WWII Pillboxes: Kennet & Avon part 5

The southern English countryside is dotted with thousands of small but substantial WWII fortifications.  Of the 28,000 pillboxes built to defend Britain from German invasion, approximately 6,000 of them are still in place.

WWII pillbox

Expecting imminent invasion, the UK put  huge level of effort into the construction of anti-tank and defence lines across Britain.  Churchill had originally planned a series of three defensive lines across the southern part of England.  The Kennet & Avon Navigation, along with the Thames, provides an unbroken wall of water across the entire southern length of England, from Gravesend through London and Reading to Bristol.

Large Pillbox

I encountered the first of many small pillboxes just beyond the weir at Hamstead Lock, where the cycle route rejoins the canal towpath.  Most of these were made from poured concrete.  Several larger ones are made, at least partially, from brick. The one above is just outside of Newbury.

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