Barkham Rectangular Variant

Barkham  Rectangular Variant

Located on the B3349 near Wokingham/Aborfield. NGR: SU777668

This rectangular bullet proof  variant design  can be found close to the road covering a small bridge near Barkham on the B3349  Wokingham to Arborfield Road in Berkshire.

It once formed part of the outer defence perimeter for the nearby army garrison at Arborfield camp, during WW2 this was a main REME garrison. I  discovered that an old family friend (deceased) was one of a small team of men who were employed by the army in its construction during the early war years, he was a labourer for the local Wokingham District Council and one of a small group who were drafted in to work on the local defence projects.

The rectangular brick shuttered pillbox features unusual cast twin embrasures that face north covering the approach to the bridge.

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Single loopholes can be seen on the both ends, and on the rear .

The low central back entrance is protected by a small brick blastwall, the rear loophole is above the low entrance way.

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Three more pillboxes of this design survive in the area, another was demolished during  road widenning in the mid 1980s.

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By Tim Denton.

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