Memory Lane Down Memory Lane is brought to you by Jonathan Catton, curator of Thurrock Museum. Contact him at jcatton@thurrock.gov.uk

Thurrock Ramblers took first steps 30 years ago

Thurrock Gazette: thurrock ramblers

10:48am Friday 21st March 2014

This week in Down Memory Lane I reflect on “rambling”, specifically the Thurrock Group Ramblers Association’s formation 30 years ago.

How the head tried to save his burning school

Thurrock Gazette: Pupils stand and watch as firemen check out the burnt out roof

9:14am Friday 13th December 2013

In Down Memory Lane this week, we look back 60 years to an exciting school day in Horndon.

How the unions used to protect railwaymen

12:03pm Thursday 24th October 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit Tilbury Town and look at its links to the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway.

Thurrock link to fallen soldier found in Malta

Thurrock Gazette: The gravestone in Malta

12:11pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I reflect on a chance discovery of a Thurrock soldier in “some corner of a foreign field” (Rubert Brooke – The Soldier).

Port bid failed, years before London Gateway

3:11pm Thursday 10th October 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I reflect on the first Thames Haven Dock, after I saw for the first time last week a large container ship docked on the quay of the London Gateway superport in Stanford-le-Hope.

Book highlights training ship lessons

Thurrock Gazette: Youngsters work on the training ship

11:22am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I feature a new local history book about to be published at Thurrock Museum.

Memorials popped up everywhere after war

Thurrock Gazette: The unveiling of the Stanford war memorial

11:31am Wednesday 25th September 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look at the aftermath of the Great War.

The many different guises of our market

Thurrock Gazette: The market back in the 1950s

12:21pm Wednesday 18th September 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit Grays Market in the 1950s.

Finding out more about the Great War

Thurrock Gazette: Territorial soldiers on inspection

1:07pm Wednesday 11th September 2013

THIS week in Down Memory lane we start a series of First World War themes which we hope to carry on for some time to come.

How the show has changed in 60 years

Thurrock Gazette: The Orsett Show back in 1953

1:54pm Wednesday 4th September 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look back 60 years to the 1953 Orsett Show.

The spectacular sight of sailing on the Thames

Thurrock Gazette: The ships

10:22am Thursday 29th August 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I am reminded of the tall ship festival currently on in Greenwich, London, as I watched some passing under sail off Coalhouse Point last week.

First the harvest, then Orsett Show

Thurrock Gazette: Harvesting in Stanford-le-Hope

12:57pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look at harvest time in Thurrock 60 years ago.

Potato eating bug that made Tilbury its home

Thurrock Gazette: Sprays are prepared

10:51am Thursday 15th August 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I recall the passing of the Destructive Insects Act in Parliament on August 14, 1877, 136 years ago this month.

Tracing the footballing likely lads from 1953

10:58am Wednesday 7th August 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we follow a Grays football team and the memories of one of its players.

The lions that guarded explosives factory

Thurrock Gazette: The entrance to the explosives works

11:47am Wednesday 31st July 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I am looking into a question asked over the garden fence!

Thurrock's key role in the Peasants' Revolt

Thurrock Gazette: An illustration from the time

1:11pm Wednesday 24th July 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we recall troubled times 632 years ago in Thurrock.

What's in a name? Pub's colourful past

Thurrock Gazette: The pub when it was the Sailor's Return Inn

1:31pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit an old pub of Grays which has changed names several times over the years.

Interesting history of a delightful church

Thurrock Gazette: The church of St Peter & St Paul

10:38am Wednesday 3rd July 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit the church of St Peter & St Paul our Parish Church of Grays Thurrock.

Paying tribute during Armed Forces Week

12:32pm Thursday 27th June 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I would like to think the Thurrock community will support this week’s Armed Forces events.

How boat's arrival marked the start of multi-culturalism

1:26pm Wednesday 19th June 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we recall the arrival, on June 22, 1948, of the SS Empire Windrush, at the Tilbury Riverside Landing Stage, with the first shipload of more than 600 West Indians seeking employment in what they describe as the Mother Land.

How Thurrock helped the war landings effort

Thurrock Gazette: Conundrum being made at Tilbury Docks

1:07pm Wednesday 5th June 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we remember the allied landings in France during the Second World War.

How Thurrock partied for the coronation

Thurrock Gazette: Notices of coronation events in the Gazette

1:48pm Wednesday 29th May 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we remember the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, and how Thurrock celebrated.

Sinking that also led to a diver's death

Thurrock Gazette: The Brig William

10:59am Wednesday 22nd May 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I recall the sad death 175 years ago of a sapper (Royal Engineer) off Tilbury Fort in 1838.

When Prime Minister MacDonald opened landing stage

Thurrock Gazette: Ramsay MacDonald at the opening

11:27am Wednesday 15th May 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we remember the visit 83 years ago to Tilbury by Prime Minister James Ramsay MacDonald (October 12, 1866 – November 9, 1937) who was the first ever Labour Party prime minister in 1924, and from 1929 to 1931, as well as a National Government from 1931 to 1935.

The danger of transporting garrison gunpowder

Thurrock Gazette: The damage after the explosion in Tilbury

11:02am Wednesday 8th May 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we investigate press gangs and explosions related to the delivery of gun powder from the Royal Waltham Abbey gun powder mills to the Royal Gunpowder magazines in Purfleet.

