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Grays wharf overlooking the River Thames and Kent
Grays shown within Essex
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Grays (or Grays Thurrock) is the largest town in the borough and unitary authority of Thurrock in Essex and one of the Thurrock's traditional (Church of England) parishes. It is situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) to the east of London on the north bank of the River Thames, and near the M25 motorway.
Samuel Pepys famously recorded in his diary that he visited Grays on September 24, 1665 and apparently bought fish from the local fishermen. Parts of Grays and Chafford Hundred are set within three Victorian chalk pits; the largest two being the Lion Gorge, and the Warren Gorge. Another area of the Chafford Hundred residential development is built on a Victorian landfill site.
Origin of the name 
Thurrock is a Saxon name meaning "the bottom of a ship". The element "Grays" comes from Henry de Grai, a descendant of the Norman knight Anchetil de Greye, who was granted the manor of Grays Thurrock in 1195 by Richard I.
- Chadwell St Mary
- Chafford Hundred
- North Stifford
- South Ockendon
- South Stifford
- West Thurrock
Local sites of interest include the Thameside Theatre, the Thurrock History Museum, Grays Beach and the now-disused State Cinema (which was used as a location in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and for sections of Jamiroquai's video of "Deeper Underground" for the film Godzilla).
From the top of the Derby Road Bridge in Grays one can look down to Thurrock Yacht Club, Grays Beach children's playground and the River Thames where one can occasionally see large ships travelling up and down.
As well as Thurrock Yacht Club, Grays Beach is the site of the local landmark The Gull, a lightship built in 1860, which has lain on the foreshore for decades and is now in a serious state of dilapidation.
A team named Grays raced against the home team which was called Cambridge at Caxton Speedway near Cambridge on 10th September 1931. Grays featuring Lionel Loudon, Wal Evans, Bill Bailey, Alf Lloyd and Smiler Puncher lost
Notable people 
- Stuart Barnes
- Russell Brand
- Chris Cohen
- Danny Crates
- Mick Jackson
- Martin Litton
- Joe Pasquale
- Alfred Russel Wallace who lived at the Dell, College Avenue
- Sara Flower
- Phil Davis
- Moncrief, AR Hope; Bruhl, L Burleigh (1909). Esssex. Adam and Charles Black. p. 107.
- Thurrock Gazette
- PH Reaney, The Place-Names of Essex, (CUP, 1969)