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Upton-upon-Severn is a small town and civil parish in the Malvern Hills District of Worcestershire, Englandmarker, on the River Severn, often incorrectly called Upton-on-Severn. It has a population of 2,859.

Located from Malvernmarker, the bridge at Upton is the only one across the river Severn between Worcestermarker and Tewkesburymarker. The present bridge was built in 1940.

History

Upton was founded in 897. Oliver Cromwell's soldiers crossed the Severn here before the Battle of Worcestermarker in the English Civil War.

The town is known for its distinctive tower and copper-clad cupola known locally as the Pepperpot, the sole surviving remnant of a former church.

It is said to be the model for Market Snodsbury, the fictional town in the Jeeves and Wooster novels of P. G. Wodehouse and the site of Brinkley Court. It is also notable for being the birthplace, in 1953, of Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell.

Town today

The current population (2005) is around 3000. It is in the West Worcestershiremarker parliamentary constituency.

Low lying areas of Upton suffered serious flooding in 2000. In the 2007 United Kingdom floods, levels exceeded those in 2000, and the town was inaccessible by road. The town has been dubbed 'Upton under Severn'. However it should be borne in mind that the overall proportion of properties that were flooded remains low - the large majority of properties in Upton were not flooded.

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

Transport

Upton used to have a railway station, on a branch line from Ashchurchmarker to Malvernmarker, with the intermediate stations Tewkesbury, Ripple, Upton upon Severn and Malvern Wellsmarker (Hanley Road). The Upton to Malvern section closed in December 1952 and the rest in August 1961, before the Beeching Axe.

Upton Marina is home to Mercia Inshore Search and Rescue.

References

  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Malvern Hills Retrieved 2009-11-24
  2. bridge
  3. bridge
  4. Pepperpot
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  6. Upton Blues Festival
  7. http://www.miac.org.uk/images/uptonticket.jpg
  • 'Parishes: Upton upon Severn', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 4 (1924), pp. 212-217. [48547] Date accessed: 14 July 2009.


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