butchers shop and its timber...more
Derby Road, (A518/A50), Uttoxeter, ST14 5AA, United Kingdom
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6 8 Carter Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8EU, United Kingdom
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Church Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8AG, United Kingdom
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Church Street was a fashionable part of the town during the 19th century. Sadly all that remains of this period is Eastfield House on the left, until recently a doctor's surgery, a couple of shops, a hairdresser's, the Old Vicarage and further along opposite St. Mary's Church is the Bank House Hotel. This was once a bank, the first in Uttoxeter,...more
Opposite St. Mary's church in the pre-Reformation old Chantry buildings. Uttoxeter has recently been catapulted into the 21st century with the arrival of the first and only Internet Cafe.The split-level interior is modern design with wood pine floors. Computers are on the ground level and first floor. You can relax between surfing on the very...more
The Old Star Inn popular with locals and travellers in the 17th century is still well liked today. Situated on the narrow cobbled Queen Street, just behind the Market Place, the inn is open for business during normal licensing hours.Inside the lounge is olde worlde style decor and the bar serves standard "pub grub", snacks and light meals at prices...more
Fish and chips are now as synonymous with our country as Shakespeare, cricket and the Tower of London. Good fish and chips from a well-run establishment take a lot of beating. The British have turned a simple, nourishing dish into a national institution. It's official, the way to a woman's heart is through her stomach. A MORI survey showed that 9...more
I'll be the first to admit that the outward appearance of the Bel Paese Italian restaurant doesn't immediately conjure up images of singing senoras and dancing senoritas but its one of the best restaurants in town. The wait staff are friendly and the food is excellent. They serve a variety of antipasti and pasta dishes in tomato and cream sauces....more
Colonel Mustard's in the market square is a new addition to the town's eating establishments having opened just last year in 2003. Popular with the town's work force and shoppers alike as an economical fast lunch It's an inexpensive snack attack take away, cook to order, eat-in or out, when the weather's nice, cafe. They do all day breakfasts,...more
The Waterloo House Restaurant and Coffee Shop is very good value for money serving excellent home cooked meals. The morning daily newspapers are available free of charge for anyone who wants to catch up on the news.Soup, roast dinners beef, pork or lamb with two vegetables, dessert and tea, coffee or soda for less than $10.00. They also offer an...more
Bird's Confectioners is not the only bakery in town but it is the only one with a cafe inside where you can stuff yourself on their delicious pies and pastries.Served by friendly and attractive staff you can call in and pick up fresh bread, sandwiches, pork pies, Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, pork sausages cakes, pastries and cold drinks. If you...more
The church gardens are peaceful and well cared for. It's really pleasant to just sit outside on a warm summers day and catch some sun. Every Wednesday, which of course is market day, the church cafe is open from 10am until 1pm for morning coffee and light lunches. Stuff like soup, sandwiches, toasties, desserts etc. You can get a satisfying snack...more
This early 17th century timber framed cottage wedged between the Heritage Centre and the White Hart Hotel on Carter Street is the only outlet in Uttoxeter focusing exclusively on fresh coffee beans and teas of the world.Noel and Sue Prince, opened the “Leaf and Bean” in March 2005 bringing an opportunity into a community, previously sentenced to...more
Over the past few years there has been a great increase in the public interest of antiques. As a result high street antique shopping has become a popular activity. Up and down the country there are antique and curiosity shops in just about every town and Uttoxeter is no exception.Staffordshire is a county steeped in history and there are a number...more
The Malting's Shopping Arcade took its name from the large Maltings Brewery, which stood in this area of the town until the 1960s. Adjacent to the High Street it's the town's main shopping area built in a car free zone.The Maltings is home to some twenty-five stores including supermarkets, greengrocers, a bakery, clothing and shoe stores. For the...more
JCB World Headquarters are situated four miles north of Uttoxeter just outside Rocester. With a workforce of approximately 1300, JCB is the largest employer in the area.Joe Bamford started business in his garage on 23rd October 1945, the day his first son Anthony was born. He had a wife, a child and was flat broke! His first product was a farm...more
Directly in front of Sudbury Hall is the bus stop back to Uttoxeter and across the road you will see the Vernon Arms that has been there for centuries. I presume the Vernon’s wined and dined in there. There are some that say the pub is haunted, but that’s usually after a few beers.Today you can get a good meal or just snacks and drinks at standard...more
The population of Sudbury is little under 500, a similar figure to that of 100 years ago. It's situated in the lower valley of the River Dove, within 10 miles of the gateway to the Peak District and about 4 miles from Uttoxeter.The predominant building is Sudbury Hall the gardens of which lead down to the river that has a small community of ducks...more
I decided to include this rather ordinary everyday boring looking building because I thought it might come in useful to somebody. It's my dentist!
Well, you never know just when you're going to need one and if you get caught with an unbearable toothache this guy could be your best friend.
The surgery is modern and the staff are friendly, especially when its time to pay. The dentists practising here are not butchers. But they do charge an arm and a leg, in other words it's not a cheap deal.
A consultation to tell you what's wrong, as if you didn't already know, costs GBP38. The price of fixing the problem depends on how bad it is.
To ease your pain they do accept credit cards and the dentist will insist on knowing all about your travel experiences while your mouth is full of instruments and the drill is howling.
Have fun :-)!
Fondest memory: LEAVING!
Bradley Street, downtown, directly opposite the bus station