History of Grays Thurrock (Grays)
The Old High Street, Grays, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
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 family and local history sources' you will find additional links to help you.
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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.
Images and Maps of Grays Thurrock
For images of Grays Thurrock see our article on Essex Images for Family History.
For maps of Grays Thurrock see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.
High Street, Grays
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
More family and local history sources
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Find census returns for this location at Ancestry.co.uk.
Find census returns for this location at Findmypast.co.uk.
All types of objects relating to family history are sold on Ebay. Photographs, copies of Wills, house conveyancing, bills of sale, and much, much more. See our article Essex Ancestors on eBay
If you're looking for pictures of Grays Thurrock to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards
Books featuring Grays Thurrock from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Grays Thurrock.
Books featuring Essex on Amazon. Just click the logo. This link is already formatted for Essex History in the book section. Refine the search to look for Grays Thurrock, such as: Grays Thurrock history.
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' is an excellent starting point for research. The ERO has an online catalogue by the name of Essex Archives Online which includes parish registers. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.
Also try FreeReg: a database of parish registers transcribed by volunteers. The Essex coverage is increasing each day.
Excellent detailed information on the history of Grays Thurrock appears in the Victorian Counties History Volume 8 (1983) on the British History Online website.