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Name:Pillbox, Orsett Road, Orsett
SMR Number:21489
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TQ 655 823
Map Sheet:TQ68SE


An extant pillbox of FW3/22 type.

Full description

Contemporary records state, “1 Pill box. South east corner of Hall field, Horndon Road. Map ref. 099010.” (Mil. Ed.) <1> The road between Orsett and Horndon on the Hill is now called Orsett Road and the pillbox still stands on the N side of the road directly alongside the garden of Fruit Farm Cottages. From here, it could cover the approach from the E, a long straight road, and countryside down a steep hill to the W. It is an FW3/22 type, built of concrete with the larger design of loopholes. The entrance is on the NW face. Three photos of site. <2>

<1> unknown, 1968, War Time Contraventions 1968, Horndon-on-the-Hill (LIST). SEX31436.

<2> Nash, Fred, 2012, Pillbox, Orsett Road, three frames, March 2012 (Photograph). SEX71347.

Monument Types

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

Associated Events

  • Thurrock Unitary Authority WWII site survey by Fred Nash March 2012 (Ref: Nash THU Mar 2012)

Sources and further reading

<1>LIST: unknown. 1968. War Time Contraventions 1968. Horndon-on-the-Hill.
<2>Photograph: Nash, Fred. 2012. Pillbox, Orsett Road. three frames, March 2012.