Famous people and places of historical interest in Thurrock


The history of Thurrock is rich and varied, and the following pages show only a glimpse of some of the noteworthy events, people and places that have influenced the development of our area, events which have in some cases been triggered by circumstances of national importance, for example Queen Elizabeth I's famous speech, the building of Tilbury & Coalhouse Forts and the garrison at Purfleet. The commemorative plaques scheme will mark many famous people, organisations or events associated with Thurrock. In addition to the people and places on this page, many more are mentioned in the society's publication - Exploring Thurrock.

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    Places                       Churches      Other buildings

 Sir Hugh Dacre Barrett-Lennard

 Herbert Brooks 

 St Cedd    

 Joseph Conrad    

 Daniel Defoe     

 Alice Diehl    

 Elizabeth I    

 Eileen Fowler                 

 Elizabeth Lawler   

 Kate Evelyn Luard              

 John Newton

 William Palin      

 William Palmer

 Gunther Pluschow

 The Seabrooke Family

 Gordon Charles Steele VC

 The Sturgeon Family

 Philip Vincent 

 Alfred Russel Wallace  

 Col. Sir Francis Whitmore


Bata factory and planned village



Grays Beach

Grays High Street 

A day in Grays

Langdon Hills        



The River Thames

Stifford Clays Estate

The South Essex Marshes

West Tilbury   

The Mardyke          

St Michael's, Aveley



St Catherine's,
East Tilbury

St John's, Mucking

St Michael's

St Clement's West Thurrock

St Margaret,
Stanford le Hope

St Mary's, Chadwell   

St Mary's,
North Stifford 

St Mary's, Little Thurrock

St Nicholas',
South Ockendon

St Peter and St Paul, Grays

St Peter and St Paul,
Horndon on the Hill

St James, West Tilbury

St Giles and All Saints

St Mary and All Saints
Langdon Hills

Belhus Mansion     

Biggin Farmhouse  

Bishop Bonner's Palace  

Coalhouse Fort 

Condovers, West Tilbury

The Dell, Grays

Dovecot at Purfleet

Great Garlands

The Gull

High House

Horndon Woolmarket   

Orsett Hall

Sleeper's Farm

S Ockendon Windmill     

State Cinema      

Tilbury Fort

Ford Place

Thurrock's Windmills

Tilbury Cruise Terminal



Thurrock in 1777 - the Chapman and Andre map.

Information for   researching local and family history in Thurrock

A new project - Tilbury and Chadwell Memories

There is a glossary of terms used in church architecture here.

How well do you know the recent history
of Thurrock? Try our old news quiz .

What's in a name?   - The meaning and derivation of
Thurrock place-names.

Thurrock history on radio and TV


This page was last updated on 26 January 2022