Chafford Hundred is sandwiched between Grays and South Ockendon and is located immediately adjacent to Lakeside Shopping Centre. Chafford Hundred is a housing development that was started in 1989. The area was orginally a chalk quarry for about a hundred years and was owned by Blue Circle Cement. When production ceased it was turned into a large housing development.
Due to the increasing volume of residents entering Chafford Hundred, railway station was opened in 1995 and is to this day the largest station in the country with only one platform.
Chafford Gorges Nature Park lies at the heart of Chafford Hundred, it is a superb area of green space comprising approximately 200 acres of former chalk quarries known as Warren Gorge, Lion Gorge and Grays Gorge together with the connecting land of Mill Wood and Wouldham Cliffs.
Chafford Hundred is extremely popular with the London city workers due to the easy commute to central London.