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Name:Pillbox (destroyed), S side of Writtle Road, Chelmsford
SMR Number:20935
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TL 696 058
Map Sheet:TL60NE


Pillbox (destroyed)

Full description

The band of anti-tank pimples (SMR 20934) from the road barrier across Writtle Road (SMR 20933) ran to a pillbox which stood on the boundary of Bacon’s Garage. It can be seen on an aerial photograph taken in June 1946 as an hexagonal Type FW3/22, a small infantry pillbox commonly used as a Home Guard strong point. <1> Contemporary records state, “Pill Box ….. Writtle Rd, Allotments, Allotment No. 2. Map ref. 141245”. (Mil. Ed.) <2> An aerial photograph taken in March 1948 shows that the pillbox had been removed by that date. <3>

The site is now grass alongside the entrance to Chelmsford Crematorium.

<1> RAF, 1946, 106G-UK 1565-4416, June 1946 (AP). SEX65517.

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

<3> RAF, 1948, CPE-UK 2467-5006, Mar 1948 (AP). SEX65529.

Monument Types

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

Associated Events

  • Visit by Fred Nash - Mar 2005 (Ref: Nash CHL Mar 2005)
  • Visit by Nick Wickenden - March 2005 (Ref: ?)

Protected Status

  • Historic Environment Character Area: Chelmsford 2
  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Chelmsford 2.5

Sources and further reading

<1>AP: RAF. 1946. 106G-UK 1565-4416. June 1946.
<2>LIST: unknown. 1968. War Time Contraventions 1968. Chelmsford.
<3>AP: RAF. 1948. CPE-UK 2467-5006. Mar 1948.