Beach Defences - Bossington, N Somerset

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  1. JDKR

    JDKR Senior Member

    Happened recently to be on Bossington Beach to the west of Minehead and found two interesting pillboxes with facings of beach stones. The first is at:

    Google Maps
    It would have had excellent field of fire along the beach but unless there was a series of pillboxes would have been pretty useless given the beach's length. Despite the attempt to camouflage it with beach stones, positioned on a forward slope would have stood out like a sore thumb.
    image_67213825.JPG The pillbox is gradually being filled with pebbles and the roof is eroding. image_67504385.jpg

    Evident in the photograph's background is a second pillbox, at: Google Maps

    This pillbox is a little bit more subtle as it was set back from the beach and was on something of a reverse slope. The firing ports were at approximately the same height as the top of the beach allowing image_67239681.jpg the engagement of any enemy trying to crest the beach. A wall made of large beach stones set in concrete extends westwards from this pillbox and looks like a tank obstacle.

    Although I didn't photograph it, there was also a large stone and concrete structure; this is visible in the left background of the photograph of the second pillbox and my suspicion is that this was some form of gun emplacement. It is at: Google Maps The structure had a ground level firing port facing westwards, which would have provided enfilade fire in support of the second pillbox. Anyhow, all worth visiting if in the area.
     
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  2. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Cracking stuff John. Passed a few months down in that neck of the woods a good while back. The one at Blue Anchor was my preferred visit. What? Nothing to do with the fact there was a cafe within a hundred metres of it :)

    Some more info here: War on the Moor: Defence and Communication - The Historic Environment Record for Exmoor National Park.

    Hope it's not blowing a gale down there today for you.

    Kind regards, always,

    Jim.
     
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  3. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Some light reading that may be of interest attached (pdf) below.

    Bossington mentioned a couple of times within. Image example of content within said pdf.

    That cafe at Blue Anchor did serve a good brew.

    Kind regards, always,

    Jim.

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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Well done
    The other that you did not photograph shows up as another pillbox also there were a number of section posts along the beach which have all been removed
     
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  5. JDKR

    JDKR Senior Member

    Fortunately I’m now safely back in Wiltshire but the floods on the A303 near Ilchester were interesting.
     
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  6. JDKR

    JDKR Senior Member

    Assuming the rationale for the beach defences in this area of England was to defend against a German ‘D Day’, it’s interesting that the British military authorities considered the Germans capable of transporting troops in highly vulnerable (both to enemy action and the weather/sea state) river barges all the way down the English Channel before heading up the Bristol Channel and conducting a beach assault from said barges. Perhaps building the pillboxes was rather an exercise in morale boosting.
     
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