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Tilbury Town Defences

In the civil parish of East Tilbury.
In the historic county of Essex.
Modern Authority of Thurrock.
1974 county of Essex.
Medieval County of Essex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ68907696
Latitude 51.46640° Longitude 0.43026°

Tilbury Town Defences has been described as a probable Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.


The townsmen received orders to impress workmen to dig fortifications in 1402, but the town was refortified in C16, since when all traces of the defences have been obliterated (Turner)

Commission, for one month, to Robert Gosholm, William Lee, Nicholas Denvs and John Archer to take labourers and workmen for the fortification of the town of Est Tilbury, co. Essex, with a wall of earth and garrets, which the men of the town intend to make for defence against French and other enemies. (CPR)

The more vulnerable and strategic East Tilbury, which was not on the location of the modern East Tilbury estate, but towards the river around C12 St Katherine Church (given map reference). Any defenses would probably have been destroyed by coastal erosion, the building of C19 Coalhouse Fort and Battery and by remodelling of tidal flood defences.
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