London Tilbury

Tilbury is a town in the county of Essex, situated on the north bank of the River Thames. The area on which the town is built was originally a salt marsh and was settled upon in the 12th Century.  

Today, Tilbury’s main economy is built around its large container port, which is the main port for London. It is located approximately twenty-five miles from London Bridge, towards the Thames Estuary, where the river narrows to a width of around eight hundred yards. It is the main port for the importation of paper, cars, and grain in Great Britain.

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A town in the county of Essex

The most historic attraction is Tilbury Fort

Tilbury’s most historic attraction is Tilbury Fort, which is about a ten-minute car journey from the town centre. It was originally built in 1539 during the reign of Henry VIII, as a defence point for attacks on London from the sea, during the Spanish Armada and the Anglo-Dutch Wars. The present layout of the fort was completed in 1672, at the time of Charles II and still retains the moats and bastion to this day. Cannons are still in place inside the fort walls today. It was also a station for the British Forces’ anti-aircraft guns during the First World War. The museum inside the fort has displays on its military history, including guns and gunpowder barrels as well as an audio tour, which recites Queen Elizabeth I’s Armada Speech.  

About two miles from the centre of Tilbury, in Grays, is the Thurrock Museum, which charts the development of Tilbury’s docks as well as the history of the area. There are over forty permanent displays containing artefacts and accounts, covering 250,000 years of the areas past. Some of these displays include coins dating back to 75 BC, prehistoric flint tools and Roman pottery. There are also paintings documenting Tilbury’s role in the country’s heritage such as “Wind Against the Tide”, a painting of Tilbury Fort (c.1850) and “Queen Elizabeth’s Armada Speech”. Admission is free and opening times are 9am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, although closing time is at 5 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The museum is closed on Sundays and bank holidays.  

The Essex countryside has many recreation areas, such as Langdon Hills, which is around three to four miles away from Tilbury town centre. This area was a popular destination for the people of East London during the first half of the 20th Century, where they had cottages and holiday homes situated around Langdon Hills Park. One house in the park is open to visitors, and documents what life was like in the cottages - especially during the Second World War. Langdon Hills Park is a popular tourist spot in mid-Spring, when the area comes into bloom, with bluebells covering the fields and woodlands.  

The main road leading to Tilbury is the A13, and connects the area to the rest of London and the M25. Journey time to the centre of London is roughly forty-five minutes to an hour. A train service, provided by C2C, also connects Tilbury to Fenchurch Street Station in London. Trains leave regularly seven days a week, with an approximate journey time of forty-five minutes.

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