|Corbets Tey Road|
Greater London England
Postal Code: RM14 2AJ
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Corbets Tey Road,
Upminster, Essex, RM14 2AJ
The Parish Church of Upminster
In 653 AD, Saint Cedd, a monk from Lindisfarne, was sent to Essex as a missionary by Bishop Finan. Cedd landed at Bradwell-on-Sea, where he founded a minster - a church base for clergy to teach the Christian faith in the surrounding areas or "the parish". Over the next ten years Cedd established four more minsters at Tilbury, Canewdon, Southminster, and Upminster.
The first church in Upminster was probably made of timber and thatch, as there was no local source of stone. It would have been very small, as the population was sparse, the Doomsday Book records there being 31 working men and their families. Little is known of the parish history until the reign of King John (1199-1216) when the church was rebuilt in stone.The oldest surviving part of the church is the tower, which is 28 metres (90 feet) high.
The oldest remaining memorials in the churchyard are four headstones placed against the outer walls of the north aisle. Two are dated 1717 and the others 1710 and 1695. There are also several good examples of 18th and 19th century table tombs.
A notable interment is that of Dr William Derham, Rector of Upminster,famous for his work on measuring the speed of sound.
Dear Mr Gillon
I attach the Short Guide to St Laurence church for use on your
Penny Edwards, Admin Asst