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Guns at Tilbury Fort

Above: the breech of the 12-pounder 12cwt Mark V gun on the gunline facing the Thames. It was manufactured in 1942.

 

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Tilbury Fort is an English Heritage site on the north shore of the River Thames. The fort we see today was laid out in the 17th century as a 'star' fort on the site of an earlier Henry VIII blockhouse.

 

In its history it has been a PoW camp for Highlanders captured at Culloden and was once commanded by Gordon of Khartoum. Gordon was responsible for the Victorian re-modelling. It has also featured in an episode of 'Sharpe'.

 

See:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilbury_Fort

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Taken on October 23, 2011