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Name:Pillbox (destroyed), Barling Road, Stonebridge
SMR Number:20805
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TQ 917 886
Map Sheet:TQ98NW


Pillbox (destroyed),

Full description

Contemporary records state, “Pill Box. Highway, Nr. Blue House (grass verge). Map ref. 361071” (Mil. Ed.) <1> Blue House (or Blew House), stands on the N side of Barling Road on the outer fringe of the village of Stonebridge. Less than 100 yards to the E is a sharp right-angled bend in the road with a small area of rough, hard-standing on its S outer side. Although nothing survives now, an aerial photograph taken in May 1946 very faintly shows a pillbox standing in the deep shade of trees at this spot. <2> Local recollection confirms that the pillbox did indeed stand here but was demolished many years ago, probably shortly after 1946 as it would, in this position, have no doubt constituted a traffic hazard. <3>

From here, there are wide views across the fields to the E and S and the pillbox was probably sited here to counter attacks from these directions.

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

<2> RAF, 1946, 106G-UK 1496-3358 (AP). SEX63594.

<3> local resident, 2003, WWII features, July 2003 (Verbal communication). SEX63595.

Monument Types

  • PILLBOX (WWII, Modern - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Events

  • WWII Defences in Rochford (Ref: ?)

Protected Status

  • Historic Environment Character Area: Rochford 5: Central Rochford District
  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Rochford 14
  • Historic Environment Character Area: Thames Gateway 86

Sources and further reading

<1>LIST: unknown. 1968. War Time Contraventions 1968. Barling.
<2>AP: RAF. 1946. 106G-UK 1496-3358.
<3>Verbal communication: local resident. 2003. WWII features. July 2003.