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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st March 1968 Hill, Hawkins and Coghill's musical premieres in London
21st March 1963 David Hendon and Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
21st March 1958 Actor Gary Oldman was born in New Cross, London.
21st March 1925 Born today: Peter Brook, London, director (1776)/TV writer
21st March 1888 Arthur Pinero's Sweet Lavender, premieres in London
21st March 1853 Alfred Cops, zookeeper at the Tower of London, died at the Tower of London 18 years after his menagerie closed.
21st March 1681 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
Restored fort on the banks of the Thames at Tilbury.
Location: Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8PB
Description: This Victorian coastal defence fort was built between 1861 and 1864, near the foundations of an earlier Henrician blockhouse costing about 130,000.
It provided armament between 1874 and the end of World War II when it became a degaussing station.
It was originally built as part of the Palmerston Folly Forts to defend against Europe after Henry VIII abolished Catholicism in England.
Forts were also built on the opposite side of the Thames, in Kent, at Cliff and Shorne.
This first line of defence was backed up by two more upgraded forts at Tilbury and Gravesend.