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Name:Pillbox (destroyed) Allotments opposite "The Leather Bottle", Shrub End Road, Colchester
SMR Number:20533
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TL 971 232
Map Sheet:TL92SE



Full description

Contemporary records state, "Pillbox. Allotments opposite "Leather Bottle" at junction of Maldon and Gosbecks Roads. Map ref. 418415" (Mil. Ed.) <1> One of a pair guarding the road junction and approach into Colchester (see SMR 20532), this pillbox stood close to the E side of Shrub End Road, 25 yards from its junction with Gosbecks Road. It can be clearly seen on an aerial photograph taken in March 1945 - hexagonal (probably an FW3/22 type), with its entrance on the NW face. From this position it would have had a field of fire to the E (across the allotments) and the NE. <2>

This position is now Shrub End Social Centre.

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

<2> RAF, 1945, 106G-LA 170-2016 (AP). SEX64231.

Monument Types

  • PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/22)? (WWII, Modern - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Events

  • Colchester - Lexden to Mersea Road by Fred Nash (Ref: Nash COL Apr-Aug 2001)

Sources and further reading

<1>LIST: unknown. 1968. War Time Contraventions 1968. Colchester.
<2>AP: RAF. 1945. 106G-LA 170-2016.