Stifford parish church
Stifford shown within Essex
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Stifford is a place in the unitary authority of Thurrock, Essex. The traditional parish of Stifford is divided by the A13 trunk road into two communities known respectively as North and South Stifford.
Origin of name
The place name Stifford is first recorded in Domesday as Stiforda and means "path ford". The ford was across the Mardyke which flows through North Stifford before joining the Thames at West Thurrock.
The original parish church (St Mary's) is located within North Stifford http://www.northstiffordvillage.co.uk The church contains several interesting medieval monumental brasses. William Palin who was rector between 1834 and 1882 wrote the earliest local histories devoted solely to the Thurrock area - Stifford and its Neighbourhood (1871) and More about Stifford and its Neighbourhood (1872).
South Stifford is a small residential area within the town of Grays. South Stifford separates Grays town centre from West Thurrock and Lakeside Shopping Centre. It acts as a residential area for people working in many of the towns factories and surrounding retail areas, however it has recently been overshadowed by the huge housing estate of Chafford Hundred.
South Stifford has one primary school, Stifford Primary School.
- ^ PH Reaney, The Place-Names of Essex, (CUP, 1969)
- ^ Christopher Harrold, Exploring Thurrock (Thurock Local History Society, 2008)
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