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Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury
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Coalhouse Fort is an artillery fort built in the 1860s to guard the lower Thames from seaborne attack. It stands at Coalhouse Point in Essex on the north bank of the river, at a location that was vulnerable to raiders and invaders. It was the last in a series of fortifications dating back to the 15th century and was the direct successor to a smaller mid-19th century fort built on the same site. Constructed during a period of tension with France, its location on marshy ground caused problems from the start and led to a lengthy construction process. The fort was equipped with a variety of large-calibre artillery guns and the most modern defensive facilities at the time, including shell-proof casemates protected by granite facing and cast-iron shields. However, its lengthy construction and the rapid pace of artillery development at the time meant that it was virtually obsolete for its original purpose within a few years of its completion.The fort's armament was revised several times during its seventy years of military usage, as its role evolved in the river's defensive system. It was initially a front-line fortification, supported by Shornemead Fort and Cliffe Fort located to the south and east respectively on the Kent shore. Over time, as batteries and forts further downriver became the front line of the Thames defences, Coalhouse Fort was stripped of its main weapons and its fabric was altered to support smaller quick-firing guns intended to be used against fast-moving surface and aerial targets. Its last military usage was as a training facility for a few years after the Second World War.
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  • This is a brilliant place. The restaurant closes at different times (latest 5pm) depending on how busy it is. The toilets where clean and everyone was friendly!! Parking was free and the place was gre...  more »
  • We go to the fort most days to walk the dogs the grounds are kept really clean and tidy. You can walk for miles and can go so many different routes. There's a pond to go crabbing, a park for kids and ...  more »
  • I used to escape to the marshes as a relief from living on the Bata Estate. The fort became a challenge for an 11-year old boy. How do you get in? I can't remember, but I did. It was a great adventure...  more »
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  • Lovely walks, longer and shorter, really nice cafe, dead interesting with the fort or the guys with their RC yachts in the mote. Excellent views of the Thames: Industrial and Natural. And loads of Pokemon it would seem.
  • Coalhouse fort is an amazing place with an organic feel that shows the story of its life. Everywhere you look in the fort you see signs of every stage of its story from Victorian coastal defence to WWI defence and WWII minefield and sky watching.
  • Nice place to visit or to just go for a walk. Toilet facilities are good.
  • Great place to take the kids to let them pokemon hunt and lovely shade from the tree's to have a lovely pic nick
  • Great place to visit and have a picnic