Uttoxeter (/juːˈtɒksɪtər/ ( listen) yoo-TOK-sə-tər,
sometimes locally /ˈʌtʃɪtər/ UTCH-ə-tər) is a market town in
Staffordshire, England, close to the border with Derbyshire, one mile
(1.61 km) west of the River Dove. The population was 13,089 at the
2.1 Recent Development
3 Location grid
5 Transport and infrastructure
5.1 Public services
6 Places of interest
8.1 Television appearances
9.1 St. Mary the Virgin Church
9.2 St. Mary's Catholic Church
9.3 Other Christian Churches
Quaker Meeting House
12 Notable people
13 See also
15 External links
Town Centre, Uttoxeter
Uttoxeter's name has had at least 79 spellings since it was mentioned
Domesday Book as "Wotocheshede": it probably came from
Anglo-Saxon Wuttuceshǣddre = "Wuttuc's homestead on the heath". Some
historians point to pre-Roman settlement here and
Bronze Age axes have
been discovered in the town (now in display in the Potteries Museum in
Stoke-on-Trent). It is possible that
Uttoxeter had some form of Roman
activity due to its strategic position on the River Dove and closeness
to the large garrison forts at
Rocester between 69 and 400 AD, and the
recently discovered fort at Stramshall, though little corroborating
archaeology has been found.
Uttoxeter saw the last major royalist surrender of the English Civil
War, on 25 August 1648, when James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton
surrendered to Parliamentarian General John Lambert.
Perhaps the most famous event to have occurred in
Uttoxeter is the
penance of Samuel Johnson. Johnson's father ran a bookstall on
Uttoxeter market, and young Samuel once refused to help out on the
stall. When Johnson was older, he stood in the rain (without a hat) as
a penance for his failure to assist his father. This event is
commemorated with the Johnson Memorial, which stands in the Market
Place, in the town centre and there is also an area of town called
Johnson Road, which commemorates him.
Mary Howitt, the
Quaker writer of the poem "The Spider and the Fly",
Uttoxeter for a long period of her life. The town influenced
some of her poems and novels, as well as fuelling her love of natural
history, which also featured in her books. Howitt Crescent, a
residential road in the town, was named after her. The house where she
lived, Howitt Place, is still standing in Balance Street.
Thomas Fradgley, Uttoxeter's own architect designed the Town Hall
(1854); the Johnson Memorial (1854); St. Michael's Church, Stramshall;
St.Lawrence Church, Bramshall (1835), St. Mary's Church, Uttoxeter;
Marchington Church. He was involved with Pugin and other architects in
designs for the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury at
Alton Towers including the
figures of the Talbot Hounds at the entrance tower, 1830; the Angel
Corbels in the Lady chapel, 1833;
Alton Towers Chapel with Joseph
Potter and completed in 1833; Swiss Cottage or Harper's Cottage,
Farley. He was the architect in the improvement of several local
Uttoxeter National School, Hanbury Free School,
enlarged in 1848; Oakamoor N.S., Cauldon Low N.S., Alton N.S., and
Draycott in Hanbury School. He married Clara Warner from Bramshall.
Their only child Thomas died aged six. Thomas Fradgley died in 1883
Bunting’s brewery occupied a large area of the centre of the town
since the Victorian era. It stopped producing beer in the 1930s after
being bought by Parkers Brewery in Burslem, later part of Ind Coope.
The last remains of the brewery were demolished in the 1960s to make
way for the Maltings shopping precinct and car park. The brewery clock
was re-furbished and installed on the town hall in the 2000s.
Joseph Cyril Bamford
Joseph Cyril Bamford founded J C Bamford Excavators Limited
in Uttoxeter, now known as JCB. The firm, based in the nearby village
of Rocester, is the world's third-largest construction equipment
manufacturer. The firm's first vehicle was a tipping trailer made
from war-surplus materials, which
J. C. Bamford
J. C. Bamford built in a rented
lock-up garage in Uttoxeter. The Bamford family had previously started
Bamfords, later Bamford International Farm Machinery which was a large
employer in the town from the end of the 19th century through to the
early 1980s when it gradually went into decline before closing in
1989. The land and former building was acquired by JCB to form its
Special Products' division which has now closed and the buildings
demolished. The land has yet to be developed.
