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Today is Saint Barbara day,Saint Barbara is the patron saint of miners, military engineers, gunners and anyone who works...
04/12/2023

Today is Saint Barbara day,
Saint Barbara is the patron saint of miners, military engineers, gunners and anyone who works with gunpowder explosives and especially artillery men. πŸ’₯

Snowing at Tilbury Fort β„πŸŒ¨
01/12/2023

Snowing at Tilbury Fort β„πŸŒ¨

Lest we forget
11/11/2023

Lest we forget

Sunshine after the rain here at Tilbury Fort πŸ‚
04/11/2023

Sunshine after the rain here at Tilbury Fort πŸ‚

01/11/2023

⚠️ Due to the forecast storm Ciaran tomorrow, Thursday 2nd November, the Fort will remain closed for the safety of our staff, visitors and building fabric
Thank you for your understanding. ⚠️

πŸŽƒ πŸ‘» Happy Halloween πŸ‘» πŸŽƒDid you know that the master gunners store house was once a place of quarantine for the sick, and...
31/10/2023

πŸŽƒ πŸ‘» Happy Halloween πŸ‘» πŸŽƒ
Did you know that the master gunners store house was once a place of quarantine for the sick, and became the mortuary and was eventually named the dead house. The room photographed here showing what could be a spooky orb of light 😱

πŸŽƒ Happy Halloween weekend from all at Tilbury Fort πŸŽƒ Did you you know that Tilbury Fort has many deaths in its history, ...
29/10/2023

πŸŽƒ Happy Halloween weekend from all at Tilbury Fort πŸŽƒ
Did you you know that Tilbury Fort has many deaths in its history, including 45 Jacobite prisoners who died of disease while incarcerated there. Staff often experience the sound of footsteps in the chapel when there is no one there, disembodied voices and have even heard whistling in the guard house πŸ‘»

🐱Today is national cat day, and our memories return to 2019 when Tilbury Fort was a Film location for The Electrical Lif...
29/10/2023

🐱Today is national cat day, and our memories return to 2019 when Tilbury Fort was a Film location for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, based on the extraordinary true story about the 19th century British artist who painted surreal cat paintings, staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy 🐱🎬

πŸŽƒ Happy Halloween from all at Tilbury Fort πŸŽƒ Did you you know that Tilbury Fort has many deaths in its history, includin...
29/10/2023

πŸŽƒ Happy Halloween from all at Tilbury Fort πŸŽƒ
Did you you know that Tilbury Fort has many deaths in its history, including 45 Jacobite prisoners who died of disease while incarcerated there. Staff often experience the sound of footsteps in the chapel when there is no one there, disembodied voices and have even heard whistling in the guard house πŸ‘»

Its been a great half term week with beautiful weather for October πŸ‚πŸ
27/10/2023

Its been a great half term week with beautiful weather for October πŸ‚πŸ

Tilbury Fort hosted a visit by the Fortresses Study Group & the International Fortresses council today, were they was tr...
20/10/2023

Tilbury Fort hosted a visit by the Fortresses Study Group & the International Fortresses council today, were they was treated to a fantastic talk by English Heritage Senior Historian and author of the Tilbury fort guide book Paul Pattison, seen here in the garrison chapel

19/10/2023

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Did you hear us on the radio today interviewed by presenter Akylah Rodriguez, catch it on play again πŸ“»
13/10/2023

Did you hear us on the radio today interviewed by presenter Akylah Rodriguez, catch it on play again πŸ“»

On this day 4th October 1842 the last Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury Fort, Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole died at the age o...
04/10/2023

On this day 4th October 1842 the last Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury Fort, Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole died at the age of 70.

Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole was the second son of William Willoughby Cole, 1st Earl of Enniskillen. He had an active political and Army career. He was commissioned a Cornet in 1787 and served in the West Indies, Egypt and Ireland. In1806 he served as Brigadier General and commanded the 1st Brigade at the Battle of Maida in Sicily. He was promoted in1808 to Major-General then to Lieutenant-General in 1813 and by 1830 he achieved full General.
He was Colonel of the 27th Foot and commanded the 4th Division in the Peninsular war under the Duke of Wellington in which he played a decisive role and received wounds at the Battle of Albuera, and was also wounded at the battle of Salamanca.

Having served with distinction he received the Army Gold Cross with four clasps, and was invested as Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath in 1815.

He was MP in the Irish House of Commons and in 1803 represented Fermanagh in the British House of Commons.
Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole held the post of Governor of Gravesend and Tilbury from 1818 till his death in 1842 and was the last to hold this post.

