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Tilbury, Thurrock

Tilbury is a town in the borough of Thurrock, Essex, England. As a settlement it is of relatively recent existence, although it has important historical connections, being the location of a 16th century fort and an ancient cross-river ferry. It is also the location of a modern deep-water port.
Post townTILBURY
Administrative CountyThurrock
Traditional CountyEssex
OS GridTQ6476
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01375
Population12,091 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Tilbury, Thurrock has been known in the past

Tilaburg ~ Tilbur ~ Tilbury Fort

Tilbury, Thurrock in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Tilbury, ry. sta. (and hotel, at Tilbury Docks), Essex, on river Thames, 22 miles E. of London, opposite Gravesend, with which it is connected by steam ferry; P.O. Tilbury Docks, with ry. sta., consist of a main dock (1818 ft. long, 600 wide, and 38 deep), and three branches (each 1600 ft. long and 38 deep - the Centre Branch Dock being 300 ft. wide, while each of the other two is 250 ft. wide); four large dry docks for repairs; and a tidal basin, with a water area of 19 ac., and a depth of 26 ft. at low-water spring tides and of 46 ft. below Trinity high-water mark. At the 14 quays (in the main and branch docks), which are 13,000 ft. in length, 32 steam vessels of the largest size can be berthed for loading or discharging, while the tidal basin enables the largest steamships to enter and leave irrespective of the condition of the tide. The Tilbury Docks, which are among the finest in the world, were formed by the East and West India Dock Company; they were commenced in 1882, and opened in 1886. Tilbury Fort, on E. side of sta., was erected in 1667 and extended in 1861, is strongly fortified, and forms the main defence of the Thames above Sheerness; near this place Queen Elizabeth reviewed her army at the time of the Spanish Armada.

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