Monument record MCC7266 - WWII Pillbox at extreme end of Mersea Island, East Mersea
|Grid reference||Centred TM 0733 1542 (14m by 12m) (FCE)|
|Civil Parish||EAST MERSEA, COLCHESTER, ESSEX|
Type and Period (1)
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>.
- <1> SEX31432 Photograph: Nash, Fred. 1993. SMR. one frame.
- <2> SEX61233 DESC TEXT: Gibson, Sarah. 1994. Country Parks Archaeological Survey of Cudmore Grove.
- <3> SEX61423 AP: Tyler, Sue. 2000. BW/00/5/11.
- <4> SEX63927 AP: Strachan, David. 1999. BW/99/22/7.
- <5> SCC73474 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