Little Upton is located in a historic village called Long Sutton (the long south enclosure), situated 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Somerton in the South Somerset district. Read on for more information about the history of this beautiful village.
Long Sutton is a very old village mentioned in the doomsday book as Sutone, the name means “the long south enclosure” from the old English, Lang, suth & tun. Oliver Cromwell was said to have referred to the Battle of Langport as the “Long Sutton Mercy”. Long Sutton was primarily a farming community until relatively recently, the soil is predominantly clay often known as “mans ground” because it’s difficult to work.
The hills such as Knole Knapp, Knole Hill and Lame Hill form an elevated ridge which was probably traversed in ancient times – a route through frequently inundated country. The church is medieval, dating from 1493 when Bishop Fox granted a licence for its consecration.
The brightly coloured rood screen is unusual and the 15th century pulpit is said to be the oldest of its kind in England. The Quakers first appeared in Long Sutton in 1660. The present meeting house at the junction of Shute Lane and Langport Road was built in 1717 in Queen Anne style and still retains the block used by worshippers to mount/dismount horses.
A weekly meeting is still held with around 30 to 40 attendees. Until 1939 a Quaker school was run in the building opposite the meeting house. Next to the old Quaker School is a cottage about which is said that a Mrs Palmer baked cakes and biscuits and her son and a partner established a new business named Huntley and Palmer.
Before the Second World War almost every job in the village was associated with agriculture, glove making, the blue lias quarries and to a lesser extent lime burning for fertiliser and to make mortar for building. Today the 17 farms have become 9, 2 of which are organic and there are 3 smallholdings. Quarrying has declined and lime burning ended in the 1930s with the last kilns being in Upton and near the Lime Kiln Inn.
Between the war and the 1970s most men found work in factories such as Clarks at Street and Westland in Yeovil while many women worked from home in the glove trade based in nearby Martock. Today the employment is much more varied with quarries having made a comeback but the factories and glove trade shrinking; the parish has many retired people, home businesses and home workers.
Long Sutton is surrounded by moors including areas of Special Scientific Interest such as Wet Moor around Mulchelney extending into Wet Crouds in the parish.
The area is also noted for its bird life with Bewicks Swan, green sandpiper, golden plover, grey partridge, curlew, lapwing, snope, buzzards & barn owls all being found locally. Also deer, hares, badgers, foxes and rabbits can all be seen.