History of Purfleet

Purfleet © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
Beacon Hill, Purfleet, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

History of Purfleet >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

PURFLEET is a village and military station on the north side of the river Thames, at the mouth of a rivulet, and at the west end of West Thurrock, to which parish it is a hamlet, though sometimes called a township.

It is 16 miles East by South of London. and 8 miles South East by South of Romford, and has a pleasure fair on the 13th of June.

Near it are the extensive lime and chalk pits of W.H. Whitbread, Esq., the lord of the manor.

The harbour is often full of shipping business and animation; and joining it is a large government powder magazine, consisting of five detached bomb-proof and well-protected store-houses, barracks for a company of artillery, a store keeper's mansion, and a good quay. This magazine was built in 1781, and has room for the safe keeping of 60,000 barrels of gunpowder.

The village is on rising ground, and in the vicinity numerous romantic scenes are formed by the high projecting chalk rock, interspersed with deep and extensive caverns. Of these chalk hills, and those on the Kentish side of the Thames, the lofty Beacon Cliff, which overlooks the village, commands an extensive prospect; finely interspered with woods, gentlemen's seats, farm-houses, villages, etc.

Many thousand tons of lime are burnt annually, and sent to London and other places; and from the kilns, railways are extended to the quarries, as well to the shipping. The chalk cliffs are covered by several feet of surface loam, and from the magnitude of the excavation, appear to have been worked for several centuries.

Back to History of Purfleet

my ancestors logo

My Ancestors.

Are your ancestors from Purfleet? Why not tell us their story: My Purfleet Ancestors.

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

newspaper
Essex Standard Newspaper

Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.

Find your ancestors in the newspapers.
Try our example search to discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.

Also look at other newspaper archives and learn how they can help you research your ancestors. >>more

map
Purfleet - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

map
Purfleet - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?

Southminster

Ebay is a good source of 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 Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.