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Chalk pits[edit]

What on earth is this?

The Grays and Chafford Hundred areas are set within three Victorian chalk pits

The area is dotted with chalk pits, perhaps, but it most certainly not "within" chalk pits. The three pits mentioned sit between Grays and Chafford. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:03, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Chafford Hundred is certainly entirely in reclaimed quarries. I had the misfortune to grow up in Grays in the 1950s, and there were huge abandoned chalk pits lining Hogg Lane, which stood like the great wall of china at the original natural elevation. I remember the GPO sorting office sliding slowly into one on a rainy saturday night, ending up several feet lower and at an angle. Goto and check for yourself.

You can see the 'cliff-face' at or or

Basically everything south of the old A13 (Stifford arterial) between Hogg Lane and where the M25 runs was a pit - divided by land ownership patterns. The western end still housed cement works when I were a lad, decorating grays or purfleet with fine grey dust depending on the wind direction.

There was another from Hogg lane to behind the new library built in the 1960s, and also iin whitehall lane. The Parade on Lodge Lane was at the natural height: just behind it was a smaller pit. There are more clues at (though that doesn't cover the pits now called Chafford Hundred) or

--Robert EA Harvey (talk) 20:40, 27 August 2013 (UTC)--Robert EA Harvey (talk) 20:40, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Population query[edit]

Which wards do Grays cover? To get the current population, i added together two of Grays wards. Population from Thurrock Council, Census 2001. Simply south 12:31, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

The wards would be Grays Riverside, Grays Thurrock, Little Thurrock Blackshots, Little Thurrock Rectory and Stifford Clays. All the purple ones (7,8,9,10 and 16) on this Thurrock Wards map. Jimbo online 22:30, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

Famous People[edit]

Fatima Whitbread lives in Grays, why does she keep getting deleted? Jimbo online 22:37, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

As far as I know, Fatima Whitbread does not live in Grays, but if you have a reliable source to the contrary, please post it. She spent her teenage years in Chadwell St Mary. Rjm at sleepers 08:27, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

I saw Fatima Whitbread at Marks & sparks in lakeside last week so she defently lives in the area :P —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:19, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

I understand that her adopted mother still lives in the area, so it is possible that she will be seen at Lakeside while visiting. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rjm at sleepers (talkcontribs) 09:51, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Laura Whitmore was born in Ireland, not Grays and as far as I can ascertain, has no links with the area at all. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:15, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

The Gull[edit]

When I was a youngster I recall the lightship being the HQ of the Yacht Club. See and

The fate of the Gull reminds me why I left Thurrock as soon as I was old enough.--Robert EA Harvey (talk) 19:40, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

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