- ‘Second To None’, by Richard C. Smith, pub. Grub Street, 2005, ISBN 1-904010-78-4
- Purfleet Heritage & Military Centre set up in Magazine No. 5 of the royal Magazine of Gunpowder.
- At Davy Down the pumping station has a 50m borehole down into the chalk and is still in use today; the two massive diesel engines once used to drive the pumps although no longer operational are on display in the visitor centre; the impressive railway viaduct across the Mardyke Valley dates from 1892; from here the Mardyke Way links to Aveley and to Bulphan.
- ‘The Haven’ a surviving plotlands bungalow at Langdon Hills Country park & Nature Reserve. The bungalow is now used as a museum entirely fitted out in original 1930’s and 1940’s style. Dunton once had hundreds of bungalows and chalets in an area known as ‘Plotlands’, which is now a Nature Reserve and an excellent habitat for reptiles.
- High House Production Park, Purfleet, is an historic farm setting to creative industries buildings that include tours of the Production Workshop of the scene-making facility for the Royal Opera House operas and ballets; ‘The Backstage Centre’ is here opened by Creative & Cultural skills and now houses their national headquarters; also situated here are 43 artist studios in the park opened by ACME Studios.
- The Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch built hidden beneath a bungalow, 100 feet underground to house up to 600 government personnel in the event of nuclear war.
- Section 24 of the London Loop takes you alongside the river Thames between Rainham and Purfleet and overlooks the RSPB Reserve which has also preserved Anti-Submarine Blockhouse and a section of the Firing Ranges, the Cordite Store and an Anti-Aircraft Ammunition Magazine on the marshes. 'The Diver: Regeneration' sculpture by John Kaufman stands near to the concrete barges in the Thames and was erected in 2002, shortly before his death. The sculpture is made of galvanised steel bands on a steel frame and stands 15 feet (4.6m) tall and some 6 feet (1.8m) wide and at the time it was the only sculpture in the Thames. It is partly-submerged every high tide and totally submerged by spring and neap tides.
- Walk No.5 takes you to Hornchurch country Park with its surviving military buildings including pill boxes and the rare Tett turrets as well as the modern ‘Spitfire’ climbing frame.
© 2015 S.J.Smith
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