Sixty years of library serving community

Thurrock Gazette: The opening of the new library

12:01pm Wednesday 1st May 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit Blackshots, as its library celebrates its diamond anniversary.

We're going underground!

Thurrock Gazette: The Scouts in the mine shaft

1:11pm Wednesday 24th April 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we travel underground and explore the Deneholes, in Hangman’s Wood, Little Thurrock.

Choir still in great voice after 75 years

11:29am Wednesday 17th April 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I hear voices! Well the Thurrock Male Voice Choir, which is celebrating 75 years of singing.

The days when they fundraised to buy a bomber

Thurrock Gazette: The ad for Wings for Victory week

12:05pm Wednesday 10th April 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I recall the fantastic fundraising efforts during war time in Thurrock.

The company that put it all back together

Thurrock Gazette: One of the souvenir badges

12:00pm Wednesday 3rd April 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I focus on the civil engineering and construction works of Christiana & Nielson Ltd, which was sited in Rectory Road, Grays.

Reward to down the Zeppelins!

Thurrock Gazette: The Zeppelin in the Thames

11:50am Wednesday 27th March 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I recall a famous event for Thurrock during the Great War at Purfleet 97 years ago this week.

History of the Co-op movement in borough

Thurrock Gazette: The West Thurrock No.2 branch shop in 1900

11:21am Wednesday 20th March 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look back at the start of the ‘Co-op’ in Thurrock.

The day our most famous author moved to town

Thurrock Gazette: Ivy Walls

11:17am Wednesday 13th March 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit Billet Lane in Stanford-le-Hope, to remember 116 years ago Thurrock’s most famous author Teodor Josef Konrad Koreniowski, better known as Joseph Conrad, moved house!

When Orsett became full of basket cases!

Thurrock Gazette: Some of the work on the baskets

11:44am Thursday 7th March 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit one of Thurrock’s oldest cottage industries – basket making, which ended 74 years ago this week.

Little known about sailor's heroic act

Thurrock Gazette: The ship moored alongside Wingroves Hotel

12:40pm Wednesday 27th February 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look at a brave action at Purfleet 200 years ago this week that ended in tragedy.

How our library eventually went Thameside

Thurrock Gazette: The original Carnegie library

3:11pm Wednesday 20th February 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look at the history of the Thameside Complex, Grays, which houses the library, theatre and both the Thurrock Museum gallery and stores.

How making cement once ruled the borough

Thurrock Gazette: A view out on the Tunnel Jetty as loading takes place

12:01pm Wednesday 13th February 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look at the transportation of cement from Thurrock by river.

Can you help ID Scouts from the 1950s?

Thurrock Gazette: The Scouts' photo

2:44pm Wednesday 6th February 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane, despite the cold weather, we visit Boy Scout camp in 1951.

How the Queen boosted us after the floods

Thurrock Gazette: The Queen's visit

1:36pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I am aware that the floods of January 31, 1953, affected Holland with some 3,000 deaths and closer to home on Canvey Island, where 59 people drowned.

Journeying again down the light railway

Thurrock Gazette: Corringham Light Railway

11:55am Wednesday 16th January 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I jump on the bandwagon – well the passenger carriage at Corringham Light Railway, closed some 61 years ago.

Remembering the Tilbury floods 60 years ago

Thurrock Gazette: The floods

11:26am Wednesday 9th January 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look at the memories flooding back about the deluge Thurrock suffered on the night of January 31, 1953.

How V became the symbol of a war victory

Thurrock Gazette: The 1944 calendar

12:59pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look at a New Year gift from the past.

The devastating blaze that claimed the Goliath

Thurrock Gazette: The Goliath

3:43pm Wednesday 19th December 2012

THIS week in Down Memory Lane I tell the sad story on the loss of life on the Grays-based training ship Goliath, destroyed in an accidental fire on December 22, 1875, with the loss of 23 lives.

Treasure that's been found in Chadwell

Thurrock Gazette: Some of the Chadwell discoveries

12:51pm Wednesday 12th December 2012

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit Roman Chadwell St Mary.

Tracing the history of The Oak

Thurrock Gazette: The Oak in Lodge Lane

12:27pm Wednesday 5th December 2012

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit a local pub, the Oak, in Lodge Lane, Sockett’s Heath Little Thurrock.

Stories from our Four Weddings church

Thurrock Gazette: St Clements Church

1:34pm Wednesday 28th November 2012

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we look at our Four Weddings and a Funeral church St Clements, in West Thurrock.

From then to now...a history of The Gull

Thurrock Gazette: The Gull

7:06pm Tuesday 6th November 2012

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit the Grays waterfront to remember the well-known landmark the Gull lightship.

When our cricketers left for Oz

Thurrock Gazette: The picture of the team and workers

11:11am Wednesday 31st October 2012

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit Tilbury Docks to witness a sporting occasion captured by the national press 58 years ago.

Visit 19th century South Ockendon

Thurrock Gazette: West Road in South Ockendon

1:50pm Wednesday 24th October 2012

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we visit South Ockendon and an interesting photograph published over a century ago in a booklet produced by Mr A Kimber, of the High Street, South Ockendon, with photographs taken by Mr CM Ansell a founding member of the Thurrock Photographic Society.

History society's 60th birthday

Thurrock Gazette: The society in 1955

10:40am Wednesday 17th October 2012

THIS week in Down Memory Lane we recall the start of the Thurrock Local History Society and its celebration next week, having reached its 60th anniversary.






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