Portrait by William Dyce, courtesy the National Portrait Gallery .

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Just one more week to see this exhibition πŸ–ΌπŸŽ¨
28/09/2023

Just one more week to see this exhibition πŸ–ΌπŸŽ¨

Our sister site, Tilbury Fort, is hosting a small art exhibition by artist Anna Keen, as part of the Thames Festival. β€˜Wandering the Wilderness of Tilbury’ is on until 1 Oct and well worth a visit. >>> https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tilbury-fort/

Today we welcomed Tilbury Riverside Project guides, to talk about the herican Blockhouse's that protected the Thames in ...
23/09/2023

Today we welcomed Tilbury Riverside Project guides, to talk about the herican Blockhouse's that protected the Thames in the 16th century. From Tilbury Fort they ventured over the Gravesend to continue their tour

It's not every day we get visited by the Famous General Gordon, but yesterday he graced our fort for an inspection of ba...
23/09/2023

It's not every day we get visited by the Famous General Gordon, but yesterday he graced our fort for an inspection of bastions and took some time for some quiet prayer in our chapel.
Thank you Hysterical History

The Thames Festival has begun!We are honoured to hosting a small art exhibition by artist Anna Keen, as part of the arti...
17/09/2023

The Thames Festival has begun!
We are honoured to hosting a small art exhibition by artist Anna Keen, as part of the artistic program of Totally Thames is on till 1st Oct in Tilbury Fort near London β€˜Wandering the Wilderness of Tilbury’ πŸ–Ό 🎨

On this day 7th September 1533 Elizabeth 1st was born, who went on the be Queen of England and famously rallied the Engl...
07/09/2023

On this day 7th September 1533 Elizabeth 1st was born, who went on the be Queen of England and famously rallied the English army at Tilbury with her famous Tilbury Speach 1588

Here are some more photos from the living history weekend. What a great way to round up the summer holidays with a hazza...
04/09/2023

Here are some more photos from the living history weekend. What a great way to round up the summer holidays with a hazzar from the 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot & Wellington's Artillery. A big thank you to the reenactors for putting on such a great weekend πŸ’‚β€β™‚οΈ

Sgt Reeves giving a talk about life in Wellingtons Artillery πŸ’‚β€β™‚οΈ
03/09/2023

Sgt Reeves giving a talk about life in Wellingtons Artillery πŸ’‚β€β™‚οΈ

44th East Essex Regiment of Foot & Wellington's Artillery  camp and living history, photos from yesterday and more of th...
03/09/2023

44th East Essex Regiment of Foot & Wellington's Artillery camp and living history, photos from yesterday and more of the same today, 'hazzar' πŸ’‚β€β™‚οΈ

This weekend at Tilbury Fort the soldiers of the 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot and Wellington's Artillery will be rea...
01/09/2023

This weekend at Tilbury Fort the soldiers of the 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot and Wellington's Artillery will be reacting soldiers life on campaign of the Napoleonic era πŸ’‚β€β™‚οΈ

πŸ“£ Bank holiday Monday tomorrow and we are open πŸ“£
27/08/2023

πŸ“£ Bank holiday Monday tomorrow and we are open πŸ“£

Our friends at the Old Royal Naval College are holding a talk by historian Simon Thurley about Christopher Wren please s...
26/08/2023

Our friends at the Old Royal Naval College are holding a talk by historian Simon Thurley about Christopher Wren please see details in the post below

: When Sir Christopher Wren built the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, he was working to a very tight budget of Β£500. In order to cut costs, he recycled bricks from a fort in Tilbury and reused wood, iron and lead from a demolished gatehouse at the Tower of London.

Join us for a fascinating lecture about Wren on September 20 with historian Simon Thurley CBE, presenting new research.

Find out more:

https://ornc.org/whats-on/wren-london-series-simon-thurley/

Today we pay tribute to and remember Historian, Archaeologist and curator of Thurrock Museum Jonathan Catton 18th Decemb...
25/08/2023

Today we pay tribute to and remember Historian, Archaeologist and curator of Thurrock Museum Jonathan Catton 18th December 1955 – 25th August 2016
Jonathan was an inspiration to all who knew and worked with him. His knowledge and passion for the history of Thurrock was unsurpassed.

It's been busy behind the scenes at the fort with maintenance, and this week we've had the replacement of the interpreta...
23/08/2023

It's been busy behind the scenes at the fort with maintenance, and this week we've had the replacement of the interpretation sign's around fort improving the visitor experience. In addition we have also had the audio guide pod catchers replaced. We hope enjoy these improvements πŸ‘

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