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St Michael's, Aveley
Aveley is located in Essex
 Aveley shown within Essex
Population 8,381 
OS grid reference TQ565805
Unitary authority Thurrock
Ceremonial county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district RM15
Dialling code 01708
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Thurrock
List of places

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Aveley is a small town within the Thurrock unitary authority in Essex, England and one of the traditional (Church of England) parishes in Thurrock. It is a suburban development located 16.3 miles (26.2 km) east of Charing Cross in London and within the eastern bounds of the M25 motorway.


Aveley is roughly bounded to the north and west by the London Borough of Havering, to the south by the A13 road and to the east by the M25 motorway.

Nearest places:


In Domesday the names has various spellings - Alvithelea, Alvileia and Alvilea.[1] The name means Aelfgyth's wood clearing.[2] A variation, in 1418, is Alvythele.[3]

John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, lived in Aveley which was the home of his father's second wife.[4]

After the Second World War the population grew rapidly as the area absorbed some of the London overspill.

Historic buildings

St Michael's Church

The parish church (St. Michael's) is a Grade 1 listed building that was built in the 12th century.[5] It contains the 14th century memorial brass of Radulphus de Knevynton which is echoed in the arms of the Thurrock unitary authority. The church was declared unsafe in the 19th century, with the recommendation that it should be pulled down. However, the parishioners raised £1,000 and saved the structure.[6]

Other listed buildings

Grade 2*[5]

  • Brett's Farmhouse
  • Sir Henry Gurnett public house

Grade 2[5]

  • 79, High Street
  • Crown and Anchor hotel
  • Park Corner House
  • 54 and 56 High Street
  • Courts Farm, Park Lane
  • Court's Farmhouse barn
  • Brett's Farmhouse barn
  • Aveley Hall
The Old Ship

The Old Ship public house at 58 High Street is on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.[7]


According to Thurrock Council in 2001 the ward of Aveley and Uplands had a population of 8,381 people.


Aveley is the home of two non-League football clubs; Aveley, who play at the Mill Field and Thurrock who play at Ship Lane.

Belhus golf course is located in Aveley near the site of the former Belhus Mansion. Much of the remaining land from Belhus forms the Belhus Woods Country Park.


Nearest railway stations:


  1. Christopher Harrold (Editor), Exploring Thurrock (Thurrock Local History Society, 2008)
  2. James Kemble, Essex Place-Names (Historical Publications, 2007)
  3. Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives: CP 40/629; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/H5/CP40no629/aCP40no629fronts/IMG_0489.htm; first entry
  4. Lewis, Frank (1976). Essex and Suger. Philimore. p. 51.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Appendix 7 to Thurrock Development Plan
  6. St Michael's Aveley on the Thurrock Local History Society web site
  7. Brandwood, Geoff (2013). Britain's best real heritage pubs. St. Albans: CAMRA. p. 39. ISBN 9781852493042.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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