Monument record MCC7266 - WWII Pillbox at extreme end of Mersea Island, East Mersea


A hexagonal, concrete pillbox is slowly sinking into the ground.


Grid reference Centred TM 0733 1542 (14m by 12m) (FCE)
Map sheet TM01NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

50 yards from the end of the spit of sand and scrub at the entrance to the River Colne, a hexagonal, concrete pillbox is slowly sinking into the ground. There is only about 3'6" still visible. It is 19' across and has an unusual array of apertures. The W side facing the Colne and the SE side facing along the beach have exceptionally large machine-gun loopholes - 60" x 27" stepped down to 33" x 11" - the other four all having normal rifle apertures. The entrance is to the SW. In the centre of the roof is a 1" round brass peg used, it is believed, for triangulation purposes. One photo of site <1>, another photo <3>.

SITE ASSESSMENT: The pillbox is sinking into the ground and may eventually disappear.

Observe to establish rate of disappearance.<2><4>

See also <5>.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Photograph: Nash, Fred. 1993. SMR. one frame.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Gibson, Sarah. 1994. Country Parks Archaeological Survey of Cudmore Grove.
  • <3> AP: Tyler, Sue. 2000. BW/00/5/11.
  • <4> AP: Strachan, David. 1999. BW/99/22/7.
  • <5> 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 1:58PM

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