Drone Hill CH Station

Type 27 Pillboxes, Berwickshire, Scotland

Type 27s at Drone Hill Chain Home Radar Station.

I’ve been interested in the concrete blocks and pillboxes scattered round the coast since I was a kid, 45 years ago. It is only recently that I have started to study them seriously.

Here are some photos I took at RAF Drone Hill near Coldingham in Berwickshire.

There are 7 type 27`s listed on the DoB database on this site and I have photographed 6, but I can’t find the 7th. (There are actually 11)

Type 27 @ S0 011403 or S0 011407

The photos below show an unusual (to me) 27 in that it has a half height entrance on the north face and an offset entrance in the south face. I can’t think of a reason for 2 entrances. This is either S0 011403 or S0 011407, but can’t be certain as I don’t have GPS. Update from Colin Anderson – the second Half height ‘entrance’ is an ammunition locker – there is no hole through to the pillbox.

Type 27 @ S0 011404

This example is massive as it has been built on a slope.

The `well` which is being discussed in the PSG forum.


Type 27 @ S0007442

The Inner well.


Type 27 @ S0 011405


Type 27 @ S0 011406.


In this photo you can see Type 27 @ S0011408 in the background left.


The radar site is now High View Caravan Park and I would like to thank the owners for letting me take these photos.

Tam Rankin.

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