Monument record MCC5142 - Railway Barrier, SW of Thornfield Wood, Wakes Colne

Summary

Railway Barrier, SW of Thornfield Wood, Wakes Colne.

Location

Grid reference TL 8993 2945 (point) (Approximate)
Map sheet TL82NE
Civil Parish WAKES COLNE, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

Map

Type and Period (1)

Full Description

An aerial photograph taken in 1946 shows that the anti-ditch of the Eastern Command Line crossed at this point from E of the railway embankment to W before continuing northwards. The ditch can be seen to meet the SW corner of Thornfield Wood. From here a staggered line of 6+ anti-tank blocks can be seen leading to the E side of the railway line. On the ground, in 1997, none of these staggered blocks have survived, but the continuation of the line of blocks across the railway line does. There is one concrete block on the E side of the line and a further four in a straight line on the W side leading down the steep embankment, in thick wood and thicket, to a deep ditch – the continuation of the anti-tank ditch northwards. Each of the blocks is 5’ square.

Clearly there would have been a means of closing the line between the blocks, but, at the time of writing, this is not apparent.<1>

See also <2> & <3>.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> AP: RAF. 1946. 106G-UK 1492-4020.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Nash, Fred. 2007. SURVEY OF WORLD WAR TWO DEFENCES IN THE BOROUGH OF COLCHESTER. VOLUME 1. Volume 1.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Nash, Fred. 2007. SURVEY OF WORLD WAR TWO DEFENCES IN THE BOROUGH OF COLCHESTER. VOLUME 2. Volume 2.

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Record last edited

Jun 17 2020 8:11AM

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