Tag: Stanford-le-Hope Corringham & Fobbing

By Liam Heatherson

Coryton Oil Refinery

The refinery c.2014 (BTP) and 2016 (Slayaaaa) prior to the demolition of its many towers The refinery was built over Coryton village (Kynochtown) and Kynoch’s munitions factory (the site of which still remains just north of the refinery – see here). The explosives factory operated from the late 1890s up until 1919 serving through the…

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By Joe Mander

Fobbing QF Bomb Decoy

After setting off from the explosives site at Coryton, we headed on a trek across the marshes towards the town of Fobbing. We were searching for a ‘Starfish’ site – one of a few that survive today. In January 1940, Britain’s decoy programme began and was designed to distract aircraft to sites that had supposedly…

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By Joe Mander

Fisons Fertiliser Factory

Fisons Plc was a British pharmaceutical, scientific instruments and horticultural chemicals company established by Edward Packard in 1843. In 1863 he was joined in business by his son, also named Edward, who was developing the business and rationalising the UK’s fertiliser industry. The business was incorporated in 1895 under the name of Edward Packard and Company Limited. In 1919 the company…

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By Liam Heatherson

The Peasants Revolt of 1381

Pictured above are a set of eerie wooden sculptures of the rebels at Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Essex. Whilst the park does not in fact have any direct connection to the revolt, only its proximity to Fobbing, these sculptures commemorate the 1381 events that happened in the wider area. The Peasant’s Revolt of 1381…

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By Liam Heatherson

Shell Haven Jetties

The Shell Haven Oil Refinery existed behind the Coryton refinery that dominates the skyline of the surrounding area, which ceased oil production in 2012. It closed in 1999 having been operating since 1916. Prior to this, the area of Shell Haven was scraped by Kynoch’s Munitions Factory which stood near the site of Coryton village…

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By Liam Heatherson

London Gateway Container Port

DP (Dubai Ports) World began to construct a huge shipping container port over the site of the Shell Haven oil refinery in around roughly 2010, first opening in November 2013 although with most of the site remaining under continual construction. When the refinery land was first remedied for construction of the port, works involved covering…

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By Liam Heatherson

Kynoch Sewage Work

Coryton was home to an explosives factory in the turn of the 20th Century which you can read about and see the remains of in our in-depth article here. Kynochtown was the name given to the village for employees. The factory was built by the well-known ammunition firm ‘Kynoch’ in 1895 and it opened two…

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By Liam Heatherson

The Corringham Light Railway

Pictured above is a black and white photograph showing the initial platform and station, as well as recent photographs of the remains of the brick trackbed, a Kynochs bridge was widened for D-Day movements as it was wider than standard-gauge permissions allowed, imprint of the railway sleepers under the grass, and a possible Kynoch waterway The…

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