Church of St Laurence, Upminster

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Coordinates: 51°33′18″N 0°14′53″E / 51.555°N 0.248°E / 51.555; 0.248

St Laurence, Upminster
Denomination Church of England (Anglican)
Deanery Havering
Archdeaconry West Ham
Diocese Chelmsford
Province Canterbury

The church of St Laurence, Upminster, is the Church of England parish church in Upminster, England. It is a Grade I listed building.[1] It is the historic minster or church from which Upminster derives its name, meaning 'upper church', probably signifying 'church on higher ground'. The place-name is first attested as 'Upmynster' in 1062, and appears as 'Upmunstra' in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Alice Perrers, mistress of King Edward III, was buried in the church or churchyard in 1400. There is no memorial to mark her grave.

The tower of St Laurence's was instrumental in the first accurate measurement of the speed of sound by Rev William Derham, who was also buried in the church or churchyard and who also has no memorial.

The churchyard contains war graves of six service personnel of World War II.[2]


  1. ^ "Church of St Laurence, St Mary's Lane, Upminster". Havering London Borough Council. 
  2. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report, details from casualty record.