Udney Park Playing Fields and Pavilion (former)

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Reference WMO/223923

Address:

Udney Park

Teddington

TW11 9HN

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Park
Materials:
  • Brick Brick
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: There is no legal definition of a war memorial. This means there can be some debate as to whether something is a war memorial or not. If you go to the What is a war memorial page accessed via the About us section of the website (link on the menu at the top of this page) this provides more detail. There is not necessarily a right or wrong answer as people will feel differently. Ultimately decisions about what happens to a war memorial are made by the owner/custodians but War Memorials Trust would always encourage community involvement especially in cases where the war memorial was funded by public donations. As War Memorials Online is a website reliant on people adding records it will include war memorials which are debated as those who feel they are will add them. War Memorials Trust will remove records where appropriate or edit the record, such as we have done in this case, to highlight when there is debate. This addresses a potential cycle of records being removed then added again. Any changes to a locked record will require evidence so if you feel details are wrong on locked records please contact the Trust with the evidence and we can make changes. We will not make changes based on opinion or a verbal request as we like it to be based on evidence. Udney Park War Memorial Playing Fields were originally established as a war memorial and recreation ground for orphans of the Merchant Taylors school in c1919-1922. The war memorial pavilion was designed by Reeves and Schooling c1924. When the school relocated c1935 the war memorial inscriptions and name boards were relocated. Many feel this means it is no longer a war memorial, including the school. Others however feel that the playing fields retain a war memorial function ashtye were dedicated as such. In 1938 the Playing Fields were donated by Lord Beaverbrook for the 'playing of amateur rugby' in perpetuity, principally for the students of St Mary's Hospital Medical School. Inside the pavilion memorials were added for notable St Mary's alumni that gave their lives in Service in World War II, which have been relocated. The site is currently privately owned . It has previously been owned by Imperial College, who bought it off St Mary’s Paddington Hospital.
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