THE third year of the Thurrock 100 walking festival started last Friday 7th July in Horndon on the Hill and built to a well- attended finale on Sunday 9th July at Coalhouse Fort which provided the perfect natural amphitheatre.
ON Sunday 4th June, the British army will take up garrison duty in Tilbury Fort, Tilbury, for the first time since the fort was de-commissioned in the 1950s
Thurrock Local History Society wins National Lottery support The Thurrock Local History Society has received £9,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, “Celebrating the people who have contributed to Thurrock’s rich heritage”. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project highlights the people, places and events that are […]
FOR one week only, the Thurrock Historic Volunteers will be showcasing a unique exhibition focusing on Queen Victoria in the Thameside Gallery in Grays.
A GROUP from Grays RAFA (Royal Air Force Association) went to Runnymede RAF memorial to join other personnel and high ranking persons from across the Royal Air Force with Commonwealth representatives and other veterans on Sunday 7th May to remember the loss of life of airmen and women from across the Commonwealth that have no […]
Thurrock Local History Society 19 May 2017 The History of Tilbury Fort by Kevin Diver For our last lecture of the season local historian Kevin Diver gave us a detailed and interesting illustrated history of Tilbury Fort. Henry VIII’s Tudor Block House at Tilbury was built c1539 – one of five erected at the mouth […]
APART from Monday’s dispute of the transport workers, Tilbury has been in the throes of another little labour trouble, the girls of the Tilbury Laundry Company coming out on strike for an increased war bonus.
A PLAQUE in memory of author and historian, Jonathan Catton, was unveiled last week (Wednesday 3 May) at a closed memorial ceremony at The Thameside Complex in Grays.
Report by The Thurrock History Society At our AGM chairman Susan Yates reported that our membership had been maintained, we had received a lottery grant to enable us to have a marquee at the Orsett Show this September and members had enjoyed various speakers and outings throughout the year. All officers and committee members were […]
DESPITE setbacks caused by the arson attack on East Tilbury library in early January, the Bata Heritage Centre volunteers will open the doors of East Tilbury Scout Group’s hall
IT IS the ending of a chapter and the beginning of a new one. On Saturday, Aveley FC played their last Saturday game at Aveley FC.
Philip Edgar took us on a nostalgic trip of Grays via his photographic collection. Originally Grays was a small port with brickworks and a brewery.
WOMEN AND MANUAL LABOUR Colonel Whitmore is a considerable figure in South-East Essex, and his statement about women labour in France, some ploughing with three horses and others loading a muck cart as high as any in Essex are laden, is certain to claim considerable attention, as also his belief, that such work has got […]
Thurrock Local History Society Lecture 24 February 2017 Jack the Ripper by Susan Yates At our February meeting our Chairman Susan Yates gave us a riveting illustrated lecture on Jack the Ripper. The murders took place in Whitechapel over a three month period in 1888. It was a scary time in east London where the […]
SUPPORTED by the Heritage Lottery Fund and organised by Thurrock Council’s Museum Volunteers, this event recognises and celebrates the vital role of the Kynoch Explosives Factory during the Great War.
FASCINATING TALK on Tilbury’s association with Gravesend railways.
Thurrock Local History Society lecture 20 January 2017 My life as a theatrical costumier by Ann Hardy The Society welcomed back Ann Hardy for our January lecture. Ann had always wanted to be a dressmaker, following her mother, and completed a four year apprenticeship with Marshall & Snelgrove who made bespoke clothing, nowadays only made […]
A veteran soldier is on a mission to trace the family of a man from Tilbury, who fought in a town on the Dutch-German border during the Second World War. Jeff Haward, 97, saw action throughout the war as a machine gunner with the Middlesex Regiment. He was posted to Dunkirk, El Alamein and Normandy. […]
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LOCAL champions for Thurrock’s heritage industry have joined forces to launch a new police initiative for the town aimed at protecting the past.
THURROCK will again be marking International Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday 27 January at the High View Avenue Memorial Gardens in Grays.
‘MAKING More Memories’ project connects local volunteers with older people living in Thurrock’s care homes who would benefit from talking to someone about their early memories.
LOTTERY funding has been awarded to help improve historically-significant landscape in Thurrock and neighbouring boroughs on the borders of east London and south-west Essex.
COME down to the Thameside Theatre and find out more about a fascinating period in Thurrock’s history.