Latest updates: February 2021 – four new blog posts. January 2021 – one new blog post. December 2020 – three new blog posts; and transcripts of the Waters Upton entries in the Kelly’s Directories for 1926 and 1941 added. June 2020 – Two new blog posts. May 2020 – Four new blog posts (two articles, each in two parts); new pages Electoral registers, Death notices etc. and In other news added; Links page updated; 32 more newspaper reports added to the Crime page; 21 property sale notices added to Land page; an update to Memorial Inscriptions: Rider with the addition of a newspaper report.
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 it is a case of fitting the OPS in with my work for the Society (and 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.