The town best known for racing is well worth a punt

What's going for it? Like Dogger Bank or Land's End, Uttoxeter is one of those places you tend to hear about, rather than visit. It's there in the sports bulletins on the radio: "All bets'll be on Go Gently Sweet in the 1.55 at Uttoxeter." I remember it as a recurring joke on A Bit Of Fry And Laurie, the epitome of middle-class, middle-England ordinariness. And, of course, as the epitome of working-class, middle-England ordinariness in This Is England by local boy done good, Shane Meadows. Visit it, though, and it's both none of these things and all of them. In the flesh, or in the brick, the market town seems a kind of Everytown, stranded in the in-between world, north of Birmingham, south of Stoke, in the border country between Staffordshire and Derbyshire. In-between enough to have quietly expanded of late, attracting commuters fleeing nearby cities for something softer, more undemanding. You'll find little to trouble you in Uttoxeter.

The case against Six of one, half a dozen of the other: everywhere and nowhere. A constant stream of people at the station looking for Alton Towers.

Well connected? Driving: just over an hour to Birmingham, half an hour to the M6 and M1. Trains: don't bother going to Birmingham by train – it's a bit of a palaver. On the track to Derby one way, Stoke the other (both hourly, 26 minutes).

Schools Primaries: Tynsel Parkes CofE, Picknalls First, St Joseph's RC and Oldfields Hall Middle are all "good", says Ofsted. Secondaries: Thomas Alleyne's High is "good".

Hang out at… They do a nice lunch at the You In Mind cafe.

Where to buy The centre has decent streets of bricky period homes, which are especially desirable around Oldfields Road, but it's the Victorian terraces girdling the centre that are the real bargain. Lots of postwar suburbans. Look south for posh detacheds off the Stafford Road and in the corner marked by Highwood Road, Wood Lane and the marvellously named Moisty Lane. Also north-west around Holly Road and Stone Road.

Market values Large detacheds, £300,000-£650,000. Detacheds, £150,000-£300,000. Semis, £110,000-£200,000. Terraces, £95,000-£160,000.

Bargain of the week A sweet, two‑bedroom, grade II-listed cottage in the town centre, with a peculiarly shaped cobbled backyard, £84,950, with Bagshaws Residential.

From the streets

Jenny Richardson "The Peak District is in easy reach. Excellent farm shops. There are too many empty shops in the centre, though, plus the shopping arcade needs cash spent on it and the outdoor market is a shadow of its former self."

Rachel Jarvis "Uttoxeter is fab. It is well connected, has all the facilities of a large town and a racecourse, ice rink and caravan site – in town! Plus lots of independent retailers, including high-end coffee shops."

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