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Report - Spigot Mortar at Brookmans Park


Honeybadger

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Just a quick report on the remains of the base of a Spigot Mortar position in Brookmans Park.

The Spigot Mortar, also known as the Blacker Bombard, was designed in the 1930's but didn't enter service until 1941 and was to be used in the defensive role in the event of an invasion by Germany. This particular one was part of the London inner defensive ring and was also part of the defences for the BBC transmitting station close by.

More about the Spigot Mortar can be found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacker_Bombard and the Brookmans Park transmitting station here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brookmans_Park_transmitting_station
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Edited because I'm a silly idiot who forgot to attach the photos
 

CureForPain

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28DL Full Member
That's in unusually good condition, nice find! Is this one marked on the Defence Of Britain database already?
 

Honeybadger

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Thanks. I'm not sure I can really take credit for finding it though as all I did was got the grid reference from a local history website.

I was surprised about the condition of it too, especially as it's right on a footpath and that most of the other similar defences are either trashed or bricked up
 

Ordnance

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There is the pillar only complete with stainless steel pin buried in the corner of my garden, I know its there but not seen it for years! My house used to be the local Home Guard HQ and location overlooks the High Street and Railway Crossing.
 

Ordnance

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At one time I was thinking about it, but SWMBO vetoed the idea :oops: but did allow the local historic group to do a dig around 5 years ago, which is when I last saw it and knew that the surrounding trenches are not there. I will see if I can get a picture from them.

My Victorian town house has a undercroft complete with coal bunker where two of the rooms have steel doors and it is said that one was the armoury and the other the CQMS store with the coal bunker once having a wooden platform so it could be used as a defensive position (not sure about that!) although anything was possible as the Home Guard were very inventive LoL In later years it was a retirement home before I bought it at auction in the 1990's
 

Rik UE

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Wow thats in pretty good nick and never seen one of those placements before, thanks for sharing!
 

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