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The entrance to the village of Bulphan
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Bulphan is a village in the borough of Thurrock in the East of England and one of the traditional (Church of England) parishes in Thurrock. It is pronounced 'Bull-ven' though newcomers often mispronounce it as 'Bul-fan'.
Bulphan forms part of the Orsett ward of Thurrock Council, and is part of the South Basildon and East Thurrock parliamentary constituency. It is located 21 miles (34 km) east north-east of Charing Cross in London. The Upminster post town forms a long, thin protrusion eastwards over the M25 motorway and the Greater London boundary in order to include the village.
The main features of Bulphan are the Bulphan Village Hall and Park, St Mary The Virgin Church, and Bulphan Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. The church is a grade I listed building.
Bulphan used to have a village shop but it closed down in 2012. However a new community-run shop and post office will be opening soon next to the Village Hall.
Bulphan has two bus services: the 265, which runs Monday to Saturday between Grays and West Horndon and the 565 to Brentwood Station via West Horndon (6 times per day, Monday to Saturday). School buses run to Shenfield School and Sockets Heath. The nearest railway station is three miles away.
Primary education has been provided by the Bulphan Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School since 1853. Located on Fen lane, it educates around 84 pupils.
- Charles Littlehales (1871-1945), cricketer and clergyman
- Jim Davidson (1953-), comedian
- Tony Cottee (1965-), footballer and commentator
- Mick Norcross, reality TV performer, has developed property in Bulphan.
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