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History of Grays Thurrock (Grays)
Welcome to the home page for the History of Grays Thurrock and its inhabitants.
Below you find links to a range of sources transcribed by History House. Further below under 'more local history sources' you will find to links to other places on the web where you can continue your research.
For other locations in Essex see our alphabetical list of Essex towns and villages.
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.
Poll of Voters 1826
Grays Thurrock inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.
Voters in 1836 South Essex Election
Grays Thurrock inhabitants who voted in the 1836 South Essex election.
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1839
Pigot's Directory of Essex 1839 - list of inhabitants.
White's Directory of Essex 1848
GRAYS THURROCK, or Grey Thurrock, is a small ancient town on the north bank of the river Thames, 20 miles East >>more.
White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.
White's Directory of Essex 1863
White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.
Essex Almanac 1866
Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Grays Thurrock.
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874
Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.
Grays Thurrock Criminal Cases
Court cases involving Grays Thurrock residents - ongoing project >>more.
Education in Grays Thurrock
Reports and returns on schools and education in Grays Thurrock.
Grays Thurrock Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Here is one for Grays Thurrock.
Grays Thurrock Poor
Under the Poor Law of 1834, Grays Thurrock became part of the Orsett Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.
My Grays Thurrock Ancestors
Are your ancestors from Grays Thurrock? Why not tell us their story: My Ancestors.
More local history sources
Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.
Ebay is now a great source for old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these. Link already formatted for Essex. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box. >>
Also on Ebay are legal documents on vellum. This link is formatted for Essex. (Sometimes I think these should be in an archive.) >>
Books featuring Grays Thurrock from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Grays Thurrock.
Search for Grays Thurrock census returns at ancestry.co.uk.
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' is an excellent starting point for research. The ERO has an online catalogue by the name of SEAX and many of the parish registers are now available online. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.
If you are unable to travel to the ERO, we provide a professional archival research service.
Excellent detailed information on the history of Grays Thurrock appears in the Victorian Counties History Volume 8 (1983) on the British History Online website.
Ordnance Survey Maps for the 19th century
The best quality images by far are from the excellent National Library of Scotland's website. They provide the Ordnance Survey's six-inch series for England and Wales between 1842-1952. Either as individual sheets, or a zoomable overlay layer (1888-1913) on modern Google and OS maps, or as a zoomable layer (1888-1913) side-by-side with modern Google and OS maps.
Or try the 1881 Ordnance Survey Map from the British History Online web site (Essex: Ordnance Survey 1:10,560: Epoch 1.0).
Images of England web site which has a photographic record of England's listed buildings - from the grandest house to the humblest cottage. Enter the town or village in the search box. Photographs are accompanied by a detailed architectural description of the property.