Purfleet, Essex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

When Did Purfleet Cross The River Thames

Wrongly assigned to Kent - always in Essex Many thanks for letting us know about this glitch - now corrected. Editor

A memory of Purfleet

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

Purfleet Primary School

I started at Purfleet Infants & Primary School aged 4, I put my head on the desk and cried for ages, but there was a lovely elderly lady teacher (I can't remember her name?), she blew my nose and washed my face, I'd arrived with my older sister Kitty, that was ok, but she went off to her classroom across the ...Read full memory