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Rescuing a type 22 (S0008438) at Elstow.

Type 22 S0008438

As soon as I saw this almost ruin I just knew it had to be saved, not only for future generations, but also as part of the history of our small village Elstow near Bedford.  Elstow was the birth place

Posted in Rescue Archaeology

The Rescue of a Unique GHQ Line A Pillbox, Basingstoke Canal, Hampshire.

The most unusual and unique pillbox on the Basingstoke Canal is undoubtedly the tall variant built into the sloping embankment above Tundry Pond at Dogmersfield Hampshire, ngr SU777524 . I have heard it described as a tower, double decker and

Posted in Rescue Archaeology

Basingstoke Canal Type 26/Stent Prefab Rescue

  Prefab Type 26 Pillbox 52B, Lock 15, Brookwood Bridge, Surrey. SU943569 Back in the spring a meeting with Basingstoke Canal Authority Ranger Sara Green decided that winter 2015 was going to the best time to work on this pillbox.

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Ewshot Pillbox Restoration September 2013.

Just over three years ago PSG members completed the Rescue Archaeology on six of the 18 pillboxes that lay on Ministry land at Ewshot in Hampshire. With permission from the MOD and Taylor Wimpey two pairs of Vickers Machine Gun

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Rescues N – Z

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Rescues A – N

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Netley Park Type 24 Rescue

Netley Park House, North Downs, Shere. GHQ Line B Rescue Archaeology Ngr TQ079486 At the end of January 2012 Rob Hewer who leads the National Trust team that looks after the North Downs Way invited us over help to carry

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Spigot Mortar Emplacement Rescue Archaeology

Aldershot Command Spigot Mortar Base. Black Bridge, Hook, Hampshire. SU718537 This project had taken several years to come to fruition but during the last 12 months, after many letters, phone calls and a site meeting permission was granted by Natural

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Auxiliary Unit Radio Bunker

Mark Bond, a friend of mine from Hornsea, N. Humberside, phoned to say he had found what he thought was an Auxiliary Unit Radio Bunker near Sigglesthorne, just outside Hornsea. Mark’s main interest is the Auxiliary Units and their hides.

Posted in Defence, Rescue Archaeology

Ewshot & Operation Cromwell Part 1

The rescue & recording of two Vickers gun emplacements   A sunny October morning in 2009 saw well known PSG members meet to start on “operation Cromwell, a project carrying out a study to uncover, record and renovate some of Ewshot’s

Posted in Rescue Archaeology
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