Exploring Thurrock

  Edited by Christopher Harrold
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Thurrock 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.

Exploring Thurrock 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 George III.

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 Orsett church.

Each of the traditional parishes in Thurrock has its own entry and the book contains a wealth of information about the history, buildings and people of the borough. The book also has an extensive index as well as 6 maps showing the location of the sites being described.

This edition of Exploring Thurrock was launched on the 5th December, 2008 at the Thurrock Museum. Guests included the Mayor of Thurrock and patrons of the society. It was reviewed by the British Association for Local History and discussed in a local blog.

This publication is available at the society meetings, priced at 6.00 for members and 7.00 for non- members. For more information or to order your own copy, you can e-mail publications@thurrock-history.org.uk.

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