* 1 Geography * 2 Etymology * 3 Notable claims * 4 Community * 5 Religion * 6 People * 7 Gallery * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links
The village is on a small hill 89m above sea level that rises above
The place-name is first attested in the
One of Upholland's claims to fame is that George Lyon , reputed to be one of the last English highwaymen , is said to be buried in the churchyard of the Anglican Church of St. Thomas the Martyr . The truth of the matter is that Lyon was little more than a common thief and receiver of stolen goods. The grave can be found under the concrete parapet opposite the White Lion pub.
A burial place of greater historical significance can be found at the
south east corner of the church. Here, in a railed enclosure is the
grave of Robert Daglish ; a pioneer in steam locomotive engineering
and design. In 1814, when
George Stephenson was still working on his
early locomotive Blucher, Daglish built The Yorkshire Horse, a 'rack
and pinion ' locomotive to haul coal wagons at a nearby colliery .
This proved to be a great success. Daglish went on to construct other
locomotives and work on railway systems both in
Upholland railway station is on the Kirkby Branch Line.
The church was previously a Benedictine monastery , the Priory of St. Thomas the Martyr of Upholland.
A Catholic seminary , St Joseph\'s College , used for training
Catholic priests, was once based in Upholland. The college closed down
in 1987 after over 150 years of serving the northern Catholic dioceses
of England. Notable former students include
Paul Addison , Tony
Brindle-Wills, comedians Tom O\'Connor and
Johnny Vegas , the libel
George Carman , pop musician
Paddy McAloon of
Prefab Sprout ,
the editor of the Jerusalem
Actor Ian Bleasdale and Richard Ashcroft (of The Verve ) come from Upholland. Richard's mother, Louise, is the daughter of Reg and Lilian Baxter. The Baxters were a prominent family in Up Holland throughout the 20th century. The comedian Ted Ray (born Charles Olden), spent his childhood in the village, his father being the licensee of the Bull's Head public house, which used to stand in School Lane.
The life peer Catherine Ashton , appointed as the European Union 's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in 2009, was born in Upholland.
John C Wells , who was president of the International
Phonetic Association between 2003 and 2007, was born in
Prof Richard James Arthur Berry , eminent surgeon and brain surgeon, was born in Upholland.
The Old Dog pub *
St. Thomas Church *
* ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 17 January 2016. * ^ http://www.citipedia.info/city/general/United+Kingdom_Lancashire_Upholland_id_2635156 * ^ http://domesdaymap.co.uk/place/SD5205/upholland/ Domesday Online: holland * ^ Eilert Ekwall , The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.245. * ^ http://www.wiganarchsoc.co.uk/blog/?page_id=289 * ^ Uphollandartists.com * ^ EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton EU Commission (official website) * ^ Lady Ashton: Principled, charming ... or just plain lucky Nicholas Watt, Brussels, guardian.co.uk, Friday 20 November 2009 19.58 GMT * ^ J C Wells - personal history * ^ Blog entry of 17 March 2012, John Wells\'s phonetic blog: "English places" * ^