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Coalhouse Fort

Coalhouse Fort is a fine example of a Victorian fort built in 1861-74 to protect the Thames and London from invasion. The building work was overseen by Charles George Gordon C.B., Royal Engineers, appointed to conduct improvements to the Thames defences, who later became famous as Lt. General Gordon of Khartoum, killed while defending Khartoum in 1885. There is a free IPhone application called "Thurrock Mobile Explorer" which provides a commentary by Jonathan Catton on the various buildings around the fort. For those without an Iphone, a device can be hired from the information centre by prior arrangement. There is more information about this facility here.

Housed in the fort is the Coalhouse Fort museum, which largely concentrates on military objects and memorabilia.

The fort was featured on a BBC TV series about historic monuments "at risk" in August 2003. For more information click here.

More information about the fort can be found on the Coalhouse Fort website :