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St Mary the Virgin Church, Corringham
Corringham is located in Essex
Population 8,884 (2001)
OS grid reference TQ708832
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SS17
Dialling code 01375
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
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51°31′30″N 0°27′36″E / 51.525°N 0.460°E / 51.525; 0.460

Corringham is an English town and former civil parish, located on a hill overlooking the River Thames east of London. It is situated 7 miles from Tilbury, and lies between Canvey Island and Tilbury Fort. Its commercial centre in smaller Stanford-le-Hope immediately to its south-west. It is in the unitary authority of Thurrock and a traditional (Church of England) parish stretching from Horseshoe Bay in the Thames Estuary to Dry Street, south of Langdon Hills. It is in the far east of the borough. In 1931 the parish had a population of 1897.

St Mary the Virgin Church is the first of its two parish churches, and originated in the Saxon period from the time of St Cedd in the 7th century. Corringham was formerly served by the Corringham Light Railway which connected the Kynoch munitions factory with the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. The small historic heart is one of the seven conservation areas in the borough, which is for local government matters a unitary authority.

In terms of electoral wards (areas of boroughs drawn to contain equal-sized electorates), the town is part of Stanford East and Corringham Town. On 1 April 1936 the parish was abolished to form Thurrock; part also went to Bowers Gifford.


Origin of the Name

Thought to originate from derivation of a Saxon chieftain named Curra, the ‘ing’, which means followers, and ‘ham’ which means ‘home’

The parish church

The south wall of the parish church contains examples of Saxon herringbone stonework in both the nave and the chancel. There are other Saxon features inside the church. The tower is also likely to be Saxon.

Sport and leisure

Corringham has a non-League football club, East Thurrock United F.C. who play at Rookery Hill and currently play in the Isthmian League.

Notable people

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage – composer
  • Michael Stanley – Samoan international rugby player, educated at Gable Hall School
  • Denise Van Outen – actress, singer and television presenter
  • Rylan Clark-Neal – television presenter, reality TV star, singer, LGBT advocate, model
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