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Welcome to St. Michael's Church of Waters Upton 

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The village of Waters Upton is in the county of Shropshire, England. It is situated on the A442 road 5 miles north of Wellington and 8 miles north of Telford. The ecclesiastical parish is in the rural Deanery of Edgmond and Shifnal, and the Archdeaconry of Salop, which is in the Diocese of Lichfield. The parish covers an area of 720 acres.


The Parish

Waters Upton is a small but growing village with a population of around 250 people in approximately 95 households. The village is five miles to the north of Telford, and is rural in character, although many inhabitants commute to Telford, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton.

Waters Upton Parish contains several historic settlements and a scattering of individual farms and dwellings. The settlements are surrounded by open fields used for agricultural food production.

Waters Upton village dates back to the 11th century and many areas later became part of notable estates, as indeed did other settlements comprising the Parish of Waters Upton. There is still evidence of the house in the village where the visiting monks lived whilst the church of St Michael was being built. The church has had many incarnations, the latest being completed in 1865 when it was rebuilt following demolition of the previous church. There are many fine houses in the village some dating back to the early 1600's, The Rectory, The Hall, and The Grange being just a few. Added to this there are a number of smaller properties evidencing ancient residency in the village.

The current Village Hall was once a Church of England school (1874) initially providing elementary education for 50 boys and girls. The school closed around 1916 and the building was used as a Parish Reading Room. The ‘now’ Village Hall has since been extended and remains a focal point for the whole Parish.

Waters Upton is an ecclesiastical parish within the civil parish of Waters Upton with four other ecclesiastical parishes; these are High Ercall, Rowton, Bolas Magna and Longden Upon Tern.