Purfleet, a hamlet in West Thurrock parish, Essex, on the river Thames, at the mouth of Marditch rivulet, and on the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, 8 miles ESE of Barking. It belonged once to the Knights of St John; was then called Portflete or Pourteflete; and is popularly fabled to have got its name from an exclamation of Queen Elizabeth, " Oh, my poor fleet!" on seeing her fleet depart from its vicinity to encounter the Spanish Armada. It is overlooked by Beacon Hill, commanding a fine view; had formerly a ferry over the Thames; has now a post, money order, and telegraph office (S.O.), a railway station, a bridge over the Marditch, a small harbour, a hotel, and some pleasure gardens which are much resorted to in the summer. It has also some extensive Government powder magazines, with store-houses, barracks, and a good quay, and on the marshes adjacent there are petroleum storage works and a paper mill. Ecclesiastically it ranks as a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of West Thurrock.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Civil parish||West Thurrock|
|Poor Law union||Orsett|
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