Worcestershire Places of Worship

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Upton Baptist Church, Upton on Severn
Upton Baptist Church (link to Church's website)
Old Street,
Upton on Severn, Worcestershire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1653, and we understand it is still open.

A Baptist Congregation was established in Upton about 1653, following on from the Battle of Upton in 1651. The bridge over the river had been the only crossing point of the Severn between Gloucester and Worcester, and it was being held by the Royalists, quartered at Hanley Castle; however on the 29th August 1651, Parliamentary troops stormed the bridge, to advance and fight Charles II's troops at Worcester, a few days later, the last Battle of England's Civil War.

It was therefore unsurprising that Cromwell's supporters, many of whom were dissenters from the established church, would want to establish a place of worship at this important bridge-head. Their first meeting place was a house in Dunn Lane, but in 1734, a more permanent meeting place was built, on the site of the present church.

The present hall replaced it 2003, opening to coincide with the church's 350th anniversary. Further details are available on the Upton Baptist Church website.

I am indebted to the History section of the www.upton.uk.net website for details of the Battle of Upton. The site also refers to the fact that the Baptist Church may have had a Burial Ground, as it mentions one or two victims of the town's Cholera outbreak in 1832 may have taken place there.

Denomination

Now or formerly Baptist.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SO8516140425. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 16 Nov 2011 at 18:43.

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This Report was created 29 Oct 2017 - 11:01:09 GMT from information held in the Worcestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 5 Jan 2016 at 14:44.

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