infobox UK place
country = England
region= East of England
Purfleet is a place in the
Thurrockunitary authority in England. It is situated south of the A13 roadon the River Thamesand within the easterly bounds of the M25 motorwaybut just outside the Greater Londonboundary. There is some industry to the south and the area forms part of the Thames Gatewayredevelopment area. Purfleet is one of seven conservation areas in Thurrock [ [http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/planning/environment/content.php?page=conservation_consult Thurrock Council | Natural & Historic Environment | Conservation Areas In Th ] ] .It was listed by the Ministry of Foodas an A-bomb target in the 1950's [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7382750.stm BBC NEWS | UK | Nuclear threat sparked tea worry ] ]
In the 18th century, Purfleet was the location for the storage of gunpowder together with a garrison to protect it. This is now the Purfleet Garrison Heritage and Military Centre.
In March, 1916, anti-aircraft gunners based at Purfleet shot down the German Zeppelin LZ15 - a first. As a result the gunners received a prize from the
Lord Mayor of London[ [http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/heritage/content.php?page=parish_facts_details&id=2 Thurrock Council | Thurrock Heritage | Parish Facts ] ] .
Purfleet has been the home of, Flora, Bertolli, Stork and ICBINB!
margarineworks (formerly Van den Berghs & Jurgens, now Unilever) since 1917, reputed to be the largest in the world.
From 1921 to 1936, Purfleet formed an
urban districtof Essexincluding the parishes of Aveley, West Thurrockand South Ockendon. It covered an area of 8,900 acres and in 1931 had a population of 8,511. The parishes and urban district were abolished in 1936 and their former area was used to form part of Thurrock Urban District.
Purfleet railway station
* [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/bound_map_page.jsp?first=true&u_id=10108160&c_id=10001043 Historic boundaries of Purlfeet - A Vision of Britain]
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