Thurrock historical figures

Herbert E Brooks, Memorial Garden, Grays

Have you ever noticed at the top of Orsett Road, Grays, there is a small brick walled public garden? A small shelter for rest and contemplation, borders and grass. This is the Herbert Brooks memorial garden.

Herbert E Brooks died on 21 March 1931 while residing at Stifford Lodge (now the Lakeside Hotel), here had been a very influential character in the shaping of Late Victorian Grays, both in industry and local government politics.

Mr. Brooks held many offices including Chair of ECC, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, JP, Chair of Grays Town Council, and Director of APCM, which was amalgamated with his own Brooks Cement Company, which started in Grays in c1870.

Essex review Vol 40, p90-91 includes an obituary of HE Brooks.

26th November 1932, Grays Town Council approved the plans for the HE Brooks memorial garden.

Interestingly I attended a meeting at County Hall recently and in Committee Room 1? I saw his portrait picture hanging in honour to his ECC chairmanship.

The garden has recently been a focus for a tidy up and an additional 'Holocaust' memorial.


  • Grays & Tilbury Gazette.