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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Newham, London

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Latitude: 51.5233 / 51°31'23"N

Longitude: -0.005 / 0°0'17"W

OS Eastings: 538504

OS Northings: 182370

OS Grid: TQ385823

Mapcode National: GBR KY.PFZ

Mapcode Global: VHGQV.VZR4

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 April 2008

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392547

English Heritage Legacy ID: 493490

Location: Newham, London, E3

County: London

District: Newham

Electoral Ward/Division: Canning Town North

Built-Up Area: Newham

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Plaistow and North Canning TownThe Divine Compassion

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

09-APR-08 War memorial

War Memorial commemorating the employees of the Gas Light & Coke Company killed in both World Wars. Architect unknown; perhaps moved to this site from Beckton gas works.

Memorial comprises a stone column surmounted with flat capital on which sits a tall iron-framed and glass octagonal gas lamp. This is set on a stone base, rectangular in plan, which formerly held two bronze plaques commemorating the many employees killed in World Wars I and II, stolen in 2007. These included ceramic tiles with the arms of the company, featuring a pair of salamanders breathing fire.

The war memorial sits in a memorial garden to the north of the former London Gas Musuem. Adjacent to this are two structure of less interest, that carry duplicate plaques, as well as a statue of Sir Corbett Woodall, Governor of the Gas Light & Coke Company 1906-16.

The war memorial has Group Value with the Bromley-by-Bow gas holders to the north and the statue of Sir Corbett Woodhall.

Summary of importance: There is strong historic interest to this war memorial that commemorates the many employees of the Gas Light & Coke Company killed in both world wars. It is also architecturally strong, comprising a stately column that is emotively and fittingly capped with a gas lamp, which evokes the 'eternal flame' and links it closely to the history of this important company.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 17 February 2017.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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