The Village of Upwell
Criss-crossed with peaceful waterways, dotted with church spires and clusters of villages The Fens is an area unique in Britain. Tranquil landscapes, huge horizons with dramatic skies and stunning sunsets.
The picturesque riverside village of Upwell, which straddles the old course of the River Nene, also known as Old Welle Creek, is one of the most attractive villages in the region.
Today, this ancient waterway, crossed by occasional Dutch-style bridges is a useful navigational link between the Great Ouse and the River Nene, used by many pleasure craft and barges.
Upwell, together with its twin village of Outwell can trace its origins back to 970AD when records show an inland port called Wella.
Located in West Norfolk on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens the village is amidst some of the most fertile arable land in the country.
There is a range of family shops including a Spar village store, Post Office, newsagents, butchers, greengrocer, baker, hairdresser, a celebrated fish and chip shop and several public houses including the Five Bells Inn.
There is a village hall, playing fields, a Health Centre with a doctors surgery and dispensary and a Community Primary School. There is a Technology College at Downham Market and Secondary schools at West Walton near Wisbech and Downham Market.
Upwell once housed the terminus of the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway, which transported much of the agricultural produce of the area until 1966. Upwell Health Centre is now sited on the former marshalling yards.
The tramway was the inspiration for the Rev. Audrey's "Thomas the Tank Engine" who saw the trains every day from the window of the rectory in nearby Emneth.
St.Peter's Church has its origins in the 13th Century and was renovated in the 19th Century. This splendid church has an unusual tower resembling a miniature cathedral. Inside are twenty five carved oak angels in the roof looking down into two Victorian galleries.
Upwell is situated in the centre of a triangle formed by the ancient Cambridgeshire towns of March and Wisbech, and Downham Market in West Norfolk.
Wisbech, situated approximately 7 miles north west of Upwell has enjoyed a prosperous past. The legacy of wealthy merchants and landowners can still be seen today in the stately buildings laced along the banks of the River Nene in the area known as The Brink.
Downham Market, a quiet market town built largely from local Carr stone was once a thriving river port. Situated on the banks of the Great Ouse the town is about 6 miles east of Upwell.