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Monument Number 1510779

Hob Uid: 1510779
Location :
Essex
Uttlesford
Littlebury
Grid Ref : TL5188039630
Summary : A Second World War road block was located on Littlebury Bridge over the River Cam but was removed by 1947. The road block comprised two pairs of concrete anti-tank cubes, one pair at either end of the bridge. The cubes appear to have been removed on aerial photographs taken in 1947. The cubes would have supported a steel hawser which could be lowered for friendly traffic or fixed in the raised position as an anti tank obstacle. Littlebury bridge is also defended by a pillbox located 115m to its south (NMR TL 53 NW 204). The road block is one of a number of similar defensive features constructed along the River Cam in 1940-1941 and formed part of the GHQ Line (Essex).
More information : A Second World War road block on Littlebury Bridge over the River Cam is visible on aerial photographs. The road block was centred at TL 5188 3963 and comprised two pairs of concrete anti-tank cubes, one pair at either end of the bridge. The cubes appear to have been removed on aerial photographs taken in 1947. The cubes would have supported a steel hawser which could be lowered for friendly traffic or fixed in the raised position as an anti tank obstacle. Littlebury bridge is also defended by a pillbox located 115m to its south (NMR TL 53 NW 204 / UID: 1416562). The road block is one of a number of similar defensive features constructed along the River Cam in 1940-1941 and formed part of the GHQ Line (Essex). (1-3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/241C/BR450 A34 01-MAR-1942
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/106G/UK/1635 4147-4148 09-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/CPE/UIK/2169 2044-2045 24-JUN-1947
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : 20th Century
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Roadblock, Anti Tank Obstacle, Tank Trap
Evidence : Demolished Structure
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : Second World War
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Roadblock, Anti Tank Obstacle, Tank Trap
Evidence : Demolished Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Essex)
External Cross Reference Number : 10212
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 53 NW 247
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1590843
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, AUDLEY END ENVIRONS: AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH AND LIDAR SURVEY AND ANALYSIS
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2009-10-01
End Date : 2010-04-01