A BBC programme that will look at the art of the gothic in England will focus on Thurrock.
Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how a group of 19th-century architects and artists spurned the modern age and turned to Britain’s medieval past to create iconic works and buildings.
Mr Graham-Dixon visited Purfleet and Stanford-le-Hope as part of his programme.
Stanford-le-Hope was the home to writer Joseph Conrad and Purfleet was visited and referred to in Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.
One of the contributors to the programme was Thurrock historian, Jonathan Catton.