Local market town named best place to live in the Midlands

Uppingham has been named the best place to live in the Midlands. It topped a list of eight local locations chosen to represent the best of the UK in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.

Melton was among the finalists, with locations across the West Midlands, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire. The comprehensive UK guide includes 70 locations judged on how good it is to live in each.

The Sunday Times judges behind the guide weighed a wide range of factors, from schools, transport and broadband to the culture, green spaces and health of the high street. They also looked for cities, towns, and villages that had improved over the years and those that had a strong community spirit.

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The average house price for each location was also a factor. In Uppingham the average price is just over £377,000, according to Halifax, which sponsored the guide.

Uppingham was chosen from a shortlist of eight Midlands venues. The other seven considered for the title of best place to live in the Midlands – in alphabetical order – were:

  • Birmingham – Jewelery Quarter and Kings Heath
  • Ellesmere, Shropshire
  • Hathersage, Derbyshire
  • Villages of Lincoln Cliff, Lincolnshire
  • Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
  • Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire

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The Uppingham quote in the guide reads: “Beauty runs deeper than skin in this sophisticated little market town, where the houses are attractive and the high street has everything you need. The biggest star, however, is the Goldmark Art Gallery, one of the best outside a capital city, whose exhibitions regularly feature works by artists one would normally have to take a break in town to see.”

The quote from Melton, whose average house price was £296,000, read: ‘Britain’s ‘rural food capital’ continues to show other boroughs how it’s done, thanks to a cattle market revitalized which is a perfect combination of modernity and tradition. “From pork pies and farmhouse breakfasts to antiques, craft beer and street food, everything is available here.

A beautiful country park, an art deco cinema and a handful of historic buildings are among Melton’s other attractions. Helen Davies, Editor of The Times and The Sunday Times, said: “The Sunday Times list of best places to live is necessarily subjective.

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Be guided by the statistics and you will never grasp the spirit of a place. “For that you have to visit to take in that ‘you have to be here’ feeling. Is the pub dog friendly, for example?

“Can you live without a car? What are schools and homes like? Is it multicultural and multigenerational, and can it provide a good way of life for many different people?

“Ten years ago when we launched the inaugural listing, London’s gravitational pull was strong, the WFH revolution had yet to reach our doorsteps and the high streets were stacked with chains. How times have changed – and how welcome this change is.

“This year we discovered new, better places to live, reborn town centers in the north, rejuvenated suburbs across the country, hidden villages in the south west and a switchable Scottish island. We hope there will be something for everyone.

To see the full list on the Sunday Times website Click here.