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.

Steve Jackson

Waters Upton church

St Michael’s Church Waters Upton website

3 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. 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!


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