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Uplands House

uplands late 1950s

The first recording of the property Uplands in Bawdrip Lane discovered to date was in 1822 [6a]

Then in a newspaper advertisement 1834 Uplands House was advertised for sale or let as “A capital newly erected Messuage”.  [1]

It was also offered for sale or let in 1840

It was rebuilt, probably for the Revd. John Warren, in the late 1850s, had ten bedrooms and a large service wing.

By 1861 he had moved to Uplands House. [6b]

It was also offered for sale or let in 1895

From 1901 successive Vicars have lived in the Rectory House opposite the Church.

Uplands was later known as Bawdrip House [2]

1931 occupied by Col Wilfred Wykham Jelf CMG DSO [3]

Mrs Cecilia Helen Jelf stayed in the house until approx. May 1941 [4]

The House was leased in the 1940’s by Somerset County Council for use as a smallpox hospital and for evacuees. [6c]

In October 1944 when the lease expired the Council purchased the premises for £5,300 plus costs as a Residential Nursery. [5]

In 1988 it was a family residential centre until sold in 2010 and is now a private house again.

Research by Richard Culverhouse March 2018.

Acknowledgement of information from National Newspaper Archives


[1] Somerset Gazette 3rd April 1834

[2] Col Wilfred Wykham Jelf CMG DSO died 17 October 1933 at “Bawdrip House” – Western Morning News – Friday 19 January 1934

[3] Coming to live at Uplands-Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser – Wednesday 26 August 1931

[4] Confirmed by Yvonne Crammer resident at Uplands during WWII – interview 21 Nov 2017

[5] Somerset County Herald, Saturday October 14th, 1944.

[6] History of the County of Somerset: Volume 6, Andersfield, Cannington, and North Petherton Hundreds (Bridgwater and Neighbouring Parishes). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1992.

a) P.R.O., RG 9/1628. b) S.R.O., D/D/Rm, box 2. c) Ibid. D/R/bw 22/1/57; D/PC/baw 3/2/2.

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