Upwell Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Family History Guide

Upwell is an Ancient Parish partly in Cambridgeshire and partly in Norfolk. Welney is a chapelry of Upwell. 

Alternative names: Christchurch, St Peter, Upwell Christchurch, Upwell St Peter

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1650
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1691

Nonconformists include: Baptist (Norfolk), Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Reform.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Outwell
  • Denver
  • Stow Bardolph
  • Fordham
  • Welney
  • Hilgay
  • Downham Market
  • Welney
  • Outwell

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

UPWELL, a village and a sub-district in Wisbeach district, and a parish partly also in Downham district, Cambridge and Norfolk. The village stands on the river Nen, 4¾ miles E of Pear-Tree r. station, and 6 SE by S of Wisbeach; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Wisbeach. The parish includes Welney chapelry; and is ecclesiastically cut into the sections of St. Peter, Christchurch, and Welney. Acres, 21,746. Real property, £42,703. Pop. in 1851, 5,377; in 1861, 4,783. Houses, 1,081. The property is much subdivided. Beaupre Hall manor belongs to W. Townley, Esq.; and Wisbeach-Barton manor, to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. A Gilbertine monastery was founded at Mirmaud about the time of King John. The livings are rectories in the diocese of Norwich. Value of St. Peter, £3,080; of Christchurch, £1,594; of Welney, £1,300. Patron of St. P. and C., W. Townley, Esq.; of Welney, W. Townlee, Esq. St. Peter's church is mainly later English; Christchurch was built in 1865; and Welney church was built in 1850. There are five dissenting chapels, a parochial school, and charities £346. The sub-district excludes Welney chapelry, but includes Outwell parish. Acres, 19,472. Pop. in 1851, 5,619; in 1861, 4,947. Houses, 1,133.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


County: Norfolk
Civil Registration District: Wisbeach
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk
Diocese: Norwich
Rural Deanery: Fincham
Poor Law Union: Wisbech
Hundred: Clackclose
Province: Canterbury