Uttoxeter celebrated its 700-year anniversary of the awarding of a
Market charter (1308) in 2008, which underpins the market provision on
Saturdays and Wednesdays in particular, and other festival markets.
The 1308 charter followed a more general Royal Charter granted to the
town's burgesses in 1252. The originals reside at the National
Kew and the Deferrers Museum in Leicester.
One of the main employers in
Uttoxeter is the global construction,
demolition and agricultural equipment company JCB. The firm is
headquartered in Rocester, with other factories in Uttoxeter, Cheadle,
Rugeley, Foston, Wrexham and abroad in the USA and India. Fox's
Biscuits (previously Elkes and Adams) has a factory in Uttoxeter.
Elkes were the creators of the famous malted milk biscuit. Glennans
Crisps a crisp company specialising in vegetable crisps are based in
the town. They were bought by Tyrrells Crisps in 2012.
The town's proximity to the
Alton Towers Theme Park and Resort, St.
George's Park National Football Centre and the
Peak District National
Park means tourism is an important part of the local economy.
Uttoxeter Racecourse, home to the Midlands Grand National, also brings
a lot of visitors to the town, as do the town centre's shops and
Agriculture is still important to the local economy. The town is set
in rich dairy farming country.
Uttoxeter previously housed a large
dairy and was historically a major trader in butter and cheese. The
Dairy Farmers of Britain had a large dairy in the
nearby village of Fole, but this closed in 2008. The next year the
firm went into administration. A new cattle market was due to be
built in the town, after the old one was demolished in 2004; however,
no progress was made and it is now unlikely after ten years that the
town will regain this lost feature.
Uttoxeter Market Square
Uttoxeter town centre went through a development scheme in 2006–7,
with the Market Place, Market Street, Queens Street, Carter Street,
and High Street having undergone a major transformation receiving new
stone paving and street furniture.
Uttoxeter opened 2016
The phased development of the Dovefields Retail Park opened in 1998
Tesco supermarket on the edge of the town, with the further
expansion of the Retail Park in 2002 with the creation of seven large
retail outlets. In 2005 a new entertainment development comprising a
bowling alley, ice rink, cinema, children's crèche and a fitness
centre as well as business units was built.
The old Cattle Market, closed in November 2005, with the site being
demolished to make way for a retail and housing development named
Carter Square, opening in 2014. The new development features an Asda
supermarket, Costa Coffee, and Home Bargains as well as other smaller
retail units and a doctors.
The replacement cattle market, was to be situated on the outskirts of
the town, and was granted planning permission; however, after several
years no development has taken place, and a municipal recycling depot
has now opened on part of the site.
The old JCB site in the centre of
Uttoxeter was demolished in 2009
after the firm moved operations to one of its sites on the edge of
town. The site is currently undergoing redevelopment with the new
Waitrose Store having opened in 2016. In addition plans have been
approved to build hundreds of homes, a park, and business units.
Places adjacent to Uttoxeter
Burton upon Trent
According to the 2011 census the population for
Uttoxeter Civil Parish
was 13,089. White British makes up by far the largest ethnicity at
96% of the population with just 493 people from an ethnic
Transport and infrastructure
Uttoxeter is on the main A50 trunk road. The town also has a railway
Uttoxeter railway station, which was opened by the North
Staffordshire Railway on 2 October 1881, but there were earlier
stations opened by the North
The bus stop next to the station runs an hourly service to Cheadle,
Stoke-on-Trent and Alton Towers. Buses to
Stafford run every 2 hours;
Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent run every hour.
At one time it was also the terminus of a branch of the Caldon Canal
Uttoxeter Canal), but most signs of this, apart from an area
Uttoxeter called "The Wharf", have now disappeared—largely
because much of the bed of the canal was used in the 19th century as
the route of the North
Staffordshire Railway main line from Uttoxeter
Macclesfield (which has now also disappeared).
