Just wondering if anyone shares my interest in exploring pillboxes and other anti-invasion defences in England, particularly in the Sussex area. I have also added a poll which would be great if you could participate in.
There is from one of the Archeologist's from Time Team the old long haired silly hat wearing geek. Is heading up a society to protect and rebuild some of the defence networks. But I can't for the life if me remember the society name.
There was a great documentary about the Dads Army on either C4 or 5 that covered these defence networks and exercises that used the networks, earlier on this year
I think the should all be put back into operational use (especially the gun emplacements) around the Dover and Folkestone areas - preferably with guns being ranged to drop in and around the Calais docks and chunnel region - if we can't control our borders we may as well 'assist' the French in enforcing their border controls, either way its win, in for us.
There was the "Defence Of Britain Project" which ended a few years ago, which I use for the foundation of my research, but it is by no means conclusive. I have come across several unrecorded sites. Another problem is that the recorded locations of most places are inaccurate. I have been making my own records over the last year or so, and would happily exchange my info/pics with others in the area.
There was also a gun fort at Lavernock that is now a campsite it's foundations are still there and so are the gun pits for the 6inch RML guns on Moncrieff disappearing carriages, there were others of this type on Flat Holm but the mounts have now been scrapped and are a great loss to military archeology, one of the gun barrels is still on the island and can be visited by boat most days from Cardiff
Think '2Men in a Trench' Programme on C4 was excellent.
They did a whole programme on former RAF Hornchurch, they were finding Tet turrets, covered crawlways allsorts really.
I think Timeteam , also did something similar but can't remember where they were... ;-(
This is going to be a bit of self promotion as it is a mate of mine who runs this project: http://www.shornclifferedoubt.com/
Check them out for restoration of sites. If only the MOD estates lot would be more flexible.
A few are protected by English Heritage, etc, and some others are protected because they house endangered species such as bats, but most of the defences are free to be demolished/vandalised/left to fall down.
P.S. Looks like there is another one on the right side of the bridge too.