TQ4480 : Gallions Reach WW2 defences

taken 16 years ago, near to Thamesmead, Greenwich, England

Gallions Reach WW2 defences
Gallions Reach WW2 defences
Two unusual WW2 defences overlooking Gallions Reach are slowly sliding down towards the river. Next to each other on the banks of the Thames are these variants. The pillbox behind is double-level with steps inside. It is covered in pitch. The pillbox in the foreground is a thin-walled brick variant, presumably a machine-gun emplacement. The area is littered with rubbish and debris including anti-tank concrete and rusting poles.

Both defences are in poor condition and badly vandalised. I had to walk a long way to find them and clamber down a very slippery river-bank to investigate these. Both appear to be unlisted by 'Defence of Britain'. If you have any more information about them, please email me. I have visited many pillboxes and never seen ones like this.

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Category: Pillboxes
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Gallions Reach [21] · River Bank [6] · Way [6] ·
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TQ4480, 133 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Julieanne Savage   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 10 February, 2008   (more nearby)
Thursday, 7 August, 2008
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 448 802 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.1518N 0:5.1681E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 448 801
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph (Fourth Visitor for TQ4480)
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