The nearest airport from the town is East Midlands, which is around 29
Uttoxeter is provided by
Staffordshire Police, from the
police station on Balance Street. HM Prison Dovegate, in the nearby
village of Marchington, is a
Category B men's private prison operated
by the Serco. HM Prison Sudbury is located just over 6 miles away and
Derbyshire boundary, and is operated by HM Prison Service. It
Category D men's open prison.
Statutory emergency fire and rescue service is provided by the
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Uttoxeter Fire Station is on
Cheadle Road to the north of the town.
There is no hospital in Uttoxeter, but the surrounding Queen's
Hospital in Burton, County
Hospital in Stafford, the University
Hospital of North
Stoke-on-Trent and Royal Derby
Hospital all serve the town. There is no ambulance station but a team
of Rapid Response Paramedics are based in the town and supported by
volunteer Community first responders.
Utility firm South
Staffordshire Water manages Uttoxeter's drinking
and waste water.
Places of interest
The Museum of
Uttoxeter Life, Carter Street
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Balance Street was Augustus Welby
Northmore Pugin's first church design. He later worked on Alton Towers
and the Houses of Parliament. Three miles north west of
the remains of
Croxden Abbey, founded in 1176 by
Bertram de Verdun
Bertram de Verdun for
monks of the Cistercian Order. Redfern's Cottage:Museum of Uttoxeter
Life is on Carter Street and is run by a group of volunteers. The
restored timber-framed building houses local history displays and a
small gift-shop selling local history books and souvenirs, with a cafe
opening in 2017.
The town's refurbished Market Place contains the town's main war
memorial, as well as the Millennium Monument and the Dr. Johnson
Memorial. The Wednesday Friday and Saturday Markets are held weekly in
the Market Place, in addition there is a monthly Makers' Market.
Smallwood Manor, just over a mile outside the town and built in 1886,
was formerly a country house and is now home to Smallwood Manor
Preparatory School. The National Trust's Museum of Childhood is
located at nearby Sudbury Hall.
Uttoxeter Racecourse is one of Uttoxeter's most famous landmarks and
is a short walk from the town centre.
Bramshall Road Park is the town's recreational ground and offers
tennis courts, skate park, basketball court, football pitch, bowling
green and two children's play areas, as well as floral arrangements
and Picknall Brook nature reserve which can be followed through to the
Alton Towers Resort is around 10 miles (16 km) from
Peak District National Park is about 20 miles away.
Croxden Abbey is a ruined Cistercian Abbey approximately three miles
outside of the town.
Uttoxeter Casket or Dr Nelson's Casket is an Anglo Saxon reliquary
which likely came from
Croxden Abbey. It was rediscovered in a cottage
Croxden in the mid-19th century. It probably held a religious relic
and was displayed on an altar. The casket currently resides in the
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio.
Uttoxeter lies within the
BBC West Midlands
BBC West Midlands and
ITV Central both
broadcast from the
Sutton Coldfield transmitting station. Because of
the town's location it is also possible to receive
BBC East Midlands
Waltham transmitting station
Waltham transmitting station in Leicestershire.
BBC station is
BBC Radio Derby, based in Derby.
BBC stations can be received in
Uttoxeter include BBC
Radio Stoke and
BBC Radio Leicester.
Uttoxeter's own commercial radio station is Ashbourne Radio, broadcast
on 101.8 FM locally. Other commercial stations that can be received in
the town include Gem 106, Touch FM,
Capital FM East Midlands
Capital FM East Midlands and
Uttoxeter's newspapers are the
Uttoxeter Advertiser, The Uttoxeter
Echo and The Shire Standard.
Uttoxeter Advertiser is part of the Burton Mail group of local
Uttoxeter Echo is part of Times, Echo and Life Publications, which
produce an independent family-owned-and-run weekly in North
Staffordshire. The company has been running since 1896.
The Shire Standard is an independent family-owned-and-run monthly
newspaper, launched in January 2017. It currently has a circulation of
17,000 newspapers, with around 16,500 delivered by hand to local homes
and businesses. Its reach includes the towns of
Uttoxeter and Cheadle
and extends as far as the borders of Stafford, Rugeley,
Stoke-on-Trent, Burton-on-Trent and Ashbourne.
