Little Thurrock

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Little Thurrock
Little Thurrock is located in Essex
Little Thurrock
Little Thurrock
Location within Essex
OS grid referenceTQ625795
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGRAYS
Postcode districtRM
Dialling code01375
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°29′28″N 0°20′21″E / 51.491098°N 0.339296°E / 51.491098; 0.339296Coordinates: 51°29′28″N 0°20′21″E / 51.491098°N 0.339296°E / 51.491098; 0.339296

Little Thurrock is a ward and Church of England parish in the unitary authority of Thurrock, Essex.


Little Thurrock is on the north bank of the river Thames, about 25 miles (40 km) east of London. It was originally a separate settlement, but housing and other developments in the 20th century have resulted in a continuous built up area with Grays Thurrock.

Hangman's Wood is a small wooded areas in the parish. Hangman's Wood is well known for containing numerous deneholes which were sometimes known as Cunobeline's gold mines.[1] The origin of these deneholes is discussed by Tony Benton who concludes they were the result of chalk extraction.[2] The deneholes are an important roosting site for rare bats.

Geology and Ecology[edit]

The southern part of Little Thurrock was formerly a tidal saltmarsh. The higher, northern area is part of a 100 feet (30 m) terrace extending for some miles east and west – a rich source of both gravel and chalk deposits which have been extracted for centuries.[3] The gravel workings include the Globe Pit which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the location of many archaeological finds from the Clactonian period. Around Hangman's Wood and Terrel's Heath, there is little trace of the heathland habitat and associated fauna which would once have been characteristic of the area but the adjacent woodland together with the pond and wild life garden in Woodside Primary School attract a number of creatures. These include green and great spotted woodpeckers, a number of different mammals and the rare great crested newt. The trees on Terrel's Heath are mainly oaks with wild bluebells in spring time.


Parish Church[edit]

The parish church is dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. The original building probably dates from 1170.[2] The church was extensively "restored" in Victorian times.[4]

Origin of name[edit]

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


Little Thurrock has a number of schools, including Woodside Academy, a campus of Thurrock Special School and the Thurrock campus of South Essex College. Torrel's School was closed and later re-opened and is now known as The Gateway Academy, with a new site on Marshfoot Road in Chadwell St Mary.[citation needed]

Woodside Academy[edit]

Woodside Academy admits up to 90 children a year. There are two part time nursery classes, each for up to 30 children; one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and a breakfast club and after school club giving extended provision from 7.15 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. The school is responsible for admissions to the nursery classes while Thurrock Council deals with admissions for the rest of the school.[6] Children can start in the reception class in September of the year they are five and at the same time in one of the nursery classes a year earlier. Children need to be 3 years old, at the beginning of the term, to start in the nursery.

With a long established sporting tradition in recent years the school has developed matching provision in the arts and children have regular opportunities to work with professionals from the arts world. Projects have included Chance to Dance with the Royal Ballet, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra workshops, the creation of a totem pole with stoneware faces with Hazle Ceramics, The National Gallery Take one Picture projects, Batik wall hangings with textile artist Louise Knight and the construction of a living willow dome. All children in year 3 are currently learning orchestral strings and a number of children take private lessons on strings, wind, keyboard or guitar. Last year infant children were involved in a Creative Partnership with arts professionals to improve their writing skills through video scripting and this year a similar project is underway in year 5. In February 2010, the school won the South Essex Girls' 7 a side football competition.[7]

The school was graded as "good" by Ofsted in 2004, 2008[8] and as "good with outstanding features" in 2010.[citation needed] It has achieved a number of independently awarded quality marks. These include Investors in People,[citation needed] the Arts Mark Gold,[9] Ormiston Education's Every Child Matters Quality Mark Gold,[10] Quality in Study Support, the Financial Management Standard in Schools, Healthy Schools, The Active Mark and its local replacement, Thurrock Gold award, the Sustrans Bike It award and two Department for Education and Skills School Achievement Awards.[citation needed] The school also has entry level recognition for the International School Award and Eco Schools silver.[citation needed]

Local politics[edit]

There are two wards that cover Little Thurrock – Rectory Ward and Blackshots Ward. Little Thurrock now has a new Conservative Councillor Tom Kelly. All other Councillors are Conservative.

Little Thurrock – Rectory[edit]

Little Thurrock – Blackshots[edit]

  • Benjamin Richard Maney (elected 6 May 2010)[12]
  • Joycelyn Redsell (elected 1 May 2008)[12]

Local and European Elections - 23rd May 2019

Community Forum – Est. 2003[edit]

Little Thurrock Forum (Rectory Ward)

Working in partnership with Residents / Thurrock Council and Essex Police.

Specialist meetings: Held at Tyrrells Hall WMC Plus Thurrock Park Residents Assn. Current Administrator: Vincent Offord

Stifford Community Forum (Blackshots Ward)

See Stifford Community Forum Website


Pubs & clubs

Bull Public House – Dock Road / Oaks Public House – Lodge Lane / Tyrrell's Hall – WMC (CIU Club) – Dock Road / RAFA Club – Southend Road

Shopping areas

Broadway / Southend Road / Lodge Lane(Socketts Heath)

Post Offices

Little Thurrock - Dock Road

Socketts Heath - Parade, Lodge Lane

Local parks / play areas

Delafield / Rookery / Dipping / Blackshots / Hangman's Woods


  1. ^ Thomas Wright, The picturesque beauties of Great Britain
  2. ^ a b Tony Benton, Boldly from the marshes (Thurrock Museum, 1991)
  3. ^ South Essex: landscape and memory
  4. ^ Nikolas Pevsner, The Buildings of Essex (Penguin, 2nd edition reprinted 1996),
  5. ^ PH Reaney, The Place-Names of Essex, (CUP, 1969)
  6. ^ Primary Education in Thurrock 2010 Thurrock Council
  7. ^ "County Winners Move on to Regional Finals". Essex FA. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  8. ^ Thurrock Council news Archived 8 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Arts Council database Archived 14 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Woodside wins gold and silver awards". Thurrock Gazette. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  11. ^ a b Thurrock Council Archived 23 October 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ a b Thurrock Council Archived 12 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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