Thurrock is situated in the south-west of Essex and borders the north bank
of the Thames. Thurrock is the gateway to London with easy access to both
Kent and Essex via the M25 motorway and Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, the
longest cable-stayed bridge in Europe.
This thriving borough encompasses huge swathes of green belt country and along its 18 miles (29km) of Thames frontage are many important marshland wildlife habitats.The area's unique riverside location and vast natural resources are the key to its past and future development, growth and success.
For lovers of history and heritage Thurrock's fascinating past will be of great interest. Prehistoric tribes settled here and worked the land followed by Romans, then by Anglo-Saxons, whose settlement were unearthed by archaeologists at Mucking. The importance of agriculture in the area continued into the mediaeval period, reflected by the magnificent Woolmarket at Horndon-on-the-Hill.
The defence of the capital was closely linked with Thurrock. Henry VIII built riverside Block Houses at East and West Tilbury, which later became Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury Fort. It was at West Tilbury that Queen Elizabeth I gave her famous speech to her troops, gathered to meet the Spanish Armada threat. Both forts played an important defence role during the two world wars and visitors can see military hardware from that period at the forts as well as enjoying the tremendous river views.
The area has many bridleways, footpaths and country parks, including Davy Down within the Mardyke valley. The river's floodplain is a broad tract of grassland which is an important feature of the landscape of the area.
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Places to Stay near Thurrock
Travelodge Thurrock M25 (1.79 miles)
There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website
Orsett Hall Hotel and Conference Centre (2.13 miles)
Stifford Clays Farmhouse Hotel (4.03 miles)
Premier Inn Basildon South (4.11 miles)
Park Inn Thurrock (4.57 miles)
Premier Inn Gravesend Central (5.23 miles)
Henry B&B (5.28 miles)
The Granby Hotel (5.28 miles)
Premier Inn Thurrock East (5.46 miles)Conveniently situated within walking distance of Chafford Hundred train station and for shopping, the Lakeside shopping centre. The nearest town to this hotel is Grays town centre just 2.5 miles away. London City Airport is ... More | visit website
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