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Report - WW2 Pillbox - Stonehouse - August 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by TallRich, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. TallRich

    TallRich 28DL Regular User
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    Hi Everyone, been meaning to post this one for a couple of weeks, but only just found the time. It's only a small site, but easy access and made for a good start to urbex as its right on our doorstep!
    I explored with Ourtcloud, and a couple of other friends.

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    Pillbox Ref:- CCR SO 7930 0499
    A type FW3/24 shell-proof pillbox. Constructed in 1940 using prefabricated concrete shuttering panels with a rear brick porch, it is situated close to the River Frome, a field boundary and Bond’s Mill Industrial Estate, which was in use as a wartime factory, producing ammunition, and phosphorescent dials for aircraft amongst other things.
    This pillbox formed part of Stop-Line-Green, (otherwise known as The Bristol Defence Line), which ran for approximately 90 miles and included 18 miles of dug anti-tank ditch, around 370 pillboxes planned/built and over 250 road blocks.
    The pillbox would have supported up to 6 men armed with light machine guns and rifles.

    Some history on why these pillboxes were built:
    Information on this type of pillbox:
    This pillbox is still in good condition, although there is now a fair amount of graffiti present inside.

    outside, from the east
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    Ourtcloud and Carole at the entranceway
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    Some inside shots:
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    The view of Bond's Mill from one of the loopholes
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    Looking out along the River Frome
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    EXET!
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    Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed the pictures, and history of this site.

    TallRich
     

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