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West Thurrock

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Population  7,795 (2001 Census)
Unitary authority  Thurrock
Country  England
Local time  Saturday 4:46 AM
Ceremonial county  Essex
UK parliament constituency  Thurrock
OS grid reference  TQ585785
Region  East
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Dialling code  01708
Post town  Grays
West Thurrock
Weather  9°C, Wind SE at 11 km/h, 85% Humidity

West Thurrock is a traditional Church of England parish and town in Thurrock, Essex, England, located 17.5 miles (28.1 km) east south-east of Charing Cross, London.

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Map of West Thurrock, Grays, UK

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Location

West Thurrock is part of the unitary authority of Thurrock located on the north bank of the River Thames about 17 miles (27 km) from Charing Cross, London.

Nearest places:

  • Aveley
  • Chafford Hundred
  • Grays
  • South Ockendon
  • Nearest stations:

  • Chafford Hundred railway station
  • Grays railway station
  • Purfleet railway station
  • Industry

    Industry along the Thames includes a Unilever chilled distribution centre for all its chilled food products including Flora, Bertolli, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Stork, Peperami and AdeZ. A Procter & Gamble (originally Hedley's) plant manufactures detergents and soaps.

    The large coal-burning West Thurrock Power Station closed in 1993, and was replaced by a plant making industrial chemicals, particularly the raw materials for detergent manufacture. The 190 metre tall electricity pylons of 400 kV Thames Crossing, the tallest electricity pylons in the UK, remain. Just upstream of the pylons the tunnel of High Speed 1 passes under the Thames.

    West Thurrock was formerly the site of a large chalk quarrying and cement making industry, today represented only by the works of Lafarge below the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. A new plant for the production of aluminous cement was completed in 2003.

    Buildings

    West Thurrock is the location of the Lakeside Shopping Centre.

    The parish church (now redundant) was used for the funeral in the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral".

    Belmont Castle, England, a neo-Gothic mansion, was built in West Thurrock in 1795 but was demolished in 1943 to make way for a chalk quarry.

    Origin of the name

    Thurrock is a Saxon name meaning "the bottom of a ship". West Thurrock is one of three "Thurrocks", the others being Little Thurrock and Grays Thurrock.

    References

    West Thurrock Wikipedia


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