Innes Links, anti-invasion defences, Kingston to Lossiemouth :: Shared Description

The anti-invasion defences are of sufficient extent and historical importance that they are classified as a Scheduled Monument. They form the 'Right Sector' of the 'Defence Sector' along the Moray coast.

The primary element is a series of pillboxes linked by lines of anti-tank blocks which extend over a continuous length of just over 6km at the rear of the beach from near Kingston towards Lossiemouth. A further section of blocks and pillboxes to the west runs inland to the River Lossie near Coral Cottage. The line formerly extended further east to Kingston but this section has been destroyed by coastal erosion.

In addition to the line, there is a coastal battery close to the Boar's Head Rocks comprising two 6” gun emplacements with attendant searchlight platforms and the attendant engine houses, magazines and the accommodation camp based on an earlier fishing station.

Most of the pillboxes are now separated from the beach that they were intended to cover by the build-up of the 'Sea of Stones' shingle bank Link
which now overtops their intended field of fire.

The line was designated a Scheduled Monument in 2015, and details of it can be found here LinkExternal link and here LinkExternal link

In addition the site is recorded on the Defence of Britain section of the Archaeology Data Service which picks out a number of the individual structures. This can be downloaded in the form of a kml file which locates sites on Google Earth. LinkExternal link

For anyone who wants to got into even more detail, The Pillbox Study Group has created a similar file with individual references for each pillbox. These are the (PSG:....) references that appear in the descriptions for a number of the photos. LinkExternal link
(Warning: This is a very large file and will take some time to load in Google Earth. Do follow the instructions referred to!)
by Alan Murray-Rust

17 images use this description:

NJ2867 : Pillbox (PSG:e02461), Type FW3/24 by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ3265 : Pillbox near Kingston by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2967 : Fingerpost, Moray Coast Trail by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ3067 : Pillbox and shingle bank, Innes Links by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2867 : Pillbox (PSG:e10069) by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2967 : Pillbox (PSG:e10067) by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2967 : Pillbox (PSG:e10068) by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ3265 : Coastline near Kingston by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ3265 : Coastline near Kingston by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ3265 : Coastline at Kingston by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2867 : Pillbox (PSG:e02461), Type FW3/24 by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ3266 : Pillbox near Kingston by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2867 : Innes Links, artillery battery, forward magazine by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2867 : Anti-tank blocks, Innes Links by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2867 : Pillbox (PSG:e10069) by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ2867 : "THE UNKNOWN” by Alan Murray-Rust
NJ3266 : Pillbox near Kingston by Alan Murray-Rust


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Created: Sat, 28 Sep 2019, Updated: Sun, 29 Sep 2019

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