Uppermill is today the central village of Saddleworth. The building of both the turnpike road and the canal across Uppermill valley in the 19th century meant that its growth and development overtook that of Dobcross - until then the leading Saddleworth village.

Uppermill is the most extensive retail centre in the area. As well as shops serving the local community with essentials, there are many arts, crafts and gift outlets catering for the tourist industry.

Many visitors come at weekends, drawn by the specialist retailers, scenic High Street and attractions such as the Huddersfield Canal, Museum, Art Gallery and the Brownhills Countryside Centre.

Saddleworth Church (The Parish Church of St. Chad) is one of the oldest buildings in the area. There have been three churches built on the site, the first in 1217. It stands higher up the hill from the main village of Uppermill, indicating the site of the original village settlement.