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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.

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Defence of Britain Archive LinkExternal linkKeywords: Pillbox, Pill Box, WWII
by Oast House Archive

Created: Wed, 30 Jun 2010, Updated: Fri, 18 Sep 2015


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TR1938 : Pillbox on Cheriton Hill by David Anstiss
TM2623 : The Beach, Walton on the Naze, Essex by Christine Matthews
TQ5835 : Pill Box on The Green, Frant by Oast House Archive
TR0434 : Kissing gate on the Royal Military Canal Path near Marshland Sewer by David Anstiss
SK9100 : Pillbox near Morcott by Alan Murray-Rust
NZ0449 : Pillbox at Shield Farm, Muggleswick by Alan Murray-Rust
SK6236 : Pillbox at Tollerton airfield (DoB S0000661) by Alan Murray-Rust
TR2038 : Pillbox near Gibraltar Lane by David Anstiss
TR2238 : Pillbox on Crete Road East (2) by David Anstiss
TQ8226 : Pillbox near dyke beside River Rother by David Anstiss
TL8543 : Second World War Pillbox by PAUL FARMER
SK6135 : Pillbox at Tollerton Airfield by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ8496 : Pillbox, South Fambridge sea wall by Paul Jones
TR3155 : Pillbox on Statenborough Lane by David Anstiss
NJ3266 : Pillbox by Anne Burgess
NJ9510 : Pillbox on the beach near Bridge of Don, Aberdeen by Malc McDonald
TR0233 : Royal Military Canal to Bilsington by David Anstiss
TR2754 : Pillbox near Upper Rowling Farm by David Anstiss
NJ3067 : Pillbox and shingle bank, Innes Links by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ3265 : Pillbox near Kingston by Alan Murray-Rust
TF3754 : Pillbox at Lade Bank Pumping Station by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ9245 : Pillbox in Pluckley by David Anstiss
TQ5143 : Pillbox in Warren Farm by David Anstiss
TQ8913 : Type 22 Pillbox at Pett Level by PAUL FARMER
TL3170 : Pillbox at St Ives by Alan Murray-Rust

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