|TLHS has been awarded a grant to finance
a project that will be looking at the impact of the cement
Industry on Thurrock's people and landscape.
The project had a small display at the
Horndon Feast and Fayre. This concentrated on various comments
made by Thurrock's MPs about the cement industry. The comments
included a speech by Leslie Solley in 1948 in which he said -
“The effect of the cement
dust in the domestic domain is extremely serious. If windows are
opened within a mile of these works, furniture inside the rooms
become quickly covered with a fine layer of dust. Clothes which
are kept on the line become covered.”
65 tons of cement dust are deposited per square mile of the area
in question every month of the year.”
Cement Works ... are pumping poison into the atmosphere of
Thurrock with complete disregard for the health and convenience
of the public.”
The Land of the Fanns Heritage Zone at the
2019 Orsett Show was financed in part by this project and in
part directly by the Land of the Fanns.
At the show, the project
displayed more material about Thurrock's cement industry, gave
away copies of a free booklet and spoke to people about their memories
of the industry. Many of the people we spoke to agreed to have
their memories recorded and preserved. We will be organising a
session later this year.
As part of the project, we have produced this
interactive map that will allow you to explore the cement
industry and its impact on the landscape and people of Thurrock
from your own arm chair.