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Queen Elizabeth I unwisely placed her main army at Tilbury (see Speech to the Troops at Tilbury) where they would have found it difficult to cross the river and prevent the attacking Spanish army from capturing London after it had been landed in Kent by the Armada.
Work started on the current fort in 1670 by Sir Bernard de Gomme , the chief army engineer of Charles II. The fort was finished in 1680. It stopped being used for defensive purposes in 1950 and is now a national monument. The fort has several interesting features. The Water Gate is an ornate opening in the walls allowing access to the quay on the river. The defences consist of two moats, a ravelin and a redan.
Tilbury has two railway stations on the c2c rail route:
- Tilbury Town railway station
- Tilbury East railway station
Tilbury Riverside railway station was closed in 1990 and a bus service now connects Tilbury Town railway station and the ferry to Gravesend.
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