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Report - Bawdsey East Lane - 06/2008

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by phantom, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. phantom

    phantom Guest

    After talking to a Friend he mentioned that he went Fishing and played in a "Fort" when he was a Boy and that there was a fair bit to see in Bawdsey East Lane if I was intrested. So a few months ago I went for a wander and found this little lot.
    I don't have any back story or other information on the site, can anyone shed any light on this?

    Here are the Pics.

    Pillbox with a lookout Tower in the background.


    A local Artist apparently added the "Prisoner of War" Steelwork for an exhibition he held a few years ago.


    The lookout Tower.


    Looking into the (Semi-Flooded) Cellar.


    Looking out into the North Sea.


    A snap shot of the Internal Structure.


    Across the Car Park was the "Fort" mentioned by my Friend.







    Thanks for looking.

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  2. Stiemer

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    Re: Bawdsey East Lane - Report - ??/06/2008

    Found this earlier this year with number7, would like to know more about the prisoner of war metal work in the watch tower. Found this photograph of the gun that was used there. Great site, good photos.
  3. number7

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    Re: Bawdsey East Lane - Report - ??/06/2008

    did you stick your wellies on and have a wander around in there??,its like the tardis,i think the pill box is ww1,but like you say nothing then just on top of it,found a couple of pics i have some more of the inside if you want them let us know


    edit,forgot to add artist link,http://www.ifever.org.uk/works/prisoner.html
    #3 number7, Oct 20, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 20, 2008
  4. Ordnance

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    Re: Bawdsey East Lane - Report - ??/06/2008




    Grid Reference
    TM 357 401

    List Grade

    Conservation Area

    A 2-Storey reinforced concrete observation post, built in 1940 as the operational focal point of the local Emergency Coastal Defence Battery. An integral part of an exceptionally complete World war Two coastal defence system.

    Suggested/Favoured Use
    Conversion to Holiday let or wildlife observation tower.


    Reason for Risk
    The in situ concrete walls are badly affected by spalling/reinforcement corrosion.

    P J Mann, High House Bawdsey, Woodbridge IP12 3AW

    Current Availability
    For sale

    Planning permission was granted in April 2003 for change of use to holiday unit.

    Robert Scrimgeour (01394) 444616
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