Upton-upon-Severn Worcestershire Family History Guide

Upton-upon-Severn is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Worcestershire.
Parish church: St. Peter and St. Paul
Parish registers begin: 1546
Nonconformists include: Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Upton-upon-Severn

Historical Descriptions


Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870

St Peter & St Paul’s church, Upton-upon-Severn. The copyright on this image is owned by Ben Brooksbank and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

UPTON-ON-SEVERN, a neat and Well-built market town of England, in Worcestershire, situated on the Severn, which is crossed here by a stone bridge of six arches, 10 miles S. from its post town, Worcester. It has a money ord. off. The parish church is a handsome structure, with a square tower, rebuilt in 1756, which formed part of the original building. It also possesses some chapels for nonconformists, a public building comprising a market-house, court-hall, and assembly-rooms, and several schools. It has an export trade in cider. Mar. D. Thurs. Pop. 2676. It is a station on the Birmingham, Tewkesbury, and Malvem line of the Midland Railway, 6¾ miles from Great Malvern.
Source: Beeton’s British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

UPTON-UPON-SEVERN, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Worcester. The town stands on the river Severn, and on the Malvern and Tewkesbury railway, 5½ miles NNW of Tewkesbury; was occupied by Cromwell’s troops, before the battle of Worcester; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling place; comprises several good streets; and has a post-office under Worcester, a r. station, a banking office, two chief inns, a town hall with market house and assembly-rooms, a bridge rebuilt in 1853, a church in the modern Italian style with a cupola-tower, Baptist and Roman Catholic chapels, a cemetery of 1865, with a chapel in the early English style, a mechanics’ institute with reading room and library, an endowed school with £40 a year, a workhouse, charities £86, a weekly market on Thursday, and four annual fairs. The parish comprises 3,170 acres. Real property, £11,662. Pop., 2,676. Houses, 552. The manor, with Ham Court, belongs to J. J. Martin, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £917. Patron, the Bishop of W. The sub-district contains 7 parishes, and a part. Acres, 20,604. Pop., 6,122. Houses, 1,323. The district includes also Hanley and Kempsey sub-district, and comprises 53,016 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £10,820. Pop. in 1851, 18,070; in 1861, 21,010. Houses, 4,155. Marriages in 1863, 130; births, 625, of which 41 were illegitimate; deaths, 432, of which 117 were at ages under 5 years, and 17 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,188; births, 5,528; deaths, 3,912. The places of worship, in 1851, were 23 of the Church of England, with 6,713 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 50 s.; 1 of Baptists, with 260 s.; 5 of Wesleyans, with 561 s.; 1 of Lady Huntingdon’s Connexion, with 350 s.; and 4 of Roman Catholics, with 857 s. The schools were 20 public day-schools, with 1,565 scholars; 22 private day-schools, with 369 s.; 15 Sunday schools, with 1,020 s.; and 2 evening schools for adults, with 11 s.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1831

UPTON upon SEVERN, a market town and parish in the lower division of the hundred of Pershore, county of Worcester, 10 miles (S.) from Worcester, and 109 (N. W. by W.) from London, containing 2319 inhabitants. According to Dr. Stukeley, this was the Upoessa of Ravennas ; and the opinion that it was once a Roman station has received confirmation from the discovery of some ancient armour in the neighbourhood. A bridge, consisting of six arches, was erected, pursuant to act of parliament, in the reign of James I., which was broken down, and a battery placed in the churchyard, to prevent the approach of Cromwell and his forces ; but the plan was ineffectual, and the parliamentary forces entered the town. Upton is situated on the right bank of the river Severn, which is here navigable for vessels of one hundred tons’ burden, and is crossed by a bridge erected in 1606 : it is neatly built, and the streets are well paved. There is a subscription library. The surrounding country is in a state of high cultivation, and the prospects are varied and picturesque. A considerable quantity of cider, brought from Hereford and other places, is shipped here for conveyance to different parts of England : there is a harbour for barges, and a wharf on the river, for the convenience of loading and discharging. The market is on Thursday : a plan for the erection of a handsome market-house, to include an assembly-room and apartments for the meetings of the magistrates, has been agreed upon, and the subscription for defraying the expense of its erection nearly completed : an act will be applied for this present session of parliament (1831), soon after which the building will be commenced. Fairs are held April 2nd, June 2nd, July 10th, and the Thursday before the 2nd of October. A manorial court is held occasionally, and petty sessions once a fortnight.

Photo of High Street, Upton upon Severn by Philip Halling, some rights reserved.

