Anti-Air Warfare Memorial
at Roadside railed off from a corner of a garden and piece of Epping Forest lan
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 40142 92039
Pedestal surmounted by a carved stone replica of a 1930s torpedo bomb, enclosed by metal railings.
Plinth, 6 o'clock face: THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED AS A PROTEST AGAINST THE WAR IN THE AIR Plinth, 3 o'clock face: TO THOSE WHO IN 1932/ UPHELD THE RIGHT TO/ USE BOMBING AEROPLANES. On the plaque at the foot of memorial: TO THOSE WHO IN 1932 / UPHELD THE RIGHT / TO USE BOMBING PLANES / THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED / AS A PROTEST AGAINST WAR IN THE AIR / THE SITE OF THIS MONUMENT IS / THE PROPERTY OF / SYLVIA PANKHURST / DESIGN AND WORK BY ERIC BENFIELD / ORIGINALLY UNVEILED BY / P. ZAPHIRO / SECRETARY OF THE IMPERIAL ETHIOPIAN LEGATION / JAMES RANGER / E.J.A. WEBSTER / J. DAVEY / SYLVIA PANKHURST / OCTOBER 20TH 1935
Names on memorial
Peace and Anti-War memorials
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
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Measurements: depth 607mm, height 2200mm, width 607mm
Listed by: Historic England
Listed by: Historic England
Date: 20 October 1935
Attended by: P. ZAPHIRO,JAMES RANGER,E. J. A. WEBSTER,SYLVIA PANKHURST,MAGGIE FREAKE,J. DAVEY
Date: 21 June 1936
Attended by: UNKNOWN
Date: 6 August 1987
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
2014: Informed that restoration work undertaken by Galliard Homes as memorial on land developed by them. Memorial was cleaned and railings replaced. 2008: Sculpture vandalised and later restored through funds provided by Dr Richard Pankhurst, the Heritage of London Trust and London Borough of Redbridge. Original inscriptions badly faded. Plaque placed on railings detailing original wording. 1998: RESTORATION WORK TO REPAIR DAMAGE CAUSED BY VANDALISM, POLLUTION AND WEATHERING: BOMB WAS REATTACHED AND SANDBLASTED AND NEW FINS WERE ATTACHED. 1997: Bomb stolen and later found in forest land off Woodford New Road 1979, 22 February: Grade II listed. 1935, November: Within a fortnight of its unveiling in October 1935 the memorial was broken and the carved stone bomb stolen. 1935, 20th October: On the night of the unveiling the memorial was attacked with creosote.
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The Times 04 November 1935
New Times and Ethiopia News by Ed. Sylvia Pankhurst and Sylvio Corio 1936 Publicising second unveiling on 21st June 1936.
London Review of Books 12-13 / 23 August 2001 Article about memorial and its sculptor Eric Benfield
Wanstead and Woodford Guardian (Guardian Series) 17 June 2010 Information about the rejected planning applications for flats behind the memorial which could have put the memorial at risk.
The Guardian 17 July 2010
Yellow Advertiser 10 April 2008
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