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Name:Pillbox (destroyed), seawall W of Havengore Bridge, Great Wakering
SMR Number:20815
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TQ 967 883
Map Sheet:TQ98NE


Pillbox (destroyed),

Full description

It is locally recalled that a pillbox stood on a point of the seawall overlooking Havengore Creek W of Havengore Bridge. Contemporary records state “Barbed Wire Fencing, Pill Box” at Havengore Creek. An aerial photograph taken in June 1960 shows the leading edges of a pillbox facing N from the slope of the seawall, probably after the seawall had been widened, burying the major part of the structure. <1> <2> <3>

Nothing of the structure can be seen now although a piece of typical WWII concrete was found at the site with the clear marks of reinforcement rods indented in it. Two photos of site. <4>

<1> local resident, 2003, WWII features, July 2003 (Verbal communication). SEX63595.

<2> unknown, 1968, War Time Contraventions 1968, Gt Wakering (LIST). SEX31436.

<3> Hunting Surveys Limited, 1960, Run 36-114 (AP). SEX63602.

<4> Nash, Fred, 2003, WWII Defences in Rochford., two frames, July 2003 (Photograph). SEX63397.

Monument Types

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

Associated Events

  • WWII Defences in Rochford (Ref: ?)

Protected Status

  • Historic Environment Character Area: Thames Gateway 81
  • Historic Environment Character Area: Rochford 4
  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Rochford 5

Sources and further reading

<1>Verbal communication: local resident. 2003. WWII features. July 2003.
<2>LIST: unknown. 1968. War Time Contraventions 1968. Gt Wakering.
<3>AP: Hunting Surveys Limited. 1960. Run 36-114.
<4>Photograph: Nash, Fred. 2003. WWII Defences in Rochford.. two frames, July 2003.