Visit Uttoxeter and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The strangest thing about this small market town is its name. Today it is often called “Ucheter” or “Uxeter” and in the past it has been spelt in a variety of ways: Wotocheshede (Domesday Book, 1086), Uttokishedere (1175), Wittokeshather (1242), Uittokesather and Huttokesather (1251). It is believed to derive from a form of Witta, a man's name, and an old word for heath.
Today Uttoxeter is known mainly for its racecourse, reckoned the finest National Hunt Steeplechase course in the Midlands; and for a visit paid it about 1780 by Dr Samuel Johnson. Johnson's father was a bookseller in Lichfield and used to have a stall in Uttoxeter market. On one occasion, the young Samuel, too proud to stand at a market stall, refused to go with his father to Uttoxeter. Many years later, an old man near the end of his life, Dr Johnson returned — to do penance for his act of disobedience. For several hours he stood bareheaded, in the rain, on the spot in the Market Place where his father's stall used to stand: “In contrition I stood, and I hope the penance was expiatory.” Today there is a substantial stone conduit here with a carving depicting the scene.
About 3 miles North of Uttoxeter, among meadows between the Rivers Dove and Churnet, lies the village of Rocester. Once a Roman station, Rocester has seen much history. in the churchyard is the shaft of a 700-year-old cross, with interlaced work, said to be the best preserved example in the country; nearby are the remains of an Augustinian abbey.
Nearby towns: Ashbourne, Burton-upon-Trent, Cheadle, Rugeley, Stafford
Nearby villages: Abbots Bromley, Admaston, Alton, Boylestone, Bradley in the Moors, Bramshall, Church Broughton, Church Leigh, Clifton, Cresswell, Croxden, Denstone, Dilhorne, Doveridge, Draycott in the Moor, Ellastone, Fauld, Foston, Great Cubley, Grindley, Ingestre, Marchington, Marchington Woodland, Marston Montgomery, Milwich, Newborough, Newtown, Norbury, Oakamoor, Osmaston, Rocester, Scropton, Shugborough, Snelston, Somersal Herbert, Stowe-by-Chartley, Sudbury, Tatenhill, Tixall, Totmonslow, Weston, Yeaveley
Have you decided to visit Uttoxeter or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Uttoxeter bed and breakfast (a Uttoxeter B&B or Uttoxeter b and b)
- a Uttoxeter guesthouse
- a Uttoxeter hotel (or motel)
- a Uttoxeter self-catering establishment, or
- other Uttoxeter accommodation