Latest updates: May 2023 – 1801-31 census data and 1921 census abstract (with people also on the 1911 census cross-linked) added; 1837 Tithe Apportionments – Agreement and Tithe Apportionments – Schedule pages added; also five new blog posts, Coronation celebrations at Waters Upton in 1902A puzzling postcard from Waters Upton, By the numbers: How Waters Upton’s doors got their digits Part 1 and Part 2, and Towards a house history of… the Lion Inn (Part 1) added.

About my Waters Upton One-Place Study

The churchyard of St Michael’s at Waters Upton is very small, with a correspondingly small number of graves. I visited it on 11 September 2011 to find the last resting place of my 3x great grandmother (Mary Titley, née Atcherley) and her husband. While there I decided to photograph all the gravestones and other monuments with legible inscriptions so that I could transcribe the inscriptions and upload the information and images to Find A Grave. I managed all but a few of the most recent graves before I ran out of space on my camera’s memory card.

As a family historian, I couldn’t just take photos, make transcriptions, upload everything and leave it at that. I was curious about all the people who were commemorated in the inscriptions I had photographed. So using BMD indexes, parish register data, census returns and other online resources I endeavoured to answer the question “Who do you think they were?”

After the Register of One-Place Studies (now the One Place Studies Directory) was set up, I registered my photographic and genealogical survey of Waters Upton St Michael’s graveyard as an OPS. Then, with the creation of this website, I expanded the Waters Upton One Place Study beyond the parish churchyard with census abstracts, extracts from historic trade directories, parish register abstracts (baptisms, marriages and burials run from 1700 into the 1800s), and other records – and there’s more to come.

I also joined the Society for One-Place Studies and more recently (at the Society’s AGM in November 2019) I ‘stepped up’ to do my bit for this small but invaluable organisation by joining its Committee and taking on the role of Social Media Coordinator. If you conduct a one-place study (or are thinking of starting one) do consider joining, taking part in the Society’s activities, and sharing your knowledge and experience with fellow members.

I used to fit my one-place study in (after a fashion!) with my Atcherley One-Name Study (see the Atcherley Family History website), but these days my Atcherleys are feeling very neglected. Despite the competing claims on my time, I am beginning to analyse Waters Upton’s historical records, explore the family trees of the people named in them, and present my findings here.

I hope this website will prove to be of use or interest to at least some of the present-day descendants and relatives of those who once lived in this small Shropshire parish.

Steve Jackson

Waters Upton church

St Michael’s Church Waters Upton website

8 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. My 7xgt grandfather was John Wase. It was interesting to find a legible extract of his will and the sale of the farm animals & furniture by his grandson, also John.
    The first John’s son Benjamin was also vicar at Waters Upton in the 1750’s
    It’s nice to find all the information all in one place.

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  2. Good Morning Steve my name is Nicola. I was born Edge and my family originates from Shropshire. I gather one of my ancestors Sarah Jackson may have been of your family. I was born in Birmingham but have lived in France most of my life.
    Two years ago as I am doing ancestry tracing I travelled to Ellesmere and Wem. We also stopped to see Waters Upton to see the churchyard but had little time and could not see any Edge graves.
    I gather as some of them were paupers maybe they had no proper graves as such. Or maybe hey have disappeared.
    I have just discovered your website. Fascinating.


  3. Excellent website I have looked at it many times and find the information very useful, I maintain the St Michael’s Church website. I am very interested in the masthead photograph, I have a copy of it as a postcard in black and white, I am wondering how you have a coloured photo of it. The photograph was taken prior to 1959 when my family moved from Lower House Farm to the Beeches, which is the house on the left in the photograph, I am still living there now. The 1941 Kelly’s directory transcript does not show my grandfather Griffith Davies living at Lower House Farm, in the actual directory he is listed under John Brookes farmer, The Beeches.
    A previous comment from Paul Davis mentions the Rev Benjamin Wase as vicar of Waters Upton , he was actually Rector of Great Bolas from 1745 to 1758.
    Many thanks again for a website with a vast amount of information from your research.

    David Williams


    • Thanks so much for your feedback David! The masthead image is from a copy of the very same black and white postcard, which I scanned and then uploaded to the MyHeritage website to get it colourised. Have a look at my blog post “A Waters Upton Postcard” for more info – I will now have to update that post to confirm that the house on the left is, as I suspected, The Beeches!


  4. Hi, I am currently researching the Dodds who were born in Waters Upton – in particular Ann Dodd, born 1849. I couldn’t however find her in the baptism records although her brothers Thomas and Richard are listed (born 1842 and 1848) – would you be able to help? Anne married George Bowen and moved tot he Wirral and died in 1013 in Oxten, Birkenhead.


    • I see you are way ahead of me with researching Ann Dodd, and I am now catching up (she is in my one-place study tree/forest on Ancestry but only partially researched). There no baptism for her in the Waters Upton register as far as I am aware, and Ann is not alone in that. There are several possibilities as to why that might be. She may have been baptised but the event was not then recorded in the register. I think this happened more often than we realise. She may have been baptised at a nearby non-conformist chapel, the records of which have not survived or have not been put online (but, given that her brothers were baptised at Waters Upton, it is not clear why that might be, if indeed that is what happened). She may not have been baptised at all as a child, through oversight or some other reason, with the possibility arising from that, that she was baptised elsewhere as an adult.


  5. I am so glad to find this website from a link in the Waters Upton parish newsletter. We have lived in The Hall ( opposite St Michael’s) since 2012, slowly restoring this beautiful old house. Now I am retired, I would like to find out more about the house ( we seem to have 2 Roman sarcophagi in the grounds!) and wonder if you could point me in the right direction to start researching. Thanks, Gillian Lockwood

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    • Hi Gillian, great to hear from you! So sorry for the long delay in responding, I have been away from the website for some time following a bereavement at the end of last year. As it happens, I am working on a ‘house history’ of The Hall, which may be of interest / use to you – stay tuned!


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