Publications from the THURROCK LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY and other publishers


All of the following publications are available for study in the Local History Section of the Reference Library at the Central Library, Thameside Complex, Grays. If we have copies, they can also be posted to the UK or abroad at the price stated plus postage & packing as appropriate, by e-mailing It may also be possible to locate a Panorama mentioned on the website but not listed below. The cost would be £3 plus the appropriate postage & packing. We can also sometimes locate a copy of other publications about Thurrock local history.

Some publications about Thurrock's history are available from :- THURROCK MUSEUM BOOKSHOP, THAMESIDE COMPLEX, ORSETT ROAD, GRAYS, ESSEX, RM17 SDX. TEL. 01375 382555.

INDEX to PANORAMAS 21 to 30 (50p)

INDEX to PANORAMAS 31 to 40 (£1.00)

QUEEN ELIZABETH SLEPT HERE (1988) (£2.00) A description of the land and people of the Thurrock area at the time of the "Camp Royal" at West Tilbury and an account of the visit of Queen Elizabeth 1 on August 8th and 9th 1588. With many illustrations, some in colour. (40 pp, A5)

THE FIVE MINUTE CROSSING (2nd edition 1998) (£3.00) by John Ormston. The history of the Tilbury-Gravesend Ferry and its vessels. (49pp, A5) ISBN 0 9534479 0 1

THURROCK'S OWN RAILWAYS (1998) (2.95) by John Ormston. A detailed account of the light industrial railways of the Thurrock area. Illustrated with line drawings. (52 pp, A5)  ISBN 0 9533047 1 X


John Leyin. Lejins Publishing. 263 pp

ISBN 0-9528789-3-3 £14.99 (This book can be obtained through the Society)

John Leyin recounts the story of his 5 years in the Royal Armoured Corps, including his time in the Burma Campaign. This book includes not only the front line account but also the background from the military planners point of view. John Leyin now lives in retirement in Stanford le Hope.

EXPLORING THURROCK (2nd Edition 2008) (£7.00) An up-to-date guide to Thurrock from the view point of local history, describing many places of interest such as forts, picturesque villages, churches etc, including maps of each parish, travelling from west to east across the landscape. Illustrated with line drawings. (106 pp, A5) ISBN 978-0-9558352-1-6 - more details

The Thread of Identity (Amberley Publishing, £18.99) by Ronald Ram. Local communities in Essex over six hundred years explored through the history of the Ram family - more details

BOLDLY FROM THE MARSHES (1992) (£4.50) by Tony Benton. A history of the parish of Little Thurrock, the long, narrow parish stretching from the Thames to the 'high lands of Socketts Heath along its spine of Rectory Road and Blackshots Lane. (104pp, A5). (ISBN 0 9506141 3 0)

THE DOWNSTREAM DOCK (1986) (£1.50) by Rita Mclean. Tilbury Docks were opened in 1886 and this book tells the story of their construction and development until 1986. (30pp, A5)

SAFFRON, CIDER AND HONEY (1985) (£2.90) by W.M.Timworth. Seven walks through Horndon-on-the-Hill. (53pp, A5)

THE STORY OF ST CLEMENT'S (1992) (£3.00) by Christopher Harrold. Published by Procter and Gamble when they took this redundant parish church of West Thurrock into their care. (80pp, A5) ISBN 0 9520052 0 4

THE LONDON, TILBURY & SOUTHEND RAILWAY Volume 1 1836 - 1893 (1996) ISBN 1 899890 1 9 X and Volume 2 1893 - 1912 (1997) ISBN 1 899890 10 6 (each £9.95) by Peter Kay. A history of the Company and the Line with many maps and photographs. (each 72pp, A4)

THURROCK'S PAST: Echoes from a Place (1997) (£4.99) by Alan Leyin. In this book the author has brought alive many aspects of Thurrock's past by reference to contemporary writings of the famous, the infamous, as well as the now forgotten traveller through this local landscape. (90pp) ISBN 0 9528789 0 9

THURROCK GOES TO WAR (1997) (£7.99) by Roger Reynolds and Jonathan Catton. A comprehensive account of events in Thurrock during the Second World War. Contains over 120 photographs and a roll of honour of Thurrock's 507 civilian and service personnel who lost their lives. (190pp, A5) ISBN 0 948706 07 4

THURROCK - THE GREAT WAR (1998) (£5.99) by Roger Reynolds MVO. The story of the people of Thurrock during the Great War of 1914-18. A roll of honour of those who lost their lives during the war contains 1070 names. (143pp, A5) ISBN 0 948706 08 2

THE FINAL BERTH (1998) (£2.95) By John Ormston. Ship-breaking at Thos. W. Ward's Grays yard with a list of ships broken. (73pp, A5) ISBN 0 9533047 0 1

FOBBING; LIFE AND LANDSCAPE (1997) (£5.00) by Randal Bingley. A mine of fresh and astutely researched information through the past five centuries. With many photographs and line drawings. (261pp, A5) ISBN 0 9528789 1 7

THE NIGHTINGALES WERE SINGING: the Diary of Martha Randall of Orsett, 1858-61 (2000) (£9.99) by Randal Bingley. A delightful book in which the author plays shadow to the daily activities of a farmer's daughter during her four years' diary keeping. He has managed to identify most of the - nearly 200 - contemporary people about whom she speaks, frequently by mere initials, and leads the reader through her times with a sure hand. With many line drawings. (258pp, A5) ISBN 0 9506141 5 7

Behold the Painful Plough - Country Life in West Tilbury 1750 - 1900 by Randal Bingley (Thurrock Unitary Council Museum Service, £10) Randal Bingley's latest book on Thurrock local history - more details

Three local history booklets have been published during 2007 and 2008 - more details.

This page was last updated on 4 January 2024