Upton by Chester
|Upton by Chester|
Upton by Chester shown within Cheshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Upton by Chester|
|Unitary authority||Cheshire West and Chester|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||CH2, CH3|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||City of Chester|
Upton by Chester is a civil parish and a large suburb on the outskirts of Chester, in the Borough of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire in England. It includes the villages of Upton and Upton Heath. At the 2001 Census the population was recorded as 7,800.
Formerly a township in Broxton Hundred, it included the hamlet of Upton Heath. The population was 173 in 1801, 555 in 1851, 1,769 in 1901 and 6,343 in 1951.An illustrated 300 page book on the history of Upton called 'Upton-by-Chester A Peoples History' was published in 2005.
Upton-by-Chester as we know it today started when the railway was built in the mid-1800s. Gentlemen's country houses were built and provided employment other than traditional rural jobs. Initially ribbon development but then housing estates were built as more people moved out of the overcrowded city. Following the post-WW2 building boom there is now little development land left.
One building of particular interest is 'Upton Mill'. Built in 1775 this was a full working flour mill with outhouses, yard and orchard. The wind sails were removed in the early 1920s when electricity was installed. The mill became closed in 1953 and remained uninhabited until 1979 when the mill was sold and converted as a private residence. Renovation was completed in 1988.
Shopping and leisure
There are several shops including Bache, Upton-Heath, Weston Grove, and at least four pubs including the Bache, the Frog, the Game Keeper, The Wheatsheaf Inn and an Indian Restaurant called Plush Spice.
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