Upperton, West Sussex

Upperton, West Sussex

infobox UK place
country = England

latitude= 50.996
longitude= -0.6371
official_name = Upperton
population =
civil_parish= Tillington
shire_district= Chichester
shire_county= West Sussex
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Chichester
postcode_district =
os_grid_reference= SU957227

Upperton is a hamlet in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. Part of Tillington civil parish it lies on the Tillington to Lurgashall road 1.4 miles (2.2km) northwest of Petworth.

Upperton stands on a ridge of the lower greensand overlooking the Rother Valley, separated from Tillington by the cricket ground and a field. The stone wall of Petworth deerpark bounds the village on the eastern side, with a gate by the house at the southern end giving access to the public. To the west a number of public footpaths through fields, a vinyard and Upperton Common lead to the scenic Pitshill Park. The Serpent Trail hiking trail passes through the village from Pitshill Park to Tillington.


In 1350 there is a recorded dispute between the Rector of Petworth and Hugh of Merton, Rector of Tillington over tithes. Mention is made of the Abbot of Upperton, an otherwise unknown figure, showing that there was some sort of religious community in the village [Peter Jerrome, "Petworth. From the beginnings to 1660". The Window Press 2002 p41] .During the sixteenth century A.D. a lot of common grazing land east of Upperton was illegally enclosed to make a deer park for Petworth House causing impoverishment of the farmers of Upperton. This resulted in a long running legal case against the Earl of Northumberland, owner of Petworth, described by Peter Jerrome in his book "Cloakbag and Common Purse". [Peter Jerrome,"Cloakbag and Common Purse" The Window Press 1979 ISBN 0-9504830-0-2 p100-106.] The "common purse" was a fighting fund raised by the tenants to fund legal action in the Chancery court; the "clokebagge well fraught with money" was a large bribe to the tenants' leader to drop the case, after first having had him press ganged into the army and sent to fight "beyond seas" which probably meant in Ireland, which he survived.


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