Pillbox, east of Thatchers' Arms, Mount Bures

Back East of Thatchers' Arms, Mount Bures

Just a few yards from the railway line, on the east side, is a concrete, hexagonal pillbox. This position is where the anti-tank ditch of the Eastern Command Line 'crossed' from west to east before continuing on its path towards Bures. There are other defences nearby including concrete blocks and 'hairpins'.

Just a few yards from the railway line, on the east side, is a concrete, hexagonal pillbox. This position is where the anti-tank ditch of the Eastern Command Line 'crossed' from west to east before continuing on its path towards Bures. The pillbox stood between the railway and the ditch. It is an unusual type, 19ft 2in (5.8 m) across, 3ft 6in (1.1 m) thick, with its entrance on the west face. There are five small loopholes measuring 9 x 6 inches (2.9 m) flaring out to 16 x 6 inches (5 m). But the east loophole, looking out across the former ditch and open fields, is very large 32in (312 mm)  wide by 17in (430 mm) high flaring out to 59 (1500 mm) x 26 inches (660 mm). Beneath this, inside the pillbox, is a 6in (150 mm)  thick concrete machine-gun table. This spans the complete width of the inner wall, 82in (2080 mm), tapering towards the centre of the pillbox to a width of 36in (915 mm). Its depth from the wall is 32in (812 mm). It is not positively known which type of machine-gun this pillbox was designed to house although the size of the table and its height below the level of the loophole suggests a Vickers heavy machine-gun.

This design of pillbox is unique in the county. Coupled with adjacent concrete anti-tank blocks and metal anti-tank 'hairpins'  this trio forms a rare compound site.

Hexagonal pillbox

Hexagonal pillbox

Pillbox embrasure for Vickers machine gun

Pillbox embrasure for Vickers machine gun

Supporting table in pillbox for Vickers Machine gun

Supporting table in pillbox for Vickers Machine gun

Anti- tank 'hairpins'

Anti- tank 'hairpins'

Anti- tank blocks

Anti- tank blocks

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