TQ5243 : Pillbox near the River Eden

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

Pillbox near the River Eden
Pillbox near the River Eden
There are many of these second World War wartime defensive positions along the River Medway and also the River Eden. This is seen from the Penshurst Estate Trail near Riverside House in Penhurst. The trees in the background are along the River Eden.
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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Date Taken
Sunday, 31 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 3 February, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 520 431 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:10.0212N 0:10.4369E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 521 431
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