"UPTON, a straggling village, 9 miles W.N.W. of Yarmouth, has in its parish 519 souls, and upwards of 1600A. of land, exclusive of Fishley, which is united with it for the support of the poor. Wm. Waters, Esq., owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor. The Church (St. Margaret,) had a square tower, of which part of the ruins still remain. The vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £5, is consolidated with that of Ranworth, in the incumbency of the Rev. J.W. Greaves, and patronage of the Bishop of Ely, who is also appropriator of the great tithes, which are leased to W. Waters, Esq. The tithes of Upton were commuted in 1839, the vicarial for £163, and the rectorial for £283. 15s. 6d. per annum." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


Upton forms a united civil parish with Fishley.
They are together known as Upton with Fishley and as Upton cum Fishley.
See also Fishley.



Norfolk Family History Society
Monumental Inscriptions of Upton, Norfolk.
[Norwich, Norfolk Family History Society, date unknown]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Blofield, in the archdeaconry of Norwich.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch.

Church History

Church of St Margaret of Antioch
Description, pictures, minister, services, parish magazine, etc.
Church of St Margaret of Antioch
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret of Antioch
Services, etc.
Church of St Margaret of Antioch
Picture of the church.

Church Records

Marriages 1558-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 1.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Upton was in Blofield Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Upton with Fishley Parish Council
Minutes, meetings, etc.
Upton History Group
Description, history, pictures, etc.
Upton Tower Mill
Description, history and map.
Upton Black Drainage Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Upton is in Walsham Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Walsham Hundred
Description of Walsham Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Upton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Hill, Percival Oakley
A history of Upton, Norfolk, with an introduction and "History of the Manor of Upton" by Walter Rye.
[Norwich, Agas H. Goose, 1891]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Upton and Fishley Inclosure and Drainage Act, 1799.
An act for dividing, allotting, and inclosing, the arable lands, intermixed pastures, open fields, half year lands, commons, and waste grounds, within the parish of Upton, in the county of Norfolk, and such parts of the open fields, called Upton Field and Fishley Crofts, as lie in the parish of Fishley, in the said county, and for draining the same, 21st March 1799.
[London, George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1799]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG397126 (Lat/Lon: 52.658164, 1.542719), Upton which are provided by:


Military Records


Poor Houses, Poor Law



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year  Inhabited
1801  58  73337   Upton
     1    1  10   Fishley
1811  62  81362   Both
1821  62  91465   Both
1831  68100510   Both
1841109  --519   Upton
     1  --    9   Fishley
1851115  --564   Upton
     1  --    4   Fishley
Year  Inhabited
1861127  --601   Upton
     1  --  10   Fishley
1871122125558   Both
1881124129531   Both
1891115115530   Both
1901118118492   Both
1911  --114483   Both

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1851 and 1861 Censuses
"Parts of the following Parishes in the South Walsham Subdistrict, are situate in the Marshes at distances varying from two to seven miles from the respective villages: South Walsham St. Lawrence, Upton, Acle, Halvergate, Tunstall, Wickhampton, Freethorpe, and Reedham."
1901 Census
"Including Cargate Green, and Upton Green."