Artillery Pillbox, The Wick Country Park, Shotgate

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Standing some 60/70 yards (55 - 64 m) west of the visitors centre in The Wick Country Park is an FW3/28A pillbox in fine condition. This type of pillbox was built to house an artillery piece, in this case a 2-pounder (0.9 kg) anti-tank gun, plus bren guns firing from a separate chamber.

Standing some 60/70 yards (55 - 64 m) west of the visitors centre in The Wick Country Park is an FW3/28A pillbox in fine condition. This type of pillbox was built to house an artillery piece, in this case a 2-pounder (0.9 kg) anti-tank gun, plus bren guns firing from a separate chamber. Originally, it faced across the anti-tank ditch of the GHQ Line which ran across the fields from N to S c. 80 yards (73 m) to the E.

It is constructed of brick and concrete with the wide entrance for wheeling the gun through on the NW face. Once in position at the firing aperture, the wheels were removed and bracing stays were inserted into slots on each side of the aperture. The spike on the trail was located into a central hole in the floor and the gun was ready to fire. The bren-gun chamber is at the SW end of the pillbox.

This pillbox provides a first-class example of an FW3/28A in excellent condition with no damage or significant deterioration. Only a handful of this type still survive in Essex, all on the GHQ Line.

View of artillery pillbox

View of artillery pillbox

View of adjacent pillbox

View of adjacent pillbox

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