It is named after Thunor, the Ango Saxon war god corresponding to the Norse god Thor, while the "ley" suffix signifies that it was a clearing in the enormous Essex Forest.
St. Peter`s Church is basically mediaeval, but was enlarged in the 1960s. It stands on a hilltop, with sweeping views over countrysode and the estuary of the River Thames.
Bread and Cheese Hill is said to take its name from the 14th century, when foreigners who could not say the words properly werre summarily put to death.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Thundersley for groups.