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The Society usually meets on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Meetings are held at Thurrock Adult Community College, Richmond Road, Grays Thurrock, Essex, RM17 6DN.
All meetings begin at 8.00 pm
unless indicated otherwise.
Most talks are illustrated and there is a break for refreshments.

Membership Subscriptions: Adults - 15.00, Students - 4.00, Under age 16 - free, Visitors (per meeting) - 2.00
Visitors are very welcome at all meetings.

PROGRAMME OF WINTER MEETINGS, 2018 - 2019 is now completed. The programme for 2019 - 2020 will be posted in due course.


Friday, 21st September      My time on the beat - when policemen had Feet by Peter Lazell

Friday 19th October           Coalhouse Fort WW2 - the story of the Wrens and Naval Detachment by Kevin Diver

Friday, 16th November       Essex Nurse on the Front Line by Tim Luard

Friday, 14th December      Christmas meeting and Social

Friday, 18th January          The Great War - a review by Brett Goodyear

Friday, 15th February         Ghosts and Graves in Barking and Dagenham by Linda Rhodes

Friday 15th March              Belhus and the Barrett Lennards by Susan Yates

Friday, 26th April               The Annual General Meeting followed by  DNA - what can it tell us? by John Matthews                               

Friday, 17th May                The Tilbury on Thames Trust and Restoring Tilbury Riverside Station by Scott Sullivan and Susan Yates






Information about previous years society meetings: 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009, 2007-2008, 2006-2007, 2005-2006, 2004-2005, 2003-2004, 2002-2003, 2001-2002

We held three outings in the summer of 2016 - details here. Previous outings - to the Globe Theatre in April 2010, Cambridge in June 2010 and to PortsmouthBletchley Park, Dover, Waltham Abbey and Eltham Palace.

See the society at the Orsett Show and learn about our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

The society supported the Essex History Fair - see us in 2004.

Thurrock Heritage Forum

The Forum's basic aims and objectives:

- To inform and assist Thurrock Council on heritage matters.

- To encourage the safeguarding and preservation of Thurrock Heritage for the public benefit.

- To facilitate communication and involvement for all on local heritage projects.

- To promote the wider understanding of Thurrock's Heritage.

- To uphold and maintain accuracy of information of Thurrock's local History.

The Forum welcomes new members.



Admission charges for normal open days

Adults (aged 16 to 60) 3.00

Adults aged 60 or over 2.50

Children under 16 years (must be accompanied by an adult) - No charge

Public admission to certain parts of the fort is only possible as part of a guided tour, the cost of which is included in the admission charge.

There is no reduction in admission charge for visitors not wanting to join a guided tour.

For more information see:

Website: www.coalhousefort.co.uk


The church of All Saints stands on rising ground overlooking the Thames plain at the junction of the London to Southend and Brentwood to Tilbury roads. The chancel, nave, tower, north and south transepts and north chapel date from the last quarter of the 15th century built almost entirely of red brick. The south chapel and porch were added during the first quarter of the succeeding century. An interesting and possibly unique feature of the church is the pair of two-storeyed transepts supposed to have been the living quarters of chantry priests. The church has been associated with the Tyrell family since the 14th century.

The All Saints Society was dissolved on 31st December 2009. The church is in the care of a national charity, The Churches Conservation Trust, who are assisted locally by the Friends of East Horndon Church. Volunteers are always needed to help look after this unique structure.

The church is open every Saturday from May to September inclusive from 1030-1530.

More information may be obtained from


Tilbury Fort is open daily, 10 am-5 pm 1st April to 31st October.
Thursday to Monday, 10.00 am - 4 pm through the winter.
Admission: Adults 3.50, Concessions: 2.60, Child 1.80, Family 8.80.

For more information ring 01375 858489


Davy Down is situated in Pilgrims Lane, North Stifford. Grid Ref. 803588 - OS Landranger sheet 177

The information centre is housed in the Pumping Station Buildings built in 1928 to house large diesel engines which provided the power to extract water from a 150 ft borehole in the chalk below.

Davy Down acts as the gateway to the Mardyke Way, part of the Thames Chase Community Forest.
The Mardyke Way is a10 km multi-user path that runs from Ship Lane Aveley up to Bulphan.

For more information click here: www.davydown.org.uk

Car Park – Tea Bar – Shop – Wheelchair Friendly - Picnic by The River of Thames  

Opening times are: 
1st November to 31st March: Thursdays and Sundays 10.00 am – 3.00pm.
1st April to 31st October: Thursdays and Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00 am – 4.30pm

Telephone number during opening times 01708 890874
For group bookings and out of hours 07751099352 – 07933099961 – 017080523409 email:
Admissions: Adult 3.00 – Child 1.50 – Concession's 2.50

Web site: www.purfleet-heritage.com


The Group meets on Friday, once a month at Grays Adult Community College, Bridge Rd., Grays at 8 pm.

Further information ring 01375 850881 or 01375 672973  or e-mail Phil Lobley phil.lobley@blueyonder.co.uk


A world war II aircraft reclamation group located at Coalhouse Fort.

Website: www.aviationmuseum.co.uk


This page was last updated on 24 May 2019

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