White’s Directory of Essex 1848
TILBURY (EAST) is an ancient village on the north bank of the Thames, at the east end of Gravesend Reach, and at the south end of that broad bend of the river, commonly called The Hope; about 2½ miles East by North of Tilbury Fort, and 16 miles East South East of Romford.
Before the Conquest this parish was held by a freeman, and at the Domesday Survey, Tedric Pointel, and his under-tenant, Hunald, held it.
- Coalhouse Fort
- Used regularly for filming, including for the film ‘Batman Begins’
- Some of you will remember this being filmed inside the fort and down by the radar tower back in the Autumn. It’s called The Third Day and stars Jude Law, also the TV programmes ‘Taboo’ and ‘Spooks’. As well as ghost hunts
- a relatively quiet location, free from the noise of passing traffic
- a ranger and team on site with expert knowledge of the grounds and support for filming
- Scheduled Ancient Monument status, located within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a RAMSAR conservation wetland site.
Local Wildlife by Nick Lay Photographer and guide
It was just a hobby at first but now it’s my passion in life.. Not just the photography side of things I class that as just recording what I’ve seen.. My wildlife sightings list is huge as you can imagine..education is what it’s about for me now especially for the next generation.
If its wildlife and local landscape anything to do with the local wildlife I can help. Anything from water voles to owls badges foxes Kingfishers you name it. I’m a local wildlife photographer so I know the area well.
All pictures are taken in and around the Thamesview Campsite area
Along the sea wall
The London Cruise Terminal
The London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury is London’s only deep water purpose-built cruise facility, situated at the gateway to London, just 22 nautical miles down river from Tower Bridge. Tilbury has become increasingly popular as a turnaround port for Baltic and Northern European destinations but it is also perfectly placed for transit calls to visit England’s capital city, Kent and the south east.
The M25 is just 7 miles from the London Cruise Terminal offering easy access for coach excursions to Central London (25 miles) or to Kent.
The Tilbury to Kent Ferry
The Roman road called Higham causeway, of which some traces yet remains, between Rochester and Higham, points in the direction of the ancient ferry, of East Tilbury, which is believed to have been the place where the Emperor Claudius crossed the Thames in pursuit of the Britons, as related by Dion Cassius.
RSPB Stanford Wharf
Stanford Wharf has been created to provide a home for wildlife, in particular wintering wading birds like avocet and curlew. The intertidal mudflat here forms one part of the internationally important Thames estuary. Enjoy a walk with superb views towards another RSPB reserve, Cliffe Pools.
Thameside Nature Discovery Park
A stunning and innovative visitor centre built on a former landfill site, with superb views over Mucking Flats SSSI and the Thames Estuary (SPA). Footpaths and cycle ways in 120 acres of nature park, which will expand to 845 acres. Great birdwatching, insect watching and ship watching.
Tilbury Fort on the Thames estuary has protected London’s seaward approach from the 16th century through to the Second World War.
Henry VIII built the first fort here, and Queen Elizabeth I famously rallied her army nearby to face the threat of the Armada. The present fort is much the best example of its type in England, with its circuit of moats and bastioned outworks.
Spend a great family day out here as you explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder or enter the bastion magazine passages and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here. Our exhibition traces the role of the fort in the defence of London.