Upminster Common still remains a relatively unspoilt and popular part of the
countryside, within reach of the suburban Upminster and other local areas. For thus we
have to thank Edward Luther and other residents whose fierce campaigne in 1950 to save the
common overturne the Essex County Council's plans to enclose it for agricultural purposes.
Upminster Common and forge in the early 1930s. Arthur Prentice was the smith at the
forgein the 1920s and 1930s, providing a useful service to local farmers. the distance
from the village also led to the community's own chapel being built in Hall Lane and attepmts to run their own school.
By: Tony Benton