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Thundersley, Essex

Thundersley sits on a plateau of high ground, with the 13th century church of St Peter at its centre, between Basildon and Southend-on-Sea in south Essex. The settlement now is very built up as a constant ribbon of development along the A13. The original focus of Thundersley however was north of this road, but running parallel to it and likely has its origins in pre-Christianity, as the name was recorded as Thunreslea in the Domesday Book of 1086 to mean 'sacred grove of the god Thunor or Thor'.


Local Information Websites

AGES Archaeological and Historical Association

Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive

Thundersley Parish Council

British History Online

History House

Unlocking Essex's Past (SEAX Archaeology)

English Heritage - search the list

Heritage Gateway


Projects by Year



Thundersley 2018 Pottery Distribution Maps


Click here for the summary report of the Thundersley test pitting results