Upton Magna is a village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. (Magna is Latin, meaning "great". Therefore, the translation of Upton Magna is "Great Upton".) Nearby are the villages of Uffington, Rodington and Withington, as well as the wooded Haughmond Hill. The nearest town to Upton Magna is Shrewsbury, just 2.4 miles (3.9 km) to the west.

Upton Magna
Junction at Upton Magna - geograph.org.uk - 721519.jpg
Upton Magna junction
Upton Magna is located in Shropshire
Upton Magna
Upton Magna
Location within Shropshire
Population321 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ554125
Civil parish
  • Upton Magna
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townShrewsbury
Postcode districtSY4
Dialling code01743
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°42′29″N 2°39′36″W / 52.708°N 2.660°W / 52.708; -2.660Coordinates: 52°42′29″N 2°39′36″W / 52.708°N 2.660°W / 52.708; -2.660

Upton Magna is situated on the National Cycle Route 81 between Wellington and Shrewsbury.[2]


Upton Magna is notable for containing the oldest still-standing cottage in Europe – Cruck Cottage, a thatch-roofed, timber-framed cottage located near the church. The entry for this Grade II listed building on the Historic England website suggests that it dates from the 15th or 16th century. However, although the building appears to have been remodelled in the 15th century, dendrochronological tests on the crucks in the cottage have dated the timber to 1269.[3]

The church of St Lucia is a Grade II* listed building.

Key features of the village include a primary school, a Church of England parish church (dedicated to St Lucia), a village hall, a pub ("The Haughmond", formerly "The Corbet Arms"), and a small business park.

Upton ForgeEdit

Near the village is the site of Upton Forge. (The location is grid reference SJ560113; 52°41′53″N 2°39′7″W / 52.69806°N 2.65194°W / 52.69806; -2.65194.) The forge was in operation by 1675, and during the 18th century it was one of the largest forges in the country, with an output of 200 tons per year. It was leased by William Hazledine from 1800, and further developed; the works extended over about 2 miles (3.2 km) of the valley. The chains of the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Conwy Suspension Bridge were made here. The works closed after Hazledine's death in 1840.[4]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Samuel Fisher (died 1681), puritan clergyman and writer, was Rector of Upton Magna 1635-42
  • Upton Magna is identifiably the "Upton-under-Amon" where John Plimmer (1812–1905) was reportedly born, "Amon" being Haughmond Hill. He later emigrated to New Zealand, where he became known as "the father of Wellington".[5] He was registered as having been baptised, with the parental names given as Isaac and Mary, on 19 July 1812 at the parish church.
  • Civil engineer Sir Henry Maybury (1864-1943) was educated at Upton Magna village school.[6]
  • Sir Derrick Capper (1912–1977), ultimately Chief Constable West Midlands Police, was son of a farmer at Downton, Upton Magna.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Civil Pasrish population 2011". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  2. ^ National Cycle Route 81- Shrewsbury to Wellington Leaflet
  3. ^ Local History - Upton Magna
  4. ^ Shropshire Ironmaking Sites Shropshire History. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966".
  6. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 32. Oxford University Press. 2004. p. 572.Article on Sir Henry Maybury by J.S. Killick, revised by John Hibbs.
  7. ^ Kelly's Handbook, 1977. Kelly's. p. 238.

External linksEdit

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