Labour MP for Erith & Thamesmead

Teresa Pearce MP

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Posted on May 16, 2010 by Teresa Pearce


It’s the Erith Forum AGM on Wednesday night at 7.00 pm at the Vets Club in Park Crescent. I would encourage Erith residents to go as it’s a friendly informative meeting which discusses the future of our town.

 Below I list some things you may not know about Erith’s past.

Twelve things you may not know about Erith 

  1. Erith is a saxon word. 
  2. The Anglo Saxons settled this area after winning the Battle of Crayford in the year 457. 
  3. Erith played a part during the reign of Henry VIII (1509 – 47) Henry is believed to have spent a night here on his way to France . 
  4. Part of his naval dockyard was founded at Erith showing the importance of the area. 
  5. Henry’s famous warship, Henri Grace à Dieu or ‘Great Harry’, was fitted out here in 1515. 
  6. Erith was famous in the 17th & 18th centuries for smuggling. 
  7. Erith played a big role in the famous 18thcentury importer and exporter the East India Trading Company. The company docked its ships at Erith to load and unload cargo before setting out on its trips to the far east and before returning  to London with the remainder of their goods. 
  8. The reason there are roads in Erith called Friday, Crusoe and Selkirk is because the real life mariner Alexander Selkirk ( upon whom Robinson Crusoe was based ) came back to UK after his shipwreck arriving at Erith on 14 October 1711.  
  9. During the First World War Erith was an extremely important area for the manufacture of guns and ammunition, largely due to the presence of the larrge Vickers works in the Fraser Road area. In the Second World War, Erith found itself in the thick of the conflict, being directly on the German bombing routes from Europe to London, and also because of the nearby armament factories. 
  10. The inventor Edward Butler lived in Erith and invented a three-wheeled car called the Butler Petrol Cycle in 1884, considered by many to be the first British car. 
  11. Linda Smith (29 January 1958 – 27 February 2006) was an English  stand up comedian and comedy writer. She was born in Erith and was a regular Radio 4 panellist, being voted “Wittiest Living Person” by listeners in 2002.  
  12.  Wendy Cope (born 21 July 1945) in Erith is an award-winning contemporary English poet.

The result 1

Posted on May 09, 2010 by Teresa Pearce

And here are the numbers….

Thank you 6

Posted on May 05, 2010 by Teresa Pearce


Today is the last day of the campaign.

The last 18 months have been very strange indeed . I have met some great

people and made some new friends and I have realised the following things.

  1. People can be very kind and helpful and with the personal  bereavements I have had over the last year the kindness of strangers is a wonderful thing.
  2. Some people will email you abusive messages but these people always remain anonymous. I think these people are sad as if they are willing to say something to me they should not be ashamed of putting their name to it.
  3. People will lie for political advantage
  4. Many people do not understand the electoral system
  5. My family are even more wonderful that I realised
  6. I need a new car
  7. Letterboxes come in very many shapes and sizes
  8. Never approach a Rottweiler
  9. There are lots of great primary schools in Erith & Thamesmead
  10. I would nt have missed this experience for the world.

Thanks to all my friends and family, I wish my Dad were still here.

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