SU5985 : Pillbox on Thames Path near Cholsey

taken 5 years ago, near to Moulsford, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

Pillbox on Thames Path near Cholsey
Pillbox on Thames Path near Cholsey
"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
Wednesday, 24 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 25 May, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Defence, Military 
County (from Tags)
Oxfordshire 
Place (from Tags)
Oxfordshire  Thames Path 
Primary Subject of Photo
Pillbox 
Long Distance Path (from Tags)
Thames Path 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5973 8528 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.7946N 1:8.3829W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 59769 85304
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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