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Upton on Severn, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Upton-on-Severn, a small market-town, the head of a poor-law union and petty sessional division, and a parish in Worcestershire. The town stands on the river Severn, 7 miles NNW of Tewkesbury. It has a station on the Tewkesbury and Malvern section of the M.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Worcester. The town comprises several good streets, and was occupied by Cromwell's troops before the battle of Worcester. The bridge over the Severn, built in 1605, was partly broken down by the Royalists in 1651, and was destroyed by a flood in 1852. It was replaced by the present bridge, opened in 1854, the southern arch of which was originally constructed as a drawbridge, but in 1882 was made into a swing bridge. The Severn is navigable liere for vessels of large burden. The town-hall was built in 1832, and has a market-house in the basement. Petty sessions are held at the police station. The workhouse was built in 1836, and enlarged in 1870. There are two banks, a working men's club and institute, and a vinegar manufactory. Markets are held on Thursdays, and there is a monthly sale of cattle. The parish comprises 3211 acres; population, 2260. Ham Court, the Hill, the Boynes, and the Eades are the chief residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester; net value, £825 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church was built in 1879 to replace the former edifice, and is in the Geometrical Decorated style. There is a chapel of ease at the Hook. There are Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Wesleyan chapels, and a cemetery.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWorcestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishUpton-upon-Severn St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionUpton-upon-Severn 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.