Tilbury Fort Travel Guide

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  • Tilbry Fort view
    Tilbry Fort view
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  • Tilbury Fort Magazines
    Tilbury Fort Magazines
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  • Tilbury Fort, defense of the Thames

    Tilbury Fort is the best preserved example of 17th century military engineering in England. The fortifications are both offensive and defensive in purpose. The heavy guns were placed along the walls facing the Thames, where its width is suddenly reduced to about 800 yards (730mtr) and with batteries at Gravesend opposite, produced an effective...

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  • Tilbury Fort general information

    .Opening TimesApril to September daily, 10am – 6pmOctober 10am – 5pmNovember to March 2004, 10am – 4pmClosed for lunch 1 – 2pm during winter hoursAdmission PricesAdult £3.00, Children £1.50, family ticket £7.50 (2 adults, 2 children) under 5’s free.InformationThis site provides an audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price.For the...

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  • Tilbury Fort information

    Within the main ammunition magazine. set in a large blockhouse in the parade ground, there is a room that contains information about Tilbury Fort and its history.

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  • Tilbury Fort Parade Gound

    This is a view of the parade ground within the surround of the Fort. As you can see, it is a large area and in adverse weather, there is little or no protection. I really would advise only visiting this place on nice days!

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  • Tilbury Fort tunnels

    The underground magazines were accessed by means of small, darkly lit tunnels. Although these magazines were originally all connected and ran through to two large rooms that was a detached magazine within the bastions of the fort, they are now blocked off at the end. Lights were not allowed in, or near, the magazines. The only lights that were...

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  • Tilbury Fort Gun Powder

    This picture shows a representation of gun powder kegs that would have been stored in the room shown in the last picture.The metal bands holding the barrels together would have been made of copper. Copper was used instead of iron because copper does not create sparks when scraped together. An important factor when dealing with gun powder!

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  • Tilbury Fort Magazines (below ground)

    This is one of the rooms that is situated below ground, immediately below the magazines shown in the last picture. On the right of the room in the ceiling, you can see a round hole. It was through this hole that munitions were passed up to the magazine above.

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  • Tilbury Fort Magazines

    Beside each gun position was a small expense magazine for ammunition built in brick with a vaulted roof, which contained a lift shaft from the cartridge and shell magazines that were embedded in the walls below.

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  • Tilbury Fort Gun view

    This is a view over the head of the River Thames from an artillery position. If you look closely, you can see a semi-circular rail set into the floor. The rear end of the gun had a small wheel on it which ran along this rail and was an aid to the gunners when they had to re-position the gun.You can see how effective this Fort would have been in...

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