Historical parishes of Thurrock


Parish facts:

  • At Aveley, in clay pits, extracted for the cement industry, a range of Pleistocene animals have been identified including woolly mammoth, straight tusked elephant, giant elk, bison, rhinoceros, wolf and wild cat dating to c200,000 years ago.

  • In St. Michael's Church, Aveley is a fine brass to the Knight Ralph de Knevynton, who died "the Thursday before the feast of St. Nicholas, the Bishop in the year 1370 when the dominical letter was "F" His image can be seen on the Thurrock Coat of Arms.

  • Capability Brown was employed by Thomas Barrett, Lord Dacre to landscape the ground around Belhus Mansion the 1740s and 50s. Some of the garden features including earthen mounds and the 'long pond' can still be seen today.