Purfleet, Kent
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Purfleet and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Purfleet In The Past

The Royal Hotel was one of the "whitebait inns" which drew custom down-river from London in the nineteenth century. In both World Wars Purfleet was a transit camp for thousands of soldiers waiting to be shipped abroad from Tilbury docks. The Essex shore was called the Erith Rands. Rand was Anglo-saxon for border or ...Read full memory

A memory of Purfleet by Gemma Gemma

Thames Board Mills

I worked at TBM from 1949 until 1991. I started as a laboratory assisstant and became asst chief chemist. I was very involved with building of No 11 machine and then after I became Marketing manager for the opening of our Workington mill. Finally I was in charge of Sales and Marketing for Purfleet after we had to close ...Read full memory

A memory of Purfleet by Roy Bradbrook

Woodyats Green Grocer

Early memories of Aveley Village are going into Woodyats green grocer with my mum for fresh veg. Old Mr Woodyat always wore a brown shop coat and had his hearing aid unit in the top pocket. You had to speak at his pocket so he could hear you. My nose was always up against Reads the toy shop and Fryer's boot menders ...Read full memory

A memory of Purfleet by Mark Sopher