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Up Holland

St Thomas the Martyr Parish Church
Upholland is located in Lancashire
 Upholland shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference
Civil parish Up Holland
District West Lancashire
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Skelmersdale
Postcode district WN8
Post town Orrell
Postcode district WN5
Dialling code 01695
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament West Lancashire
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Upholland is a civil parish and village in West Lancashire, England, approximately 3 miles east of Skelmersdale and 4 miles west of Wigan.


  • Geography 1
  • Etymology 2
  • Notable claims 3
  • Community 4
  • Religion 5
  • People 6
  • Gallery 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The village is on a small hill 89m above sea level[1] that rises above the West Lancashire Coastal Plain. There are views towards St Helens and Liverpool in the south west, Ormskirk and Southport in the north-west and towards Wigan, Manchester and on to the High Peak of Derbyshire in the east.


The locality was referred to as Holland in 1086 in the Domesday Book.[2] The name Upholland differentiates it from another place locally called Downholland, 10 miles to the west (on the other side of Ormskirk). Both derive their names from the manor of Holland, a possession of the Holland family until 1534.

Notable claims

One of Upholland's claims to fame is that 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 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 America.


Upholland has its own art society known as Upholland Artists' Society[3] 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 abstract pieces.

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 Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout, the editor of the Jerusalem Bible and British Member of Parliament John Battle.


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 town, 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.[4][5]

The phonetician John C Wells, who was president of the International Phonetic Association between 2003 and 2007, was born in Upholland to the vicar of the parish, Philip Wells.[6] He has commented on the accent of the area and how it contrasted with the Received Pronunciation that was spoken in his home.[7]

Prof Richard James Arthur Berry, eminent surgeon and brain surgeon, was born in Upholland.[8]


See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Domesday Online: [Up]holland
  3. ^
  4. ^ EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton EU Commission (official website)
  5. ^ Lady Ashton: Principled, charming ... or just plain lucky Nicholas Watt, Brussels,, Friday 20 November 2009 19.58 GMT
  6. ^ J C Wells - personal history
  7. ^ Blog entry of 17 March 2012, John Wells's phonetic blog: "English places"
  8. ^

External links

  • Exploring St. Josephs Seminary, Catholic Seminary, Upholland
  • Up Holland Parish Council
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