Vote for new Thurrock Heritage Plaques

Vote for new Thurrock Heritage Plaques

New Thurrock Heritage Plaques As part of the Thurrock Local History Society’s HLF funded project, there will be new Thurrock Heritage plaques voted for by the public. An extensive “long list” of possible candidates nominated by various individuals, was whittled down to a short list of five by a panel of three people – Hazel […]

Thurrock Local History Society: Gardens in Essex

Thurrock Local History Society: Gardens in Essex

Thurrock Local History Society Gardens in Essex by Linda Holdaway AT our March meeting we had a delightful talk by Linda Holdaway about the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Volunteers recruit gardeners to open up their plots to the general public in aid of various charities. The scheme was formed 91 years ago and there are […]

The Russian Spy who loved Thurrock

BACK in 1985, the Thurrock Gazette reported on this fascinating news item. In some ways, it harks back to another time and in other ways, has clear links with the news at present. “A RUSSIAN Shipping Boss and friend of the Mayor of Thurrock has been accused of being a Russian spy by a man […]

Be part of the Tilbury Cruise Terminal story

Be part of the Tilbury Cruise Terminal story

LAYING THE KEEL WORKSHOPS Be part of the Tilbury Cruise Terminal story: Celebrating the Past, Imagining the Future. Join for a series of workshops organised by Kinetika and the Tilbury on the Thames Trust, and funded by the HLF ‘Resilient Heritage’ grant programme to shape the long term plans for Tilbury Cruise Terminal and the […]

Thurrock Local History Society: Curious Essex

Thurrock Local History Society: Curious Essex

Thurrock Local History Society 15 January 2018 – Curious Essex by Susan Yates Report by Norma Leach WE began the year with an illustrated talk on Essex Curiosities by our Chairman, Susan Yates, with sad and hilarious stories. In April 1884 the most devastating earthquake in 400 years took place at Colchester, most of the […]

Thurrock Local History Society: December meeting

Thurrock Local History Society: December meeting

Thurrock Local History Society 15 December 2017 – Christmas meeting Report by Nicola Leach Our December meeting celebrated the Society’s 65th anniversary. Our Christmas party went with a swing when the local singing duo Sentimental Journey provided the entertainment. Members joined in the singing and some even danced in the aisles. There was good food […]

The A-Z of Thurrock History

The A-Z of Thurrock History

Thurrock Local History Society A-Z of Thurrock History by Kevin Diver By Norma Leach AT our November meeting we were taken on an A-Z history tour of Thurrock by local historian Kevin Diver. He started at Aveley where a mammoth was discovered in 1964. This was followed by various bridges, including the WW1 pontoon bridge […]

Horndon-on-the-Hill war memorial given heritage listing

Horndon-on-the-Hill war memorial given heritage listing

EAST OF ENGLAND WAR MEMORIALS LISTED   The East of England’s war memorials are among hundreds listed over the last year through Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018, marking the centenary of the First World War. Built by communities in the years following the conflict, these memorials are a poignant, physical reminder […]

Purfleet pays tribute to those who gave their lives

Purfleet pays tribute to those who gave their lives

PEOPLE of Purfleet as well as local dignitaries turned out to remember those who gave their lives in conflicts. The mayor of Thurrock, cllr Tunde Ojetola, former Thurrock MP, Andrew Mackinlay, the leader of the Thurrock Labour group, cllr Oliver Gerrish were present as people mustered at the Purfleet Heritage Centre before walking to St […]

Thurrock Local History Society: October meeting

Thurrock Local History Society:  October meeting

Thurrock Local History Society 21 October 2017 The Poor Law – how we treated our poor, by Martyn Lockwood At our October meeting ex policeman Martyn Lockwood enlightened us on how we have treated the poor in the past. The Reformation in 1534 meant that the poor could no longer receive help from the monasteries […]

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