Tillingbourne Brook, East Shalford Lane, Ngr TQ 012474
On a section of GHQ Line B near Shalford in Surrey is a badly deteriorating, but still highly interesting drum shaped anti tank gun emplacement.
Postioned on the edge of a woods and a gentle slope facing south west, its map ref is TQ012474. The defence overlooks a small bridge over the Tillingbourne brook in Shalford lane. The surrounding area is very rural and is not far from Guildford.
The unusual round concrete shuttered pillbox was constructed by J Mowlem Ltd and to a design unique to this part of the GHQ line.
Based on the hexagonal or rectangular anti-tank design Mowlems constructed a framework around the the outside by way of adapting and bending metal plates to form a mould, this was then filled with concrete to form the unique drum shape.
Seventeen of this style of pillbox survive on GHQ Line B between Godalming and Chilworth, two six pounder versions survive, the other in a private garden.
The inside of the defence is flooded and but has survived unvandalised.
The heavily rusted 9 stud hold fast plate is still attached to its concrete plinth just inside the main embrasure and this would have once secured the quick firing 6 pounder to a rigid mounting point.
The large stepped embrasure gives an excellent view of the road and the bridge a short distance in front of it, the rear entrance doorway is low but just accessible, an additional single rifle/Bren Gun loophole with large shelf is positioned left of the main 6 pounder embrasure .
The drum pillbox sits on a massive concrete raft which is surrounded by very damp and boggy ground, the inside is flooded and the outer moss covered walls are suffering from rapid deterioration, in places the roofline is beginning to crack and tree growth is taking hold.
Sadly without some simple and deserved conservation work its future survival seems bleak.