Randal Bingley, patron of
the Thurrock Local History Society and pre-eminent historian of
the Thurrock area died on the 11th August, 2014.
Randal was born on 23rd November, 1937. He came
to Thurrock from Surrey as Museum Assistant in
1966 after serving as Junior Lecturer with the
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was
appointed the Borough's first Curator in 1975 and
was editor of our journal 'Panorama' for ten
years. He contributed to periodicals such as
'Country Life', 'Farmers' Weekly' and 'Essex
Countryside' and was the author of several books
of family and social history such as Fobbing
- Life and Landscape and The
Nightingales were Singing - the diary of
Martha Randall of Heath Place, Orsett, 1858-61.
His last full length book was Behold
the Painful Plough: Country Life in West Tilbury,
Essex 1700 - 1850, although he continued to
contribute to Panorama up to his death.
After he retired, he pursued a lifelong
interest in Mesolithic and later Stone Age archaeology through
fieldwork along several local side-valleys of the
An obituary of Randal was published in
A full appreciation of Randal and his
contributions to the history of Thurrock, written by Jonathan
Catton, appeared in Panorama 53, which also contained memories
of Randal from many society members.
The Society will be re-publishing
a number of his articles on the web - click here.