Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury - Thurrock (UA)

Ruined C19 armoured casemate fort on site of earlier battery; refortified for both World Wars. Severe water ingress to casemates; barrack blocks in severe disrepair. The generator house has now been repaired and converted to a café. An Historic England grant aided the repair of the gatehouse barrack block in 2011. Subsequent site surveys, in part funded through a Historic England Heritage at Risk grant were completed in early 2017, with the major repairs to make the site watertight continuing in 2018 with further Historic England grant assistance.

Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury - Thurrock (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Coalhouse Fort battery and artillery defences
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1013943
  • Local Planning Authority: Thurrock (UA)
  • Site Type: Defence > Coastal defence site


  • Building Name: Coalhouse Fort
  • Locality: Tilbury
  • Unitary Authority: Thurrock (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: South Basildon and East Thurrock
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Part occupied/part in use
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Local authority