The Wednesday Friday and Saturday Markets are held weekly in the
town's refurbished Market Place. A monthly Makers Market is held in
the High Street.
Uttoxeter Civic Society was re-established in 2004 to act as a civic
watchdog and to protect and promote the history and heritage of
Uttoxeter Lions run a beer festival in June, 'Lark in the
Park' at Bramshall Road Park on August bank holiday, Bonfire and
Fireworks Night in November and an annual Christmas fair and market
known as 'Cracker Night'.
Uttoxeter Choral Society was founded in 1881 and is one of the
oldest choral societies in the United Kingdom. They have a continuous
record of making music which is matched by very few other societies.
Uttoxeter is also the home of the Acoustic Festival of Britain. 
Uttoxeter obtained minor fame as the setting of a recurring comedy
sketch by comedians
Stephen Fry and
Hugh Laurie in their BBC
television series A Bit of Fry and Laurie. In one episode of the
sketch, two obnoxious business entrepreneurs (who run various
Uttoxeter throughout the series) develop grand plans for
a popular sports centre. The sketch derives its humour from the fact
Uttoxeter is in fact a very quiet and sedate town. The name can
also be uttered with mild humorous effect.
The town also featured in Countryfile, as a 'mystery town'. The town's
cattle market featured in the programme; it was the last cattle market
ever in the town centre site in 2005. Local people participated in the
programme from the local
Uttoxeter Advertiser and
Oldfields Hall Middle School
Oldfields Hall Middle School was featured in the film A Room for Romeo
Brass, written and directed by
Shane Meadows and Paul Fraser, two
Uxonians who have risen to fame.
The town also featured in a critically praised short story entitled
"The Long, Long Road to Uttoxeter" by journalist and TV presenter Rod
Liddle in his book Too Beautiful for You.
Uttoxeter Racecourse has been used on several occasions as the
racecourse visited by residents of the popular soap Coronation Street.
Uttoxeter is the home of Rockin' Johnny Austin MBE, recognised for his
charity work and for rock and roll songs such as Rockabilly Stroll
which was a minor hit in the 1980s. John also produced a World Cup
Single, Victory Day, in 2010 which was filmed on location in Uttoxeter
St. Mary the Virgin Church
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Church of England
The main religious building in
Uttoxeter is the Church of England
church St. Mary the Virgin Church on Church Street in the town. The
present structure dates from 1877 but parts of the building date from
the 15th century. There is also another Church of
England church in
The Heath area of the town which is known locally as
The Heath Church.
Both churches lie in the parish of
Uttoxeter and the Diocese of
St. Mary's Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic church in the town is called St. Mary's Catholic
Church and dates from 1838 and was designed by Augustus Pugin. The
church is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Other Christian Churches
Uttoxeter also has a Methodist church which dates from 1812, a United
Reformed church on Carter Street, a Pentecostal Church, a Free Church,
and a Kingdom Hall for Jehovah's Witnesses.
The are no other religious sites in Uttoxeter. The nearest mosques and
Sikh Gurdwara are in Burton upon Trent, and the nearest synagogue is
Quaker Meeting House
Uttoxeter Meeting House in Carter Street was built in 1706,
remaining in use until the late 1880s when dwindling numbers of
attendees resulted in its closure; however, it was reopened in 1922,
remaining so ever since.
Uttoxeter has a three-tier schooling system that consists of several
first schools, three middle schools (Oldfields Hall Middle School,
Windsor Park Middle School and Ryecroft Middle School, Rocester) and a
high school. All 3 schools are rated Good by Ofsted in 2015/16 and the
high school was named as one of the top 10% of schools nationally for
Progress at GCSE in 2015, Thomas Alleyne's, has over 1,100 pupils, an
astroturf football pitch, swimming pool, gymnasium and several grass
football pitches. Thomas Alleyne's is the only high school in
Staffordshire that offers a school farm. The school also includes a
sixth form centre, and is one of three schools founded by the
16th-century priest Thomas Alleyne.
