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Brief description of site

Enclosed by red brick walls, the grounds and memorial gardens were from the first laid out formally, subdivided into separate areas with well-kept grass, beds, flowering trees and variegated shrubs. The main red brick crematorium buildings incorporated on the east side a circular Chapel of Meditation with a conical roof, the complex surrounded by Tuscan colonnaded verandas. From the main entrance, a drive led to the buildings, with a large oval pond now an ornamental lily pond.

Brief history of site

South Essex Crematorium was opened in 1957 by Hornchurch UDC laid out on open land to the west of Upminster Cemetery .

Location information:

Address: Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey, Upminster, RM14 2UY

Locality: London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Havering

Historical County: Essex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ566851
Latitude: 51.5431 Longitude: 0.256871


Rail/Tube: Upminster (District) then bus. Bus: 370

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily 9am - 4pm (November - March); 9am - 7pm (April - October)

Key information:

Form of site: memorial garden

Purpose of site: memorial garden

Context or principal building: funerary site

Site first created: 1957

Main period of development: Mid 20th century

Survival: Extant

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