Historical parishes of Thurrock

East Tilbury

Parish facts:

  • Site of one of the first two Christian monasteries set up by Saint Cedd in 635 AD, one at Bradwell the other at Tilaburg (Tilbury) and probably located at St. Catherine's, church, East Tilbury, on an ancient highway and Thames ferry or crossing point.

  • In 1930 Thomak Bata completes the purchase of farm land, just north of the old village of East Tilbury. Here he intends to build a new shoe factory, built on the same blue print as used at Zlin in Czechoslovakia. He was killed in an air crash soon afterwards and never saw the factory completed. On the 14th October 1938, Bata Shoe company opened a cinema within its purpose built factory and residential estate at East Tilbury. The cinema had 400 seats, was coloured internally in Pink & Blue and was equipped with 2 Phillips Projectors. The building had the latest sound and ventilation equipment.

  • The new Bat Man film 'Batman begins' 2005, was partly filmed in Coalhouse Fort.