Demolition of a dock pub known to thousands of seamen.
Station Tavern just inside the dock gate at Tilbury.
The upper bars accessed from a walkway were known as 'Top Canteen'.
The bar at ground level was the 'Chainlocker..
Same old story - progress!
The land is required for developement!!
There was an identical building to this near the
drydocks in Tilbury - the 'Basin Tavern'..
It was destroyed by the Luftwaffe in 1940.
HI STAN do you remeber BILL CHAMBELLwho had the TOP CANTEENin the fifties .HE had a launch of the RANCHI that was converted to a cabin crouser(cannot spell) and he named it the MARJON ,well my father in law was JACK WEBB. my self BILL capt THOMSON TEDDY PERKINS DADS BROTHER CHARLIE took the boat for a trail run down to HARTLEY ISLAND went to the pub on the island come 10 p.m asked the owner what time he closed he said, the policeman came over last month and we will not see him for another month so it was about 230.am when we left, but the jolly boat was way down the jetty so who had to swin out for ,yes it was me that had swim out to it .theSWALE is not warm in MAY KEN WILLIAMS