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VS #226a - Upton (nr Huntingdon)

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Hidden : 10/29/2017
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Village signs is a series of caches based on the ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (normally on the village green!).

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Upton is a small, picturesque village in Huntingdonshire, its houses and cottages grouped around the parish church, and all but the little village green and pond.

Upton stands at the edge of the fen, just to the west of the A1(M). From here the lanes lead off to nowhere directly, but the hamlet of Coppingford (which shares a parish council with Upton) is to the north and Alconbury Weston is to the south. Hamerton with its zoo lies off further west up the Alconbury Brook, and besides these there is nothing to be seen around but farms and their cottages, and the roaring of the motorway half a mile to the east.

The parish church, St Margaret, stands at the heart of the village. Of Early English pattern, it topped with a short but pleasing broach spire. There has been a church in Upton since before the Domesday Survey of 1086. No part of that structure now remains though, with the earliest parts of the present church being the south porch, and the font, both of which date from the 12th century. The chancel, the nave arcades and the south aisle all date from the early 13th century. The tower is 15th century, and replaced a bellcote which stood there previously.

"UPTON, a parish in the hundred of Leightonstone, county Huntingdon, 6 miles north-west of Huntingdon, its post town. The village is situated near the Roman way Ermine Street, on the Great North road. From Standgate Hill a view is obtained over the Fens, with Peterborough minster and Wittleseymere in the distance. The living is a rectory,* with that of Coppingford consolidated, in the diocese of Ely, value £160. The church, dedicated to St. Margaret, has an old font. J. W. Heathcote, Esq., is lord of the manor."

Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868

The cache is a short walk from the village sign so please do not go climbing all over it!

If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let SmokeyPugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication..


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