Wartime Concrete

Although not a pillbox here is a wartime structure that I found in Berkshire in an area known to have been used by the 501st and 101st Airborne during the build up to D-Day.

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It is about 15ft by 8ft divided into three segments. Two small rooms and a central entrance with 9 inch thick in-situ concrete wing walls to the left and right allowing access round the ends into the small rooms. There is a brick `thing` about the size of a toilet inside.

The little squares to the front face (and to the rear as well) are tapered slots/windows with a tapered piece of concrete plugging them up. The plugs appear to be original and not put in later to fill up the hole.

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The internal height is about 6ft max. Around the top of the walls internally is a timber board let into the concrete which may or may not have served a purpose (securing something to the walls?).

The roof is again in-situ concrete with a rebate to the junction between wall and roof. the position of the door frame was also let into the concrete which all seems too complicated unless it served a specific purpose. There is no evidence of any blast walls in front of the access door.

It appears to be an ammunition store with what could be a fuse store in brick to one side.

Any Thoughts????

by Philip William Bellew

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