Monument record MCC4801 - WWII Pillbox, east side of Railway Embankment, north of Chappel Viaduct, Wakes Colne


WWII Pillbox.


Grid reference TL 8971 2850 (point)
Map sheet TL82NE


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Full Description

In dense wood and thicket almost at the foot of the embankment on the east side of the railway is an hexagonal, concrete pillbox. The entrance is on the west, uphill, side and a high concrete retaining wall around the entrance prevents soil falling and blocking access into the interior. In the centre is an anti-aircraft machine-gun well and although the entire top of the pillbox is covered in ivy the mounting pedestal and steel fittings can be seen to be extant.

One photo of site.<1>

The quantity, diversity and survival of the WWII defences in the Chappel Viaduct area form a rare, interdependent, compound site. These include the four major types of pillbox on the Eastern Command Line (SMR 20000/MCC4798, 20001/MCC4799, 20004/MCC4800 and 20008/MCC4801), 28 concrete anti-tank cubes (SMR 20002/MCC5130 and 20005/MCC5132), three concrete anti-tank cylinders (SMR 20002/MCC5130) and two spigot mortar pedestals (SMR 10997/MCC5127 and 10998/MCC5128).

OCTOBER 2002: Site designated Scheduled Monument NHLE No. 1020687. This scheduled site is in seven parts. See also SMR's 10996 (MCC4797), 10997 (MCC5127), 10998 (MCC5128), 20000 (MCC4798), 20001 (MCC4799), 20002 (MCC5130), 20004 (MCC4800) and 20005 (MCC5132).

See also <2> & <3>.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Photograph: Nash, Fred. 1997. Pillbox - one frame.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Nash, Fred. 2007. SURVEY OF WORLD WAR TWO DEFENCES IN THE BOROUGH OF COLCHESTER. VOLUME 1. Volume 1.
  • <3> Photograph: Colchester Historic Buildings Forum. 2011. Digital photograph of Lexden Park House, Colchester. Digital. Volume 2.

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Jun 17 2020 7:48AM

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