TQ5876 : Pillbox on the River Thames near Stone Ness and Dartford Bridge

taken 10 years ago, near to Greenhithe, Kent, Great Britain

Pillbox on the River Thames near Stone Ness and Dartford Bridge
Pillbox on the River Thames near Stone Ness and Dartford Bridge
Beside a riverside path on a river flood wall between Purfleet and Grays.

Pillbox is covered in graffiti/'artworks' as is the river flood wall. See also TQ5976 : "Master of Art and Truth".

In the background heading over the River Thames, is the (Queen Elizabeth II Bridge) Dartford Bridge.
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

Queen Elizabeth II bridge :: TQ5776

The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge is a 137m high and 812m long cable-stayed road bridge across the River Thames, part of the Dartford Crossing on the A282 (M25 motorway link). It was opened in 1991 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Wikipedia LinkExternal link

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TQ5876, 66 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 7 November, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 7 November, 2012
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Roads, Road transport  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5826 7628 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.8022N 0:16.6101E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5831 7626
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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