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Grays Thurrock

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"THURROCK (GRAYS), a market-town and parish in the hundred of CHAFFORD, county of ESSEX, 22 miles (S. S. W.) from Chelmsford, and 20½ (E. by S.) from London, containing 742 inhabitants. The town, consisting of a single street irregularly built, is situated on the verge of the river Thames, from which branches a creek navigable for small craft: this river has a wharf on its northern bank, communicating with some limeworks by means of a railway. Bricks are here manufactured to some extent for the London builders, and are conveyed hence in barges. The market is on Thursday; and fairs for cattle and hardware are held on May 23rd and October 20th. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Essex, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £5. 0. 10., and in the patronage of the Master and Fellows of Pembroke College, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St: Peter and St. Paul. A free school, situated in the churchyard, was founded and endowed by William Palmer, in 1706, in which ten children are instructed, and four are clothed." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



  • Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911, which includes most copies held at the ERO, Wharf Rd, Chelmsford. More information on other ways to view these census returns on the Essex

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