Old Images of Thurrock, Essex

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Old picture of West Thurrock Essex England published 1770 to 1790

Glimpse the past through old images of Thurrock, the seaport and unitary authority in the geographic and historic county of Essex, England.

This page shows images from places identifies as Thurrock. However, I’ve also created more pages about the different settlements in the area, which are the clickable entries on this list of places in the borough:

  • Aveley
    Bulphan
    Chadwell St Mary
    Chafford Hundred
    Corringham
    Coryton Refinery
    East Tilbury
    Fobbing
  • Grays
    Horndon-on-the-Hill
    Linford
    Little Thurrock
    Mucking
    Orsett
    Purfleet-on-Thames
    Shell Haven


1960s Flamenco Festival

In the 1960s, Thurrock Arts Council held a presentation of Rafael de Sevilla’s Spanish Fiesta. The flamenco performances started at 7.15pm on Saturday, 20th February.

1960’s 8mm Cine Film “Flamenco in Thurrock” www.DaveEldergill.org – Dave Eldergill on YouTube


1970s Quarry Development

In the 1970s, John Stapleton reported on the proposals to convert cement quarries into land for housing, shops and parks.

It was the start of the movement we now know as ‘brownfield development’, and features an interview with Britain’s first Wasteland Reclamation Officer.

A local authority officer and a Conservative councillor also speak about their hopes and fears over this development project.

Thurrock: Refill Quarries (1970-1979) – British Pathé on YouTube


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By Debbie Death

I love learning about history, and for the past 30 years have enjoyed books, films, and documentaries on the topic. On days off from work my favourite destination with friends and family are museums, historic buildings, and archaeological sites, or just walking around interesting streets with old buildings to admire.