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Name:Road Barrier (destroyed), Hawk Hill
SMR Number:20147
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TQ 775 948
Map Sheet:TQ79SE
Parish:RETTENDON, CHELMSFORD, ESSEX

Summary

Road barrier of concrete blocks on the GHQ line anti-tank ditch.

Full description

The anti-tank ditch of the GHQ Line came directly from a position a few yards N of the Railway Barrier at TQ 7726 9458 <SMR 20143> to cross Hawk Hill at TQ 7754 9489. Contemporary records state, "Road barrier, Road A130, Battlesbridge. Map ref. 220136". <Mil. Ed.>. The road barrier can be seen on an aerial photograph taken in 1946. There is one concrete block on the W side of the road and two on the E, although one of these had probably been moved from an in line position. Approx. 40 yards along Hawk Hill to the SE is one more block on the W side. Originally, there was probably another block on the E side and the two of them may have acted as a holding point for traffic before the main barrier was reached. <1> <2>

Nothing now remains.


<1> unknown, 1968, War Time Contraventions 1968, Rettendon (LIST). SEX31436.


<2> RAF, 1946, Road Barrier (destroyed). Hawk Hill, Battlesbridge (Photograph). SEX62119.

Monument Types

  • ROAD BARRIER (WWII, Modern - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Events

  • Survey of defences in East Hanningfield,Rettendon and Runwell (Ref: ?)

Protected Status

  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Chelmsford 9.2
  • Historic Environment Character Area: Chelmsford 9

Sources and further reading

<1>LIST: unknown. 1968. War Time Contraventions 1968. Rettendon.
<2>Photograph: RAF. 1946. Road Barrier (destroyed). Hawk Hill, Battlesbridge.