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Upton-upon-Severn (or Upton on Severn, etc. and locally simply Upton) is a small town and civil parish in the Malvern Hills District of Worcestershire, England. The 2011 census recorded a population of 2,881[1] making it the smallest town in the county.

Upton-upon-Severn
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High Street
Upton-upon-Severn is located in Worcestershire
Upton-upon-Severn
Upton-upon-Severn
Location within Worcestershire
Population2,881 (2011)
OS grid referenceSO852405
• London114 miles (183 km)
Civil parish
  • Upton-upon-Severn
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWorcester
Postcode districtWR8
Dialling code01684
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
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UK
England
Worcestershire
52°03′47″N 2°12′54″W / 52.063°N 2.215°W / 52.063; -2.215Coordinates: 52°03′47″N 2°12′54″W / 52.063°N 2.215°W / 52.063; -2.215

Upton is situated on the west bank of the River Severn and is located 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Malvern. The town has a distinctive tower and copper-clad cupola – known locally as the "Pepperpot" – the only surviving remnant of a former church.[2]

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HistoryEdit

Until the later half of the 20th century, the bridge at Upton was the only one across the River Severn between Worcester and Tewkesbury; the present bridge was built in 1940.[3] Oliver Cromwell's soldiers crossed the Severn here to win the battle of Upton before the main Battle of Worcester in the English Civil War.

TodayEdit

The population of the civil parish in 2011 was recorded at 2,881[1] – an increase from 2,859 recorded in 2001.[4] The parish extends westward from the town, including the settlement at Tunnel Hill, but does not include the village of Ryall located close to the town, on the other side of the river. Upton is in the West Worcestershire parliamentary constituency.

Upton lies on the banks of the River Severn and is known for its regular flooding.[5] Low-lying areas of Upton suffered serious flooding in 2000. In the 2007 floods, levels exceeded those in 2000, and the town was inaccessible by road.[6] The town's main built up area lies on slightly higher ground than the surrounding countryside, and becomes an island during severe floods.

The town has three major music festivals, with the spring folk festival, and the summer jazz and blues festivals.[7]

Upton is the home of The White Lion Hotel, a 16th-century coaching inn, where parts of the building date back to 1510. The building has undergone many transformations over the centuries and is easily found on the high street due to its distinctive portico, adorned with its very own lion. Reputed to have played a part in the English Civil War, where soldiers from both sides are alleged to have enjoyed the hospitality of this popular local hostelry prior to the Battle of Worcester. Guests of the hotel can stay in rooms referred to in books VII and VIII of Henry Fielding's classic 1749 novel Tom Jones in which he refers to the hotel as "A house of exceeding good repute";[8] these rooms retain many of their original features.

Upton on Severn Sports Field is the home of Upton on Severn Rugby Club, as well as being used for Welland Junior Swifts matches and other community functions. Upton Town F.C. will play in the Midland Football League from August 2019.[citation needed]

EducationEdit

Primary education is provided by Upton-upon-Severn CofE Primary School with approximately 160 (2013) pupils on role. [9] Hanley Castle High School, located in a nearby village, provides secondary education for the region.

PeopleEdit

 
The 'Pepperpot' – remains of a former church

TransportEdit

 
The bridge at Upton-upon-Severn

Upton used to be served by Upton-on-Severn railway station, on a branch line Tewkesbury and Malvern Railway from Ashchurch to Malvern, with the intermediate stations Tewkesbury, Ripple, Worcestershire, Upton upon Severn and Malvern Wells (Hanley Road).[11] The Upton to Malvern section closed in December 1952 and the rest in August 1961, before the Beeching Axe.

Although the M5 motorway is close by, the nearest motorway junction is Junction 1 of the M50 (which is 2 miles from J8 of the M5).

Upton Marina is home to Mercia Inshore Search and Rescue.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "History of the Old Church" (PDF). www.upton.uk.net. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  3. ^ "The Bridge at Upton" (PDF). www.upton.uk.net. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  4. ^ ONS 2001 census: parish headcount
  5. ^ Clare Lissaman, Downpours shocked 'most flooded' town Upton upon Severn, BBC News, 20 July 2012.
  6. ^ "July 2007 Floods". www.upton.uk.net. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Upton Blues Festival". Upton Blues Festival. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  8. ^ Fielding, Henry (1861). Tom Jones. Derby. p. 149. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  9. ^ Ofsted. Retrieved 6 December 2017
  10. ^ Fell Smith, Charlotte (1909). John Dee: 1527–1608. London: Constable and Company.
  11. ^ "Upton Ticket". www.miac.org.uk. Railways in Worcestershire. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  • 'Parishes: Upton upon Severn', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 4 (1924), pp. 212–217. [1] Date accessed: 14 July 2009.

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