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Memorial details

Memorial type
Other memorial
District
Redbridge
Town
Woodford Green
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Peace and Anti-War memorials
Maker
MR ERIC BENFIELD
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20 October 1935
    Attended by: P. ZAPHIRO,JAMES RANGER,E. J. A. WEBSTER,SYLVIA PANKHURST,MAGGIE FREAKE,J. DAVEY
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6 August 1987
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 21 June 1936
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2086
Current location
  • at Roadside railed off from a corner of a garden and piece of Epping Forest lan
    581-587
    Highbeam House
    High Rd
    Woodford Green
    Redbridge
    Greater London
    IG8 0RD
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 40142 92039
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Pedestal surmounted by a carved stone replica of a 1930s torpedo bomb, enclosed by metal railings.
Inscription
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
Inscription legible?
no
Commemorations
  • Peace and Anti-War memorials
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Listing information
  • ANTI AIR WAR MEMORIAL
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
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.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Galliard Homes
Reference
  • The Times 04 November 1935
  • Yellow Advertiser 10 April 2008
  • The Guardian 17 July 2010
  • 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.
  • London Review of Books 12-13 / 23 August 2001 Article about memorial and its sculptor Eric Benfield
  • New Times and Ethiopia News by Ed. Sylvia Pankhurst and Sylvio Corio 1936 Publicising second unveiling on 21st June 1936.

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