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The name Upperthong may be derived from the Danish 'Thing' (a place of military gathering) - there is also a Netherthong - which suggests a link to the Viking invaders who took control of large areas of the North East of England. The name could also be derived from the Viking word 'thong', meaning a strip of land. Upperthong is set on higher ground than Netherthong, suggesting the names could refer respectively to an upper strip of land and a lower strip of land.
Upperthong has been represented by Jason McCartney (Conservative) since his victory in May 2010.
Upperthong Junior and Infant School takes children aged 4 to 11 in 7 single aged classes. The school provides a high level of education to its 192 pupils with an above average overall score in the key stage 1 and 2 league tables.
Although small, Upperthong manages to support a cricket team in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League and a football team, who play in Division 4 of the Huddersfield and District Association League.
Several roads in Upperthong form part of the southern section of National Route 68 of the National Cycle Network - the Pennine Cycleway, the route follows Upperthong Lane from its start in Holmfirth, and continues along Wickins Lane and Wolfstones Road.
- Bill Owen, who played Compo in the BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine, is buried at the parish church, St. John's.
- Cashing in on Holmfirth's Last of the Summer Wine fame, Compo's Cafe is a popular fish & chip restaurant and takeaway.
- Upperthong also boasts a village hall situated close to the cricket field, used by various clubs and groups in the village.
- The annual Upperthong Gala is held over the last weekend in June, and includes events for all ages, including live music, kids evening and a Sunday fete.
- Upperthong hosts the World Welly Wanging Championships each year at the Village Gala on the last weekend in June.
- Wickens Lane changes its spelling to Wickins Lane halfway along its length.
- Kirklees Government Area Profile 2005
- Upperthong J&I School
- Upperthong J&I OFSTED Report
- BBC Schools' league tables 2006
- National Cycle Network
- findarticles.com citing Huddersfield Daily Examiner June 26, 2006
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