Eastbrookend Country Park, Dagenham TQ509855
Account compiled by Gerald Lucy for Essex Field Club website
Created in 1995, Eastbrookend Country Park is situated in the ‘Dagenham Corridor’, a strip of green belt land that separates Dagenham from Romford. The site of the country park was previously used for quarrying sand and gravel and the numerous lakes were former pits which, in the 1920s provided aggregate for the giant Becontree housing estate nearby. Gravel was still being extracted in 1977 when a dragline operator found several fine Palaeolithic hand-
South of the railway, and accessible by a footbridge, is Boyer’s Lake (TQ 505 852) which is also a former gravel pit. During its working life this pit also yielded Palaeolithic flint tools including six hand-
Eastbrookend Country Park is of geological interest as it straddles two adjacent terraces of the Thames. North of the railway is the higher Lynch Hill/Corbets Tey Terrace and the gravel of this terrace is thought to have been laid down by the river about 300,000 years ago (Marine Isotope Stages 10-
The Country Park has a visitor Centre known as the Millennium Centre.