The churchyard of St Michael’s at Waters Upton is very small, with a correspondingly small number of graves. I visited it on 11 September 2011 to find the last resting place of my 3x great grandmother (Mary Titley, nee Atcherley) and her husband. While there I decided to photograph all the gravestones and other monuments with legible inscriptions so that I could transcribe the inscriptions and upload the information and images to Find A Grave. I managed all but a few of the most recent graves before I ran out of space on my camera’s memory card.
As a family historian, I couldn’t just take photos, make transcriptions, upload everything and leave it at that. I was curious about all the people who were commemorated in the inscriptions I had photographed. So using BMD indexes, parish register data, census returns and other online resources I endeavoured to answer the question “Who do you think they were?”
After the Register of One-Place Studies was set up, I registered my photographic and genealogical survey of Waters Upton St Michael’s graveyard as an OPS. Now, with the creation of this website, I have expanded the Waters Upton One Place Study beyond the parish churchyard with census abstracts, extracts from historic trade directories, and other records. Parish register abstracts are gradually being added (baptisms, marriages and burials now run from 1700 into the 1800s) and I hope over time that other records will join them. At some point I will, if I can fit all this in alongside my Atcherley One Name Study (see the Atcherley Family History website), analyse the records, explore the family trees of the people named in them, and present my findings.
I hope this website will prove to be of use or interest to at least some of the present-day descendants and relatives of those who once lived in this small Shropshire parish.