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Langdon Hills - the home of early man

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Artefacts from the Stone Age residents of Thurrock have been found in most parts of the area. Langdon Hills has been particularly identified as a home of Mesolithic hunter gatherers. Whenever the ground at the summit is disturbed, stone age evidence emerges. Finds from this area include flint blades, stone axes and pot boilers as well as Neolithic arrow heads. The above picture is from the cover of Panorama 34.

The view from Langdon Hills in 1767 was described by Arthur Young :-
"…near Horndon, on the summit of a vast hill, one of the most astonishing prospects to be beheld, breaks almost at once upon one of the dark lanes. Such a prodigious valley, everywhere painted with the finest verdure, and intersected with numberless hedges and woods, appears beneath you, that it is past description; the Thames winding thro’ it, full of ships and bounded by the hills of Kent. Nothing can exceed it…"

The original parish church is now a private residence.

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