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History and background
The parish of Uplyme has one of the largest boundaries in England—in excess of 16 miles (26 km), the area of the village being approximately 3,618 acres (14.64 km2).
The remains of a Romano-British villa were excavated near to the village in 1850. The earliest recorded reference to the parish was in AD740 when Cynewulf, King of Wessex gifted the manor of Uplyme to Glastonbury Abbey. The Domesday Book also mentions the village.
The parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul lies within the village and is located adjacent to the primary school. The church is thought to have been founded in the 9th century, but the 14th century tower is the oldest part of the present structure.
The new village hall is situated a few hundred yards from the church, with adjacent playing fields containing a children's play area and 2 cricket pavilions (one worthy of listed status is currently disused). The old village hall was replaced by the modern building in 1993 and was financed by determined fundraising and grant funding under the inspired leadership of villager Adrian Pearson.
Mrs Ethelston's C of E Primary School is named after Mrs Anne Ethelston (1799–1854), the wife of the Reverend Charles Wicksted Ethelston. After her death, Charles Ethelston decided to erect a building in his wife's memory in order to house the already existing school. Sadly, however the main building was not opened until 1873, a year after his own death.
The school currently houses around 120 pupils, encompassing 7 years in 6 classes. The school consists of three buildings, an early 1990s building for reception to year 2 known as Wood Haven,and another building is being built, whilst the main original old building is home to years 3, 4, 5 and 6, as well as the staff and administration areas.
In line with other villages throughout the country Uplyme has seen a deterioration in the number of local facilities. The Black Dog and The New Inn public houses closed leaving just one, the Talbot Arms, in the village. The Black Dog was supposedly named after a phantom black dog which led a farmer to a hoard of Stuart coins, which he then used to purchase the inn. The last hotel, The Devon Hotel, formerly the vicarage, was converted to flats with the extensive grounds being developed for housing. Shops were reduced to one when the village butchers closed. There is also filling station in the village.
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