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The History of Upton House, part 6

Although initially the group was to be called the Friends of Upton Park, the word "Country" was added in 1978 to distinguish the group from supporters of West Ham Football Club who’s home ground is called Upton Park.

Formed from all organisations having an interest in the Estate, the work of the Friends was initially to have the grounds cleared, paths laid out, and dangerous areas fenced off. The group undertook to provide Voluntary Wardens, and to assist the Council.

The Council spent just over £18,000 to provide a gravel car park for 40 cars, chemical toilet block, fencing and notice boards. Gardeners would be employed, and one would be resident within the grounds.

The "Friends" soon became a Registered Charity (No 272450) and set about formulating ideas to raise money. This has been our number one priority from day one, and nearly 40 years later it is gratifying to see what has been achieved:

The House is a Grade II* Listed Building. Its fabric needs TLC. Some suggested uses are not compatible, so there has to be a ongoing review.

A working partnership and Liaison Forum has seen the work of the Council change since becoming a Unitary Authority in 1997, yet the Friends continue to raise monies and donate towards Council projects. Exciting new ventures will come to Upton.

The family are still with us. Our first President was Miss Margaret Mary Llewellin from 1976 to 1983, and Lord Llewellin watches from his portrait in the Drawing Room. For those who gave us much, we owe to them what we do with it all.

Why not be part of the "Friends of Upton Country Park" and help protect Upton House and Country Park for future generations.

Or simply come and enjoy everything the beautiful Upton House and Country Park has to offer.


  1. The Spurriers
  2. The Tichborne & Doughty period
  3. Tenancies 1853 - 1901
  4. The Llewellin family 1901 - 1957
  5. Poole Corporation 1957 - 1976
  6. Poole Council and the Friends

Poole Council and the Friends of Upton Country Park partnership

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