JJ Prior are a forward looking company rooted in 145 years of history

JJ Prior

Today’s Company

Operating for over 145 years, JJ Prior Limited are a leading aggregate and river transport provider in the South East of England.


We have a fleet of four vessels operating on the Thames, Colne and Medway rivers.


At JJ Prior we strive to ensure we deliver to the highest standards. Being a small company we know the importance of customer service and put it at the forefront of everything we do.

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JJ Prior

Our Rich History

JJ Prior was founded in 1870. Seeing the benefit of river transportation the company quickly built up a fleet of river vessels and purchased a quarry in 1933.


By 1947 the Prior family business was involved in road and river transportation and the production of sand and gravel. In the 1990s the company we relocated to our current headquarters in Fingringhoe, Essex.


2015 saw the purchase of a larger vessel to continue trading along the River Thames for the next 10 years.

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JJ Prior

The local community

We endeavour to work to high standards of stewardship of the exhausted land and try to keep the local community as informed as we can regarding the stages of reinstatement.


We have returned around 50% of the original land holdings to agricultural and other uses including some conservation projects run by the Essex Wildlife Trust.

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JJ Prior: A Voyage

on the Working Thames

A documentary short on the history of the JJ Prior aggregate firm. Commissioned by

the National Maritime Museum in London.

The film won best picture in the Professional category at the 2014 Cannes-Struther Film Festival

Directed, shot and cut by Paul Bates