Saturday 5th April
Reiss and I decided to take the dog for a family outing/photography trip to Coalhouse Fort situated in East Tilbury on The Thames’ Estuary.
“Strategically placed on the Essex peninsular, Coalhouse Point, this unique site has been developed as a defensive position from 1402. With a near 180 degree arc of fire across the bend in the River Thames at Stanford-le-Hope and back towards London this location was chosen as earthwork defences, Henrician blockhouse and the Victorian Coastal Defence fortress which stands today.”
There are many aspects to the area now, which include; a park area with a zip wire and picnic benches, marshland areas, the coastal area on the estuary including the watch tower, the Fort itself and some inlet water areas. Reiss and I didn’t venture into the Fort as it is only open on set days throughout the year, however the surrounding area is fascinating and offered fantastic photography opportunities.
In the opposite direction, a power plant is in full view. A stark contrast to the natural beauty around you in the park area.
The lookout tower has fallen into disrepair and has had some railings removed to stop the public getting to it.
Lastly their was the ‘beach’ area, it had so many wooden structures that have just been left to rot. They really were beautiful.
I don’t know if Reiss was aware that I was taking this picture, but he looked straight at me 🙂