- Upton, Dorset
infobox UK place
country = England
Lytchett Minster and Upton
region= South West England
constituency_westminster=Mid Dorset and North Poole
postcode_district = BH16
Upton is an small town in south east
Dorset, England. It is the second largest town in Purbeck behind Swanage.
The town is built around a road junction where the
Blandfordto Hamworthyroad crosses the main Pooleto Dorchesterroad. The Poole suburbs of Hamworthy and Turlin Mooradjoin the town to the south, whilst Lytchett Minsteris to the west. An area of heathland, Upton Heath, is situated to the north of the town and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest(SSSI). Additionally there are Upton Woods, as well as Lytchett Heath and Lytchett Bay, which leads onto Poole Harbour. Although mostly residential, Upton features a small industrial estatewith businesses including Penski Motors and Southern Print. Close to Upton lies Upton House, a country parkand former Upton Estate. In 2000, The Upton Clock Tower was built at the Upton Crossroads to celebrate the new millenniumand represent the town's pride.
Upton forms part of the
civil parishof Lytchett Minster and Upton, which in turn forms part of the Purbeck local government district of Dorset. It is within the Mid Dorset and North Poole constituency of the House of Commons and the South West England constituency of the European Parliament.cite book | title = OS Explorer Map OL15 - Purbeck & South Dorset | publisher = Ordnance Survey| year = 2006 | isbn = 978-0-319-23865-3 ]
Upton has two
state schools, Upton Infant School and Upton Junior School, which are feeder schools for Lytchett Minster School. The Yarrells Preparatory School is also based there.
The A35 trunk road runs past Upton, as does the A350. Upton is served by
Wilts & Dorsetbus routes numbers 8 and 40 which provide links to Poole, Wareham and Swanage. First Bus also operate the X53 service through the town serving Poole, Wareham, Weymouth, Bridportand Exeter. Damory Coachesoperates two services, 347 and 387. The 347 serves, Poole, Fleetsbridge, Creekmoorand Lytchett Matraverswhilst the 387 serves Poole, Hamworthy, Lytchett Matravers, Bere Regisand Dorchester.
Hamworthy railway stationprovides access to rail travel, with half hourly trains to London, Southampton, Weymouth, Wareham, Poole and Bournemouth. Poole station is a short drive away, with more frequent services.
* [http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=354963 Dorset County Council: Lytchett Minster/Upton]
* [http://www.uptoninf.dorset.sch.uk/ Upton Infant School website]
* [http://www.uptonjun.dorset.sch.uk/ Upton Junior School website]
* [http://www.eluk.co.uk/luca/2000 Memories of Upton - Upton Millennium Project]
* [http://www.eluk.co.uk/luca/ LUCA Website - Lytchett Minster and Upton Community Association]
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