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Name:Pillbox (destroyed), E side of Layer Road, Colchester
SMR Number:20536
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TL 982 231
Map Sheet:TL92SE



Full description

An aerial photograph taken in March 1945 shows, very clearly, an hexagonal pillbox standing on the E side of Layer Road. It appears as a small, hexagonal FW3/22 type with its entrance on the E face. Like the similar pillbox on the other side of the road 130 yards to the north, it is difficult to understand its siting, behind the main defence (SMRs 20537, 20538) <1>

This emplacement is referred to in contemporary records as, "Pillbox. W. side of O.S. No. 1366, Layer Road. Map ref. 430414" (Mil. Ed.) <2>

The position is now the grass verge fronting housing.

<1> RAF, 1945, 106G-LA 170-2014 (AP). SEX64235.

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

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>AP: RAF. 1945. 106G-LA 170-2014.
<2>LIST: unknown. 1968. War Time Contraventions 1968. Colchester.