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Monday, June 02, 2008

Tilbury Fort, Essex

Work started on the current Tilbury Fort in 1670, but there had been previous fortifications on the site since the time of Henry VIII. The fort is located in a strategic point on the North side of the Thames opposite Gravesend. The shape of the current fort, with its angular bastions and moat, is typical of the French forts designed by Vauban. The original powder magazines and some of the barracks still exist, but there have been many later alterations to the fort. A series of underground 19th Century magazines have been built and a WW2 gun battery constucted at the rear of the fort. There are also a number of guns in situ at various points around the fort. An episode of the historical drama series Sharpe was filmed at the fort.


Tilbury Fort is in an excellent state of preservation and is owned by English Heritage. It is open to the public all year round.

The wooden bridge crossing the moat

The water gate, now the current entrance

View across the fort

Entrance to 19thC Magazines

Passage linking the magazines

Looking towards the lighting passage

Inside one of the magazines

Some of the remaining barrack rooms

Entrance to the powder magazines

Inside the powder magazines

View across the magazine level of the gun battery

Entrance to one of the magazines

Shell lift still in place

View across the gun positions

View of one of the guns, with Tilbury powerstation behind

View back across the fort from the gun battery

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I suspect that the title to one of the photos may be incorrect, the one with tilbury power station mentioned is I believe a 3 pounder, with two other guns beyond, but I think the chimneys are at the disused northfleet cement works, and these were demolished in March 2010. the next photo I believe is a 6" gun and this does have tilbury power station beyond