Upton Magna

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Upton Magna
Junction at Upton Magna - geograph.org.uk - 721519.jpg
Upton Magna junction
Upton Magna is located in Shropshire
Upton Magna
Upton Magna
Upton Magna shown within Shropshire
Population 321 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SJ554125
Civil parish
  • Upton Magna
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Shrewsbury
Postcode district SY4
Dialling code 01743
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°42′29″N 2°39′36″W / 52.708°N 2.660°W / 52.708; -2.660Coordinates: 52°42′29″N 2°39′36″W / 52.708°N 2.660°W / 52.708; -2.660

Upton Magna is a village and civil parish in Shropshire, England. (Magna is Latin, meaning "great". Therefore, the translation of Upton Magna is "Great Upton".) Nearby are the villages of Uffington, Rodington and Withington, as well as the wooded Haughmond Hill.

Upton Magna is notable for containing the oldest still-standing cottage in Europe – Cruck Cottage, a thatch-roofed, timber-framed cottage located near the church. Tests on the timber in the cottage showed it to come from 1269.[2]

The nearest town to Upton Magna is Shrewsbury, just 2.4 miles to the west. Key features of the village include a primary school, a Church of England parish church (dedicated to St Lucia), a village hall, a pub (The Haughmond, formerly the Corbet Arms), a post office and a small business park.

Upton Magna is situated on the National Cycle Route 81 between Wellington and Shrewsbury.[3]

Upton Magna is identifiably the "Upton-under-Amon" where John Plimmer (1812–1905) was reportedly born, "Amon" being Haughmond Hill. He later emigrated to New Zealand, where he became known as "the father of Wellington".[4] He was registered as having been baptised, with the parental names given as Isaac and Mary, on 19 July 1812 at the parish church.

Civil engineer Sir Henry Maybury (1864-1943) was educated at Upton Magna village school.[5] Sir Derrick Capper (1912-1977), ultimately Chief Constable West Midlands Police, was son of a farmer at Downton, Upton Magna.[6]


  1. ^ "Civil Pasrish population 2011". Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Local History - Upton Magna
  3. ^ National Cycle Route 81- Shrewsbury to Wellington Leaflet
  4. ^ "The Encylopaedia of New Zealand 1966". 
  5. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 32. Oxford University Press. 2004. p. 572. Article on Sir Henry Maybury by J.S. Killick, revised by John Hibbs.
  6. ^ Kelly's Handbook, 1977. Kelly's. p. 238. 

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