East Tilbury – St Catherine’s

We visited this church on a dreary day on March 28th 2019. I had got the postcode but had no idea that it was beside Coalhouse Fort. And as we explored the churchyard, we found a little gate out the back, which led to a raised walk down to the river Thames! We had no idea we were so close to the water. However, because time was pressing and the weather was miserable, we didn’t go down to the river, but will come back and explore on a nicer day.

The church was closed.

St Catherine’s – East Tilbury


West Tilbury – St James (closed)

We passed by this church on 27th March 2019, on a dull day weather-wise.

This church was closed in 1979 and now appears to be a private residence. There are stone dragons on the top of the lych gate, and a large woodpile, so presumably there is a wood-burning stove inside. Also several lamps in the grounds, they don’t look like church lamps. Visitors still have access to the churchyard, although the church itself and its grounds are private.

This church is visible from the Tilbury loop railway line, and I have always been curious about it.