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Monument Number 1426114

Hob Uid: 1426114
Location :
Medway
High Halstow
Grid Ref : TQ7714874566
Summary : A Second World War reinforced concrete Type 24 pillbox, constructed at the edge of Wybornes Wood near the north east corner of Lodge Hill Royal Naval Armaments Depot (Monument 1077634). The pillbox would have provided protection for the depot, and is also one element of the supporting defences of a Stop Line (Monument 1542577) constructed in 1940 across the south western third of the Hoo Peninsula, from the north bank of the Medway to the south bank of the Thames at Higham Creek. The pillbox and the rest of the Stop Line defence system have been mapped from aerial photographs as part of the English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project.
More information : Concrete type 24 pillbox facing E . Narrow wall version with brick skin. Part of the defences of the Lodge Hill magazine establishment. [Kent SMR shows a further site at same grid reference (KE16343: TQ 77 SE 134) which may be a duplication. Description is, `Behind boundary fence of Wybornes Wood'. Brick faced concrete, Type 24, facing East. Good condition]. At NE corner of Wybornes Wood, High Halstow. (1)

The pillbox described in authority 1 falls within the area mapped from aerial photographs as part of the English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project. Although no features were identified at the stated location, a Second World War Type 24 pillbox 33.6m to the south at TQ 7714 7456, at the edge of Wybornes Wood rather than the north east corner, probably corresponds with the structure described above. (2)

TQ 7714 7456. A Second World War Type 24 pillbox is visible on aerial photographs at the edge of Wybornes Wood near the north east corner of Lodge Hill Royal Naval Armaments Depot (Monument 1077634). The structure would have provided protection for the depot. It also forms part of the supporting defences of a Stop Line (Monument 1542577) constructed in 1940 across the south western third of the Hoo Peninsula, from the north bank of the Medway to the south bank of the Thames at Higham Creek. The pillbox and the rest of the Stop Line defence system have been mapped from aerial photographs as part of the English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project. The pillbox is located at the point where the Stop Line's anti tank ditch meets the edge of Wybornews Wood, which was also incorporated as an obstructive feature within the Stop Line. (3-4)

probably the one described in authority 1

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Migrated Defence of Britain Project database record originally compiled from various sources
Source details : The two databases developed by the Project can be searched on-line through the Archaeology Data Service at http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/specColl/dob/index.cfm
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Source Number : 2
Source : RCHME/EH/HE Aerial Photographers comment
Source details : Cathy Stoertz/02-AUG-2011/English Heritage: Hoo Peninsula Landscape Project
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS 92387 025 07-AUG-1992
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Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 02-MAY-2007 ACCESSED 02-AUG-2011
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External Cross Reference Source : DoB Anti Invasion Database UID
External Cross Reference Number : S0011947
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Kent)
External Cross Reference Number : KE15189: TQ 77 SE 109
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Kent)
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 77 SE 1257
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 77 SE 127
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1426124
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1542646
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1426123
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1542665
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1077634
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, THE DEFENCE OF BRITAIN PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-04-01
End Date : 2002-03-01
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: HOO PENINSULA LANDSCAPE PROJECT NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2010-09-01
End Date : 2012-03-01