West Thurrock

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West Thurrock
St Clements Thurrock.jpg
St Clements Church
West Thurrock is located in Essex
West Thurrock
West Thurrock
 West Thurrock shown within Essex
Population 7,795 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference TQ585785
Unitary authority Thurrock
Ceremonial county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRAYS
Postcode district RM20
Dialling code 01708
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Thurrock
List of places
UK
England
Essex

Coordinates: 51°29′01″N 0°16′55″E / 51.4836°N 0.2820°E / 51.4836; 0.2820

West Thurrock is a traditional Church of England parish and town in Thurrock, Essex, England, located 17.5 miles (28.1 km) east south-east of Charing Cross, London.

Location[edit]

West Thurrock is part of the unitary authority of Thurrock located on the north bank of the River Thames about 17 miles (27 km) from Charing Cross, London.

Nearest places:

Nearest stations:

Industry[edit]

Procter & Gamble works

Industry along the Thames includes a Unilever chilled distribution centre for all its chilled food products including Flora, Bertolli, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Stork, Peperami and AdeZ. A Procter & Gamble (originally Hedley's) plant manufactures detergents and soaps.[1]

The large coal-burning West Thurrock Power Station closed in 1993, and was replaced by a plant making industrial chemicals, particularly the raw materials for detergent manufacture. The 190 metre tall electricity pylons of 380kV Thames Crossing, the tallest electricity pylons in UK, remain. Just upstream of the pylons the tunnel of High Speed 1 passes under the Thames.

West Thurrock was formerly the site of a large chalk quarrying and cement making industry, today represented only by the works of Lafarge below the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. A new plant for the production of aluminous cement was completed in 2003.[2]

Buildings[edit]

Belmont Castle seen from the River Thames circa 1830

West Thurrock is the location of the Lakeside Shopping Centre.

The parish church (now redundant) was used for the funeral in the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral".

Belmont Castle, England, a neo-Gothic mansion, was built in West Thurrock in 1795[3] but was demolished in 1943 to make way for a chalk quarry.[4]

Origin of the name[edit]

Thurrock is a Saxon name meaning "the bottom of a ship".[5] West Thurrock is one of three "Thurrocks", the others being Little Thurrock and Grays Thurrock.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Thurrock". Victoria County A History of the County of Essex: Volume 8 (1983), pp. 57-74. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "New Mill Building for Lafarge - West Thurrock". Wright Engineering. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Hughson, David, London; being an accurate history and description of the British metropolis and its neighbourhood: to thirty miles extent, from an actual perambulation, Volume 6, J. Stratford, 1809, p. 210
  4. ^ Carney, T. J., "A Picturesque Object", the story of Belmont Castle, Grays, originally published in Panorama, No. 28, Thurrock Local History Society, 1986
  5. ^ PH Reaney, The Place-Names of Essex, (CUP, 1969)

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