Type 22 Pillbox

Back Kilverstone Parish, Norfolk

Type 22 pillbox - a regular hexagon with the entrance on the rear side. These types are particularly common in this part of Norfolk. This pillbox was built in the summer of 1940 during the height of the invasion crisis and originally guarded an adjacent searchlight battery.

Today, the pillbox stands out in the open landscape and its concrete construction makes it particularly conspicuous. The same would have been true in 1940 and efforts would have been made to disguise its appearance. Based on the evidence of other pillboxes in the area, we know that considerable thought went into camouflage, with much work taking place in the late autumn and early winter of 1940.

We can only speculate as to what would have happened here, but as there are no houses or building nearby it might have been camouflaged as a signal box for the railway or perhaps more likely a mound of sugar beet.

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