From 1927 Upton was a thriving mining community round its own colliery. When this closed in 1966 following an explosion in the pit the local miners were transferred to other collieries in the area maintaining the connections with the industry. Sixty one men died in Upton colliery during its forty year existence.
Upton is included in the Doomsday Survey of 1080. One of the earliest land marks in Upton is the Windmill that still stands at the very top of Field Lane, known locally as the Beacon, and this was given to John Foster by Joan Grey of Upton Hall in 1405. The oldest land mark in North Elmsall, is St Margaret’s Church which was built in 1896 and is still used today.
Upton and North Elmsall has produced some well known celebrities. Some of these being John Godber, Author, Charlie Williams, Comedian, Leonard Parkin, Television News Presenter and Mrs Ada Mason, born September 24th 1895 and passed away on 9th February 2007 aged 111, who was the oldest living person in England.
Upton and North Elmsall have been well known for its sporting successes over the years. There have been a number of football and cricket clubs, both children’s and men’s teams, and then in 1978 ARLFC were formed and they have gone from strength to strength.
There have been many changes in Upton and North Elmsall, the most recent being the major development of Dale Lane industrial site, which is now home to many large firms such as NEXT, Londis and Netto.
Both the villages of Upton and North Elmsall have grown over recent years with many new homes being built. We also have a very successful Junior School which has gained a number of awards. In 2007 we saw the opening of a new state of the arts library which is constantly in use. Upton and North Elmsall have a low crime rate and when putting these factors together both Upton and North Elmsall have become a very desirable place to live.