When Bram Stoker wrote Dracula there never was a real Carfax House to base the story on, but historians believe that it was inspired by Purfleet House built by the Whitbread brewing family in Purfleet on the far east of London.
The house has since been demolished, but a small section of stone wall still survives. After it was sold in 1920 and during its part-demolition, much material was recycled into the current St. Stephen’s Church, which now stands in the grounds.
In Bram Stokers Dracula, a newly qualified solicitor Jonathan Harker takes the Transylvanian Count Dracula as a client from his colleague R. M. Renfield, who has gone insane.
Dracula leaves Jonathan to be raped and fed upon by his brides and sails to England with boxes of his native soil, taking up residence at Carfax. His arrival is foretold by the ravings of Renfield, now an inmate in Dr. Jack Seward’s neighboring insane asylum.
A plaque now marks the site of where the story was set, unveiled by the late Ingrid Pitt, the most famous of the female vampires created by Hammer Horror films, in 2007.