Anti-Tank "Hairpins" at Paynes Lane, Nazeing

Back Paynes Lane, Nazeing, Essex

One large concrete block plus five "hairpins" on the west side and nine "hairpins" on the east side.

At the south end of Paynes Lane a few yards north of Langridge Cottages is where the original anti-tank ditch of the Outer London Defence Ring crossed the road from west to east. To block the verges between the anti-tank ditch on each side and the roadway, fixed anti-tank obstacles were erected and are still in position. They consist of one large concrete block plus five "hairpins" on the west side and nine "hairpins" on the east side. Hairpins were lengths of bent railway line concreted into the ground. Originally, the roadway itself would probably have had rows of metal sockets concreted into it and at the last moment before an attack hairpins would have been inserted into them. Very few hairpins still survive and this is therefore a rare find. 

Hairpins and anti-tank block

Hairpins and anti-tank block

Hairpins

Hairpins

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