£1million boost will make fort ‘mecca for history buffs’

Southend Standard: £1million boost will make fort ‘mecca for history buffs’ £1million boost will make fort ‘mecca for history buffs’

THE iconic Coalhouse Fort, in East Tilbury, will get a £1million boost.

The historic 19th century building will get a new cafe, revamped toilet and information block, plus an improved base for the park’s rangers.

Access will be improved, fencing, paving, and minor works will be done to one of the gun towers and an education officer will be employed to take parties on four tours.

Lynn Worrall, Thurrock councillor responsible for communities, said: “This money will turn Coalhouse from a fascinating, but little known, jewel in Thurrock’s crown, to a Mecca for history buffs across the world.”

The move comes after Thurrock Council secured a £790,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This will be added to the £110,000 being offered by the Veolia North Thames Trust, along with further funds being stumped up by the council.

The fort was built between 1861 and 1874 – at a cost of about £130,000 – to defend the Thames from a potentital invasion by France.

It was closed following the abolition of coastal defences in 1956, but today its beautiful grounds are ideal for strolling.

In 2005, the fort was used as a Bhutenese prison in Hollywood hit, Batman Begins.

Councillor Cathy Kent, the council’s representative on the Coalhouse Fort Project, added: “This is tremendous news for the fort, the local community and Thurrock.”

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5:43pm Thu 19 Dec 13

John Bull 40 says...

Good news, well worth a visit and a tour.
Good news, well worth a visit and a tour. John Bull 40

5:57pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Fantastic place. Something good to read about for a change. I love this place, it's fascinating and atmospheric.

It's been on Most Haunted - they had to do two programmes on it. And the Halloween night there is absolutely brilliant for the kids. Watch out for it next year. Their theme days are great too.

You can explore the Thames shoreline from there easily, it's just a short distance.

Well worth a visit - better to make it more than one visit.
Fantastic place. Something good to read about for a change. I love this place, it's fascinating and atmospheric. It's been on Most Haunted - they had to do two programmes on it. And the Halloween night there is absolutely brilliant for the kids. Watch out for it next year. Their theme days are great too. You can explore the Thames shoreline from there easily, it's just a short distance. Well worth a visit - better to make it more than one visit. Kim Gandy

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