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14 Facts About Upminster
The economic history of Upminster is characterised by a shift from farming to brick making to garden suburb.
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Placename Upminster is first recorded in 1062 as Upmynstre and is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Upmunstra.
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In 1934 the parish council was abolished and Upminster was combined with other parishes to form part of Hornchurch Urban District.
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The estates of Gaynes, New Place and Upminster Hall were purchased during the 17th century by merchants in the City of London.
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From 1945 to 1974 Upminster formed part of the Hornchurch constituency and from 1974 to 2010 it formed part of the Upminster constituency.
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Upminster is within the Havering and Redbridge London Assembly constituency.
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All of Upminster is contained within these wards, however they cover the connected settlement of Cranham and the rural outlier of North Ockendon.
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The Upminster ward has one of the lowest levels of deprivation in London.
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The station at Upminster is served by National Rail operator c2c who provide services to Fenchurch Street via West Ham; Shoeburyness via Basildon; and Southend via Chafford Hundred.
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Upminster is often associated with Ian Dury and his 1981 album Lord Upminster is named after the town.
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Derham used a telescope from the tower of the church of St Laurence, Upminster to observe the flash of a distant shotgun being fired, and then measured the time until he heard the gunshot with a half-second pendulum.
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