Genealogy Notes for the Village
of Upton, Oxfordshire
A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution.
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Location and general description
Upton stands on the southern side of the Windrush valley and
just upstream from Burford, Oxon. South of it lay Fitt's quarry workings, less well known
than quarries at Taynton, Oxon,
which were on the
opposite bank of the
river and supplied stone for the rebuilding of London after the great
fire). The upton quarries were operated by the KEMPSTER family,
which included the well known master mason Christopher
KEMPSTER. KEMPSTER took his stone from this quarry overland
to the river Thames at Radcot and then down to London by barge.
Today Upton is a small place and in 1738, according to the
Vicar of Burford, it was not much larger, the
combined villages of Upton and Signet only holding 19 houses.
parish of Upton with Signet is complicated as it also includes a
detached portion of land to the West of Burford, Oxon.
2 Geo 2 (c1827) there was a chancery case, Jeremiah BEZLEY and his wife
Jane. v. William HAYNES and John JORDAN, concerning the Manor or
lordship of Bury Barnes cum Membris, in Burford, Upton, and Synett
alias Signet (Oxford), and the defendant HAYNES copyhold lands in
Upton, in the parish of Burford. Customs of manor.
In the early 19th C at least some of the local pasture was used for sheep.
Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, August 20, 1808; Issue 2886.
LOST.Stolen or strayed, out of a ground at Upton, near Burford, Oxon, on Monday night the 8th inst. or early on Teusday morning, - TWENTY EWE LAMBS
the property of Thomas Stayt, and are amrked by a bit being taken out
of the under part of the off ear, and rather of the Leicestershire
breed. If stolen, whoever will give information so that the offender or
offenders may be convicted, shall on such conviction, receive FIFTY GUINEAS reward, on application to Mr. Waters, solicitor, Burford.
Burford, Aug. 11, 1808.
In 1809 the village had an Inn called the Bird in Hand
Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, August 5, 1809; Issue 2936.
BURFORD, OXON.To be LET, and entered upon at Michaelmas next, - The well known INN,
called the Bird in Hand, with good stables and other conveniences, at
Upton, near Burford, and two closes of pature theor adjoining
Apply to Mr. North, solicitor, Woodstock.
in 1809 a government report commented that Mr FAULKNER of Burford had
two teams of oxen and that the use of oxen teams in preference for
horses was a feature of the Burford area (Board of Agriculture, 1809,
19 Jan 1810, Mr. TIDEY's Bird in Hand was the venue for the auction of
twenty lots of 'fine ELM TIMBER TREES, now standing and growing at the
Priory in Burford, Upton, and Signett'. (Jackson's Oxford Journal
(Oxford, England), Saturday, January 13, 1810; Issue 2959)
The 1830 poll of Knights of the Shire lists five who owned freeholds
in Upton and Signett.
- James DEANE of Burford owned land occupied by
- William EMBERLIN of Upton owned a mill and land which he
FAULKNER of Bury Banes [in Burford] owned a house and land which he
- Christopher KEMPSTER of Upton owned a house and land
occupied by himself and others.
- Humphrey TUCKWELL of Signett owned land which he occupied
Upton Paper Mill
In the 18th C Upton was the site of one of the Windrush valley
mills. During the history
of Upton papermill it was operated for a time by the HATTON
The JORDAN familyElizabeth JORDAN (chr. 1721-1799) who married (abt 1748, at Shilton, Oxon.) Thomas HATTON of Widford, Oxon.,
papermaker, was the daughter of John JORDAN of Upton & Elizabeth
(nee GALLAWAY) his wife. Their marriage bond states that Thomas HATTON
was at that time 'of Upton' and mentions a John JORDAN of Upton who was
a weaver. Assuming this was the same John JORDAN, a link with the
JORDANs of Witney, Oxon., is probable as they were clothiers and had property in Burford.
A selection of links to other
sites with information about this place
- Board of Agriculture and Internal Improvement, View of the Agriculture of Oxfordshire, London: Richard Phillips, 1809
- BETTERIDGE, Paul Posting by dated 01 Dec 1998, http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/OXFORDSHIRE/1998-12/0912553372
(accessed 17 Mar 2006)
- GRETTON, R. H., The Burford Records, Clarendon Press, MCMXX
- MOODY, Raymond & Joan, The Book of Burford,
- OAKEY, David, About Radcot, David Oakey Trading, 2006,
online at http://www.ox18.net/clanfieldradcot.htm
(accessed 24 Aug 2006)
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