TR0233 : Royal Military Canal to Bilsington

near to Ruckinge, Kent, Great Britain

Royal Military Canal to Bilsington
Royal Military Canal to Bilsington
As seen from Marsh Road bridge. This section leads towards Bilsington.
On the left is a pillbox for the 2nd World War defence.
Royal Military Canal
The Royal Military Canal stretches for 28 miles hugging the old cliff line that borders the Romney Marsh from Hythe in the north east to Cliff End in the south west. It was built as a third line of defence against Napoleon, after the British Royal Navy patrolling the English Channel and the line of 74 Martello Towers built along the south coast. The Royal Military Canal was constructed in two sections. The longest section starts at Hythe in Kent and ends at Iden Lock in East Sussex. The second smaller section runs from the foot of Winchelsea Hill to Cliff End. Both sections are linked by the Rivers Rother and Brede.

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"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.

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Sunday, 21 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 23 February, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! TR 027 334 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.8481N 0:53.4986E
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