The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king’s books at £27, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester. The church, which is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, is a handsome structure, completed in 1758 : the ancient tower was once surmounted by a spire, which, from an apprehension of insecurity, was taken down, and a wooden cupola substituted. There is a place of worship for Baptists. A charity school for instructing fifteen girls was endowed, in 1718, by Richard and Anne Smith, with property of the present value £28 per annum, which was augmented by a bequest of £5 per annum, in 1824, from Miss Sarah Husband : a boys’ school was added to it, in 1797, by means of a bequest from George King, of property secured in the purchase of £100 three per cents., and £100 four per cent. consols. ; and these are now incorporated into two National schools, which are further supported by voluntary contributions : about one hundred and sixty children are educated. Dr. John Dee, a celebrated astrologer in the reign of Elizabeth, was a native of this town : the Rev. J. Davison, B.D. author of some highly-esteemed theological works, is the present incumbent.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831

Worcestershire Delineated C. and J. Greenwood 1822

Upton-upon-Severn – a market town and parish in the hundred of Pershore, lower division, 10 miles S. from Worcester, and 110 from London; containing 464 inhabited houses. The town stands on the west bank of the river Severn, over which it has a stone bridge of six arches, built in 1605: it was partly destroyed in the civil wars, to prevent the Parliament army from crossing the river. The church is a neat building, erected in 1757, for which purpose the church lands were let on lease for 99 years; the span of the roof is the widest in England, except St. George’s, Hanover-square; the tower, which is very similar to St. Nicholas, Worcester, was built about 16 years afterwards; it is a pleasing object, and contains a good ring of bells. There is no manufacture in the town deserving of notice, but it has a considerable traffic by barges on the river Severn. The market is on Thursday; fairs, first Thursday after Midlent, Thursday in Whitsun-week, 2nd September, and Thursday before St. Matthew’s day. The living is a rectory; the Rev. Robert E. Baines, incumbent; instituted 1772; patron, the Bishop of Worcester. Population, 1801, 1858 – 1811, 2023 – 1821, 2319.
Source: Worcestershire Delineated: Being a Topographical Description of Each Parish, Chapelry, Hamlet, &c. In the County; with the distances and bearings from their respective market towns, &c. By C. and J. Greenwood. Printed by T. Bensley, Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, 1822.

Cemetery chapel, Upton-upon-Severn Chapel and cemetery in Rectory Road in Upton-upon-Severn. The copyright on this image is owned by Philip Halling and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Ham Court

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Ham Court, a seat in Upton-on-Severn parish, Worcester; near the river Severn, 2 miles S of Upton. It belonged formerly to the Bromleys; and belongs now to J. J. Martin, Esq.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Upton-upon-Severn – Cholera Epidemic 1832

The book Records and Traditions of Upton-on-Severn (below) contains an interesting account of the outbreak of cholera in 1832 in Upton. It starts on page 139 but I’ve linked to the book to start at the beginning of Chapter IV because it is interesting reading about pestilence including smallpox in Upton. Actually the whole book is really interesting and free.
Upton-upon-Severn – Cholera Epidemic 1832 – Google Books


Online Directories

Upton-on-Severn Bennett’s Business Directory for Worcestershire, 1914
Lascelles & Co.’s Directory and Gazetteer of the City of Worcester & Neighbourhood 1851
Bentley’s Directory of Upton-upon-Severn 1840 – Archive.org
Upton-on-Severn from Pigot and Co.’s National Commercial Directory 1835 – Google Books

Directory Transcriptions

Upton-upon-Severn Billings Directory 1855
Upton upon Severn (with the village of Hanley Castle and Neighbours) Slater’s Directory 1850
Upton-upon-Severn Lewis Worcestershire Directory 1820
Upton-upon-Severn Universal British Directory 1791

Family History Links

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death records, Census, Migration & Naturalization and Military records – Free
Upton upon Severn Burial Records 1866 to 1905 – Upton Website
Cholera Deaths in Upton – Upton Website
Upton upon Severn Marriages 1811 – 1837 – Upton Website
War Memorial Photos – Upton Website


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.
Bill Thomas, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, currier, July 3, 1827.
Day John, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestersh., grocer and druggist, Oct. 7, 1828.
Deakin Francis, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, grocer, Feb. 27, 1821.
Green Daniel, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestersh., linen draper, July 21, 1826.
Hall John, Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire, builder, Jan. 4, 1828.
Lane Thos., jun., Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestersh., corn dealer, Feb. 24, 1827.


  • County: Worcestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Upton-upon-Severn
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Worcester
  • Rural Deanery: Powyke
  • Poor Law Union: Upton-upon-Severn
  • Hundred: Pershore
  • Province: Canterbury