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Memorial details

Memorial type
Other structure
District
City Of London
Town
London
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War - civilians
Maker
Harry Paticas, Coniston Ltd
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 17th December 2017
    Attended by: Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 17th December 2017
    Attended by: Fr. Alan Green, Rector of St. John on Bethnal Green Church
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
70373
Current location

Bethnal Green Underground Station
Bethnal Green Road
London
City Of London
Greater London
E2 0EL
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 34973 82729
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Large abstract sculptural structure of mixed materials including stone, metal and teak. Titled the "Stairway to Heaven", the stone structure has plaques with a list of names of all those who died in the civilian disaster and a series of individual commemorative plaques. The memorial is incomplete and in course of construction; the design incorporates a teak staircase with 173 conicals, each to represent a victim.
Inscription
UNKNOWN/ (Names...)/ Individual plaques with personal commemorations.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Aarons, Betty Diana
Asser, Jessie Louisa
Bailey, Mary
Bailey, Rose Ethel May
Baker, George Stephen
Baker, Minnie Amelia
Bass, Eileen Dorothy Margaret
Beaken, Eileen Louisa
Beaken, Ethel Louisa
Beaken, Matilda Janr
See details for all 172 names
Commemorations
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 173
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 173
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, age
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
Components
  • Other structure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone, Wood - Teak, Metal
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Comments: Estimated cost of £500,000 relates to design and construction.
Memorial: c. £500,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: London Borough of Tower Hamlets; London Underground, many corporate and personal donors. Organised by the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust.
Responsibility
Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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