Monument record MCC7256 - WWII Pillbox on beach by Coopers Beach Holiday Park, East Mersea

Summary

Hexagonal, concrete, type FW3/24 (source 1) pillbox standing on the sand at the foot of the sea wall by a holiday chalet park.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 0564 1378 (10m by 11m) (FCE)
Map sheet TM01SE
Civil Parish EAST MERSEA, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Hexagonal, concrete, type FW3/24 (source 1) pillbox standing on the sand at the foot of the sea wall by a holiday chalet park. It measures 14' x 12' with 16" walls. The entrance is on the slightly longer side which faces the sea wall. The machine gun apertures in each face are all open; inside the NE aperture is what appears to be a machine gun "pedestal" or table built of concrete with a V-shaped channel. The pillbox has now mostly filled with sand but otherwise is in surprisingly good condition <1> This pillbox originally stood on the sea wall <2> One photo of site <3>

SITE ASSESSMENT: The pillbox tilts slightly seaward but appears to be in no immediate danger.

See also <4>.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Wills, H. 1985. Pillboxes. p31.
  • <2> Verbal communication: local resident. unknown. PERS COMM by wartime landowner.
  • <3> Photograph: Nash, Fred. 1993. SMR. one frame.
  • <4> Photograph: Colchester Historic Buildings Forum. 2011. Digital photograph of 10-14 Vineyard Street, Colchester. Digital. Volume 1.

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Record last edited

Jun 12 2020 2:00PM

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