Coalhouse Fort Project

Run entirely by volunteers since 1983, the Coalhouse Fort Project has worked to keep this historical and unique location open to the public so an important fortification, like so many others, is not lost.
The Coalhouse Fort Project was set up in 1983 by a dedicated team of volunteers.  Leased from Thurrock Council, with the aim of restoring the fort.  The Fort is set within several acres of Green Flag parkland next to the River Thames and is currently undergoing refurbishment.

Constructed between 1861 and 1874, the Fort cost an estimated £130,000 and was built to defend the Thames from a potential invasion by France.  Forts were also built on the opposite side of the Thames in Kent, at Cliffe and Shorenmead.  

Coalhouse served as a coastal defence battery during WW1 and WW2..  During WW2 it became a Degausing Monitor Station to help protect shipping from magnetic mines that were being deployed in the Thames estuary.    It was closed following the abolition of Coastal Defence in 1956 and used as storage for Bata shoes until the early 1960's.

We are open every last Sunday of the month (between March and September) and most bank holiday Mondays.

We host an annual Halloween event in October and a Remembrance Day in November and special event days throughout the year including our Classic Car Day.  If you are available to help out during any open day or on maintenance days, please Contact Us to show your interest.  If you would like to visit the Fort then please check our Open Days or if you are considering bringing a School/Group party then please Contact Us.

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Phone: 01375 842 306


Coalhouse Fort,
Princess Margaret Road,
East Tilbury,
RM18 8PB



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