4.4.59 Tilbury, Essex

The productive site at Tilbury is situated on the north bank of the River Thames below London To the north is an area that was once marshland and to the north of that there is higher ground on which the villages of Chadwell St Mary, West and East Tilbury are situated. Tilbury became an important river crossing, connected by ferry to Gravesend on the south side of the Thames.

Two adjoining fields were worked by several detectorists during the late 1980s and 1990s, recovering large numbers of coins. The site takes off suddenly after AD 700 and 80% of the coins are in the first half of the 8th century. The pattern of coin loss is identical to that of Hamwic, and it has been suggested that the site bridged local and inter-regional trade via the Thames. The trading site may be associated with a monastic foundation by Cedd (Palmer 2003, 54). No archaeological work has been undertaken on the 'productive site' but there is extensive Middle Saxon evidence from Orsett in East Tilbury. The VASLE dataset is derived solely from the EMC.

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