TL4359 : Neglected pillbox

taken 6 months ago, near to Histon, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Neglected pillbox
Neglected pillbox
At the edge of the Ascension burial ground in All Saints' Lane, this wartime relic is barely discernible, flanked by trees and overgrown with ivy. At the edge of the built-up area of Cambridge, looking over what are still open fields of the former University Farm towards the new settlement of Eddington, it was probably one of the many such defence posts erected in haste, in this case to forestall any possible assault on the city by Axis forces arriving (improbably) from the northwest.

"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
Saturday, 27 March, 2021   (more nearby)
Saturday, 27 March, 2021
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Burial ground, Crematorium  Defence, Military 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4353 5979 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:13.0578N 0:5.9744E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4354 5979
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Wartime Defences  Wartime Relic 

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