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Stifford parish church
Stifford is located in Essex
Stifford shown within Essex
OS grid reference TQ599778
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GRAYS
Postcode district RM16, RM17, RM20
Dialling code 01375, 01708
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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51°29′49″N 0°18′11″E / 51.497°N 0.303°E / 51.497; 0.303Coordinates: 51°29′49″N 0°18′11″E / 51.497°N 0.303°E / 51.497; 0.303

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".[1] The ford was across the Mardyke which flows through North Stifford before joining the Thames at Purfleet. Stifford gives its name to the Stifford Clays housing estate built in the late 1950s.

North Stifford

The original parish church (St Mary's) is located within North Stifford[2] The church contains several interesting medieval monumental brasses.[3] 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). Followed in 1980 by The Stifford Saga by Doreen Dean and Pamela Studd and in 2012 The Idyll in the Middyl by Cliff and Jan Cowin. The North Stifford Village sign was unveiled on July 1, 2011[4]

South Stifford

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.


  1. ^ PH Reaney, The Place-Names of Essex, (CUP, 1969)
  2. ^ Village web site
  3. ^ Christopher Harrold, Exploring Thurrock (Thurock Local History Society, 2008)
  4. ^ The Idyll in the Middyl by Cliff and Jan Cowin - publishers web site (2012)

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