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History Minor Fortifications and Pillboxes

Blackbridge Road Pillbox

REF NR: 35

The Island was in full defensive swing in the lead up to and during the 2nd World War as it was seen as being in the forefront of the battle area. It was very likely if a German invasion was imminent for it to be one of the first places they would try and take in order for them to have a secure beach head and thus allowing them to launch their blitzkrieg method of advance easily into the mainland.

With this in mind the War Office devised several defence mechanisms and prepared points of special interest that in the event of an evasion could be used to slow down any advancing forces. One of these methods was the deployment of several pillboxes, carefully positioned throughout the Island.

Blackbridge Road Pillbox can be found on the north side of Blackridge Road at the edge of Afton Marsh Nature Reserve. This little square shaped concrete pillbox situated on the right hand side of the entrance to the field and slightly set back, this was of light build and regarded as bullet proof only and supported the Yar defence line. At the last time of inspection was very overgrown.

 

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