Celebrating Thurrock's Heritage

The Thurrock Local History Society published a Heritage Lottery funded booklet about people who have contributed to Thurrock’s heritage. Twelve of them are connected with Tilbury or Chadwell. All copies of the booklet have now been given away, but you can read the booklet on-line.

Those connected to Tilbury and Chadwell are:

  • Bernard de Gomme who designed Tilbury Fort
  • General Gordon who supervised the construction of Coalhouse Fort
  • The Temple Family who lived at Chadwell Place
  • Daniel Defoe had a tile factory in Tilbury
  • Lord Kitchener who was a Windrush passenger
  • Tomas Bata who chose East Tilbury for his shoe factory
  • Gunther Plaschow who escaped via Tilbury
  • St Cedd who built a church at Tilbury
  • Eileen Fowler who gave keep-fit classes at Bata
  • Samuel Pepys who drank at a tavern near the ferry
  • Elizabeth I who gave her speech at Tilbury
  • William Laud who was rector of West Tilbury


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