ALL of 818 years ago on 11 June Henry de Grey, a Norman knight, acquired the Parish of Thurrock from King Richard the Lion Heart.
On Tuesday this year Thurrock Council marked the first step in the creation of a town named Grays with a Thurrock Heritage Plaque.
The plaque scheme is maintained by the council’s museum service maintaining and stimulating interest in the borough’s unique heritage.
The 13th plaque reflects on the arrival of Henry de Grey from France who settled here after his purchase of the parish, thus becoming Lord of the Manor.
His family continued to stay and the parish name became known as Grays Thurrock and the town simply as Grays.
The unveiling of the plaque was held at Grays Parish Church in the High Street and it is expected the plaque will be permanently placed nearby.