Upwell  Norfolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Upwell like this:

UPWELL, a village and a sub-district in Wisbeach district, and a parish partly also in Downham district, Cambridge and Norfolk. The village stands on the river Nen, 4¾ miles E of Pear-Tree r. station, and 6 SE by S of Wisbeach; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Wisbeach. ...

The parish includes Welney chapelry; and is ecclesiastically cut into the sections of St. Peter, Christchurch, and Welney. Acres, 21,746. Real property, £42,703. Pop. in 1851, 5,377; in 1861, 4,783. Houses, 1,081. The property is much subdivided. Beaupre Hall manor belongs to W. Townley, Esq.; and Wisbeach-Barton manor, to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. A Gilbertine monastery was founded at Mirmaud about the time of King John. The livings are rectories in the diocese of Norwich. Value of St. Peter, £3,080;* of Christchurch, £1,594;* of Welney, £1,300.* Patron of St. P. and C., W. Townley, Esq.; of Welney, W. Townlee, Esq. St. Peter's church is mainly later English; Christchurch was built in 1865; and Welney church was built in 1850. There are five dissenting chapels, a parochial school, and charities £346.—The sub-district excludes Welney chapelry, but includes Outwell parish. Acres, 19,472. Pop. in 1851, 5,619; in 1861, 4,947. Houses, 1,133.

Upwell through time

Upwell is now part of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how Kings Lynn and West Norfolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Upwell itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Upwell, in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk and Norfolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 04th August 2021

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