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Grays (or more formally, Grays Thurrock) is the largest town in the borough and unitary authority of Thurrockmarker in Essex and one of the Thurrock's traditional parishes. It is situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) to the east of Londonmarker on the north bank of the River Thames.


The Grays and Chafford Hundred areas are set within three Victorian chalk pits; the largest two being the Lion Gorge, and the Warren Gorge. The area of the Chafford Hundredmarker residential development is built on a Victorian landfill site.


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A map of the town from 1946
Local sites of interest include the Thameside Theatre, the Thurrock History Museum, Grays Beach and the now-disused State Cinemamarker (which was used as a location in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and for sections of Jamiroquai's video of "Deeper Underground" for the film Godzilla). The ancient local manor of Grays Thurrock was granted by Richard I in 1195 to Henry de Gray, a descendant of the Norman knight Anchetil de Greye.

From the top of the Derby Road Bridge in Grays you can look down to Thurrock Yacht Club, Grays Beach children's playground and the River Thames where you can occasionally see large ships travelling up and down.

As well as Thurrock Yacht Club, Grays Beach is the site of the local landmark The Gull, a lightship built in 1860, which has lain on the foreshore for decades and is now in a serious state of dilapidation.


Grays has good road links, being close to the A13 road and the M25 motorwaymarker.
London Road is the main road which links Grays town centre with Lakeside Shopping Centremarker and Purfleetmarker.

The local railway station is Grays railway stationmarker, which is served by c2c and runs between Fenchurch Street stationmarker in the City of Londonmarker to the west and Shoeburynessmarker to the east.

Also Grays bus station at Grays railway stationmarker is a hub for most bus services in Thurrock and there is a coach service to Stansted airport.


Schools in Grays include; Chafford Hundred Campus, Gateway Academy, Grays Convent High School, William Edwards School & Sports College, Grays School Media Arts College, Deneholm Primary, Little Thurrock Primary, Quarry Hill Infant and Junior, St Thomas Of Canterbury Catholic Primary, Stifford Clays Infant and Junior, Stifford Primary, Thameside Infant and Junior School, Warren Primary School, Chafford Hundred Primary School and Treetops School.

The local sixth form college is Palmer's Collegemarker, whilst other colleges in Grays include Thurrock & Basildon College (Woodview Campus) and Thurrock Adult Community College.


Bridge Road is also home to the area's local football team, Grays Athletic, who play in the Football Conference and were two-time winners of the FA Trophy.

Lakeside Hammers speedway team (formerly Arena Essex Hammers) races nearby, next to the Lakeside Shopping Centremarker.

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