Local History Society has produced a new edition
of Exploring Thurrock. This edition has
been expanded to 114 pages and takes account of
recent changes such as the Queen Elizabeth II
Bridge, the sad loss of Orsett Hall and the
building of the Gateway Academy.
Putting this new edition together
has been a collaborative effort involving many of
the society members who visited all parts of
Thurrock to check on changes since the last
edition was published more than ten years ago.
Their contributions have been brought together by
Christopher Harrold, one of the society's patrons.
also includes a short history of Thurrock written
by Jonathan Catton, from the Thurrock Museum.
Important, but little known
Thurrock people in the book include the Rev John
Pell who invented the division sign in
mathematics and the Sturgeon family who bought
the royal flock of Merino sheep on the death of
It contains line drawings
showing many of the things you can see as you
walk around Thurrock or visit its historic sites.
Drawings include the Watergate at Tilbury Fort,
the statue of Thomas Bata and the scratch dial on