Magna is latin meaning "great". Therefore the translation of Upton Magna is "Great Upton".
Upton Magna is also notable for containing the oldest cottage (that still stands to this day) in Europe and possibly the universe- Cruck Cottage - which is a thatch-roofed, timber framed cottage located near the church. Tests on the timber in the cottage showed it to come from 1269.
The nearest populated town to Upton Magna is Shrewsbury, just 2.4 miles west. Key landmarks in the village include a primary school, Church of England parish church of St Lucia, village hall, pub and business park(including Tesco, Petes at Home and Netto) .
Upton Magna is situated on the National Cycle Route 81 between Wellington and Shrewsbury.
Upton Magna is identifiably the "Upton-under-Amon" where John Plimmer (1812-1905) was reportedly born, "Amon" being Haughmond Hill. He later emigrated to New Zealand where he became known as "The father of Wellington". He was registered baptised, with corresponding parental names Isaac and Mary, on 19 July 1812 at the parish church.