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Upminster War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Upminster, London

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Latitude: 51.5556 / 51°33'20"N

Longitude: 0.2487 / 0°14'55"E

OS Eastings: 555988

OS Northings: 186476

OS Grid: TQ559864

Mapcode National: GBR W3.MCH

Mapcode Global: VHHNG.85B9

Plus Code: 9F32H64X+6F

Entry Name: Upminster War Memorial

Listing Date: 18 April 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433648

ID on this website: 101433648

Location: Upminster, Havering, London, RM14

County: London

District: Havering

Electoral Ward/Division: Upminster

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Havering

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Upminster St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.


The memorial stands in a paved enclosure alongside Corbets Tey Road and at the eastern end of the churchyard of the Church of St Laurence (Grade I). The enclosure was originally fenced to the front (this is not of special interest). The memorial comprises a Portland stone Celtic cross standing on a tapering, square, plinth. The plinth is raised on a three-stepped York stone base. The front face of the cross is decorated with intricate interlace carving and, to the rear, a reversed sword carved in low relief.

The faces of the plinth bear dark stone plaques. The principal dedicatory inscription to the front reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN/ PROUD AND GRATEFUL/ MEMORY OF THE PEOPLE OF/ UPMINSTER/ WHO FELL IN THE/ TWO WORLD WARS/ 1914 – 1918/ 1939 – 1945/ AND SUBSEQUENT CONFLICTS/ THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US/ BOTH BY NIGHT AND DAY/ (1ST SAMUEL. XXV.16)

The plaque on the north face reads WORLD WAR 2/ FORCES (NAMES). That to the west reads (NAMES)/ MERCHANT/ SEAMAN/ (NAMES)/ CIVILIANS/ (NAMES). The south-facing plaque reads WORLD WAR I/ (NAMES). On the front face of the bottom step of the base is carved SACRED ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1939 – 1945/ AND SUBSEQUENTLY.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 16 February 2017.


Upminster War Memorial was unveiled on 8 May 1921 by Brigadier General CH De Rougemont CMG CB DSO at a well-attended ecumenical service led by the Rector, Reverend HH Holden. Paid for by public subscription, the memorial was designed by Mr C Harrap of Upminster and built by Messrs Pilgrim and Sons of Ilford. It commemorates 66 local servicemen who died during the First World War. Following the Second World War, further inscriptions were added in commemoration of 123 service personnel and 18 civilians who died as a result of that conflict. New plaques were added to the plinth at a later date.

Reasons for Listing

Upminster War Memorial, which stands on Corbets Tey Road, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an intricately carved Celtic cross;
* Group value: with the Church of St Laurence (Grade I-listed).

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