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HER Number MWB20209
Record Type Monument
Name Site of World War II defensive structure, Andover Road, Newbury

Grid Reference SU 463 654
Map Sheet SU46NE
Parish Newbury, West Berkshire
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Location of probable Second World War road block, composed of a zig zag of concrete square bases with central voids

Other Statuses and Cross-References

  • National Monuments Record No.: SU 46 NE 308
    SU 4631 6544

Monument Type(s):

Full Description

The Defence of Britain project noted 'a zig-zag of Second World War concrete square bases with central square voids, possibly timber lined or with remnants of timber posts cut off flush with the road surface' <1>. These ran along the west side of the Andover road, just north of its junction with Tydehams, Newbury. They probably represented the remains of a roadblock.

Sources and further reading

<01>Council for British Archaeology. 2002-06. Defence of Britain project - Digital Archive. 10.5284/1000327. DoB site ref S0015390. [Digital archive / SWB148320]
https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/dob/ (Accessed 03/11/2023)
<02>Museum Curator. Newbury Museum Accession Records (West Berkshire Museum since 1998). 2022 WBC Network. NEBYM:1993.56. [Unpublished document / SWB14452]
<03>1993. The Advertiser 16 March 1993. [Article in serial / SWB149657]

Related Monuments

  • None recorded
  • Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

  • None recorded