Upholland is a civil parish and village in West Lancashire, England, 3
miles east of
Skelmersdale and 4 miles west of Wigan. The population
at the 2011 census was 7,376.
3 Notable claims
8 See also
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The village is on a small hill 89m above sea level that rises above
Lancashire Coastal Plain. There are views towards St Helens
Liverpool in the south west,
Southport in the
north-west and towards Wigan,
Manchester and on to the High Peak of
Derbyshire in the east.
The place-name is first attested in the
Domesday Book of 1086, where
it appears as Hoiland. It appears as Upholand in a Lancashire
Inquest of 1226. This is from the
Old English hohland, meaning 'land
on or by a hoe or spur of a hill'. The name Upholland
differentiates it from another place locally called Downholland, 10
miles to the west (on the other side of Ormskirk). The manor of
Holland was a possession of the
Holland family until 1534, whence it
may be presumed they derived their name.
George Lyon, reputed to be one of the last English highwaymen, and 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
Great Britain and
Upholland has its own art society known as
Society that consists of a group of amateur and professional
artists that live in or near Upholland. They hold regular exhibitions
and paint a wide range of subjects from local scenes to contemporary
Upholland railway station
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
lawyer George Carman, pop musician
Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout, the
editor of the Jerusalem
Bible and British
Member of Parliament John
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.
The phonetician John C Wells, who was president of the International
Phonetic Association between 2003 and 2007, was born in
the vicar of the parish, Philip Wells. He has commented on the
accent of the area and how it contrasted with the Received
Pronunciation that was spoken in his home.
Prof Richard James Arthur Berry, eminent surgeon and brain surgeon,
was born in Upholland.
The Old Dog pub
St. Thomas Church
Listed buildings in Upholland
Up Holland High School
^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 17 January 2016.
^ http://domesdaymap.co.uk/place/SD5205/upholland/ Domesday Online:
^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names,
^ EU Trade Commissioner
Catherine Ashton EU Commission (official
^ 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
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