Upminster Bridge

Upminster Bridge, Havering

The penultimate eastbound station on the District line, situated in the border country between Upminster and Hornchurch

geograph-3767770-by-Martin-Addison - Passing The Windmill

The sta­tion’s name refers to the road bridge over the Riv­er Ingre­bourne at the foot of Upmin­ster Hill. In 1782 the vestry board pro­posed a stone-built replace­ment for the old wood­en bridge, but the plan was reject­ed. This proved a false econ­o­my because sub­se­quent tim­ber repairs cost as much as the stone bridge would have done.

Con­struc­tion of a stur­dier cross­ing had to wait until 1891, fol­low­ing heavy rain and dis­as­trous floods three years ear­li­er in which the Bridge House Inn (now the Wind­mill, shown in the pho­to­graph above*) had been bad­ly dam­aged. The new bridge was twice the width of its pre­de­ces­sor and had a time cap­sule of local doc­u­ments and pub­li­ca­tions sealed into the foun­da­tions, sev­en feet below the road sur­face.

Near­by, spec­u­la­tive house-build­ing began before the First World War and the area was ful­ly devel­oped by around 1930, with the sta­tion open­ing in Decem­ber 1934. Replace­ments, ‘improve­ments’ and ongo­ing infill­ing have had a messy effect on the area’s domes­tic archi­tec­ture. The local shops, also a mixed bag, are main­ly of the low rent vari­ety.

Hornchurch sta­di­um, on Bridge Avenue, was built in 1952. The sta­di­um has ath­let­ics facil­i­ties and is home to AFC Hornchurch.

Postcode areas: Hornchurch, RM11 and Upminster, RM14
Station: District line (zone 6)
* The picture entitled Passing The Windmill on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Martin Addison, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.