Prior to this educational structure, the town had a selective
secondary and grammar school system which consisted of Windsor Park
Boys' School, Oldfields Girls' School and Alleyne's Grammar School.
Uttoxeter is the hometown of Olympic gold medal winning swimming star
Adam Peaty, world record holder for the 50m and 100 m breast stroke.
In January 2015 he opened the newly redeveloped
Centre which now houses the
Adam Peaty swimming pool.
Uttoxeter Racecourse, which is home to the Midlands Grand National, is
one of Uttoxeter's most famous landmarks and is a short walk from the
Uttoxeter Rugby Club
Uttoxeter Rugby Club was formed in 1982 when JCB Rugby club began to
play its games at Oldfields sport and social club in Uttoxeter
establishing the first rugby side in the town traditionally associated
with football. In those days there was no league structure in place
Uttoxeter played "friendly" fixtures and developed great
rivalries with other local sides including
have endured over the last 30 years.
Uttoxeter has a football club called
Uttoxeter Town FC, also based at
the aforementioned Oldfields sports and social club which for many
years has been successful in the Burton and District Sunday Football
League. From 2012,
Uttoxeter Town FC entered the
Senior League, Division 1. There is also
Rocester F.C. in the nearby
village of Rocester.
Uttoxeter Golf Course is a short walk from the main town. The Manor
golf course is 3 miles out of the centre near the village of
Uttoxeter Leisure Centre in Oldfields Road has a swimming pool, gym
and sports hall.
Uttoxeter Rifle Club is a Home Office Approved Rifle Club based in the
village of Denstone. The club regularly shoots on the 30-yard outdoor
cadet range at
Denstone College as well as longer-range facilities at
Catton Park and Diggle.
Thomas Alleyne (c.1488–1558) priest who founded schools, e.g. Thomas
Alleyne's High School Uttoxeter. and
Alleyne's Academy in Stone
Thomas Blagrave (died 1590) was Acting
Master of the Revels 1573–79
Thomas Allen (1542 – 1632) English mathematician  and astrologer
born in the town
Sir Simon Degge, (1612–1703) antiquary,  wrote notes on Plot's
Natural History of Staffordshire.
Robert Bakewell (1682 – 1752) Artist and Metal worker, born in the
Admiral Lord Gardner
Admiral Lord Gardner (1742 – 1809)  commanded a younger Nelson
was born at the Manor house in the town, and died at Bath
Samuel March Phillipps (1780–1862) civil servant,  legal writer
and permanent under-secretary for home affairs from 1827 to 1848
Samuel Bentley (1785–1868) English printer  and antiquarian.
Thomas Kynnersley (1839 – 1874) naval officer and later MP in New
Zealand, born in town
Lewis Hall (1860 – 1933) dental surgeon and politician in British
Joseph Cyril Bamford
Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916 – 2001), Industriaist founder of JCB was
born at what is now the Parks
Peter Vaughan (1923 – 2016) television and film actor  who lived
in the town and attended
Uttoxeter Grammar School
Dave Sampson (1941 – 2014) English rock singer, born in the town
Anthony Bamford (born 1945) billionaire industrialist and Ferrari
collector. Son of Joseph Cyril Bamford, born in Uttoxeter
Ruth Gledhill, (born 1959) journalist, lived in
Gratwich and attended
Thomas Alleyne's High School
Shane Meadows (born 1972), writer and director, known for This Is
England was born and brought up in Uttoxeter
Bartley Gorman (1944 – 2002) bare knuckle boxer, lived for many
years in the town
Gary Croft (born 1974) Grew up in the town and attended Alleynes.
Footballer  first English footballer to play whilst wearing an
Jason Beardsley (born 1989) footballer  for Notts County F.C.
Adam Peaty (born 1994), world record holder for the 50m and 100m
breast stroke and Olympic gold medalist
Vincent Blore (1908 - 1997) goalkeeper played for Uttoxeter, Aston
Villa, Burton Town,
Derby County, West Ham, Crystal Palace and
St Mary the Virgin Church Uttoxeter
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