East Tilbury

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East Tilbury
East Tilbury is located in Essex
East Tilbury
East Tilbury
East Tilbury shown within Essex
Population Maximum 6402 (2001)[1]
6,363 (2011 Thurrock Ward) [2]
OS grid reference TQ688768
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TILBURY
Postcode district RM18
Dialling code 01375
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
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Coordinates: 51°27′57″N 0°25′46″E / 51.4657°N 0.4294°E / 51.4657; 0.4294

East Tilbury is a village in the unitary authority of Thurrock borough, Essex, England and one of the traditional (Church of England) parishes in Thurrock.


In Saxon times, the location on which the church now stands was surrounded by tidal marshland. This is the probable location for the minster church established by St Cedd at Tilaburg[3] which is mentioned in Bede's History of the English Church.

In the 1860s, Coalhouse Fort was constructed on the bank of the Thames, close to the parish church. This fort was an active part of the defences of London up to and including World War II, having originally been developed as a precaution against French ironclads approaching London up the Thames it was refortified with new armaments as threats changed over the years.

From 1894 to 1936 East Tilbury was part of the Orsett Rural District.[4] The East Tilbury Civil Parish was abolished in 1936 when the area became part of Thurrock Urban District.[5]

The Bata Factory by John Winfield

The construction of a Bata Shoes factory in the 1930s resulted in substantial development in East Tilbury. The factory has since closed down.[6]

The Bata company developed not only a factory, but also a town for workers, built in the modernist style, and a sizeable estate of listed buildings remains. A sizeable Czech workforce was relocated here, and has merged into the local community after connections were lost with Czechoslovakia after World War II . John Tusa's father became manager of the factory.


East Tilbury is served by modern infants and junior schools sharing a site opposite the old Bata factory and adjacent to parkland. The junior school recently acquired foundation status.[1]

Communications and facilities[edit]

The town is served by East Tilbury railway station on the Tilbury branch of the c2c service from London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central via Ockendon. East Tilbury is also served by the Amber Coaches bus route 374 which operates between Grays bus station and Basildon on Mondays to Saturdays.

It is located about 2 miles south of the A13 road from London to Southend.

East Tilbury does not have a developed shopping centre; its nearest major retail centres are located at Basildon and Lakeside.


The area forms part of the Thames Gateway redevelopment zone and responsibility for delivery in this area is with the Thurrock Development Corporation.[7] Large sections of Metropolitan Green Belt land have been earmarked for development;[8] it is expected to include 14,000 homes and provide 20,000 jobs.[9] East Tilbury is one of seven conservation areas in Thurrock.[10]

On the northern end of the town is a small park called 'Gobion Park'. This got a development grant in 2009 of £50,000.[11] The name may have come from Sir Richard Gobion from UpHavering.[12]


  1. ^ "East Tilbury ward profile" (PDF). www.thurrock-community.org.uk. December 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "Thurrock ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  3. ^ A Saunders Chapel-Hospital-Blockhouse?, Panorama, The Journal of the Thurrock Local History Society, Volume 13, 1970
  4. ^ Vision of Britain – Orsett RD. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
  5. ^ Vision of Britain – East Tilbury parish (historic map). Retrieved 9 November 2006.
  6. ^ GuardianWelcome to Bata-ville. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
  7. ^ OPSIThe Thurrock Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2003. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
  8. ^ European Agricultural Investment ServicesDevelopers aim to use 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) of green belt. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
  9. ^ GuardianRow looms over plan for Thames new town. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
  10. ^ Thurrock Council | Natural & Historic Environment | Conservation Areas in Th
  11. ^ "Cash handout for playgrounds". basildonrecorder.co.uk. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  12. ^ [From: 'Romford: Manors and other estates', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7 (1978), pp. 64–72. url: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42816 Date accessed: 18 October 2012.]

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