TQ5342 : Guarding the River Medway

taken 8 years ago, near to Penshurst, Kent, Great Britain

Guarding the River Medway
Guarding the River Medway
Along this river plain near Penshurst are many pillboxes built for the Second World War. Most have stayed intact. The River Medway is in the background with the trees.
Pillboxes
"Pillboxes" were military bunkers built during World War II in 1940 and into 1941. They were built in strategic places near Rivers, Railways and road junctions, creating a network of defences across Great Britain. 28,000 pill boxes were built, and about a fifth still survive. The construction was typically in concrete, sometimes with bricks externally which was used as shuttering during the construction. They came in different shapes and sizes; most common in hexagonal and octagonal shapes.

The largest number of pill boxes are found in the South-East of England closest to the threat of German invaders.

Pillbox study group LinkExternal link

Defence of Britain Archive LinkExternal link


Keywords: Pillbox, Pill Box, WWII
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TQ5342, 103 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 31 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 3 February, 2010
Category
Pillboxes   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 531 425 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:9.6974N 0:11.3056E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 530 425
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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