October 11th, 2011

CROWheed and Cambria

Type 24 pillbox bunker on Macclesfield Canal

Here's a small abandoned 'patch' of sorts, cleverly hidden in plain sight among a halfway respectable canal, agricultural land, wild moss/scrubland, train lines, various industrial complexes and a lot of pylons. It's been there at least since World War 2; I've walked down this canal numerous times since I was a kid but only noticed it a couple of weeks ago.
This is my first post, so if there's anything out of line, do please let me know.

According to Wikipedia: "The type 24 pillbox is an irregular hexagon in plan. The rear wall is the longest at about 14 feet (4.3 m), this has the entrance with an embrasure on either side. The other walls vary from 7-8 feet (2.2-2.5 m) each having a single embrasure. The embrasures are suitable for rifles or light machine guns. Internally there is a Y shaped anti-ricochet wall (the top of the Y nearest the entrance), the internal wall also helps support the roof. The type 24 was always built to at least bullet-proof standard of 12 inches (30 cm) thick, but often was thicker."

The pillbox from the outside, graffiti'd - this, unfortunately, is the least of its problems. The entrance is a little bothersome to navigate, as there are overgrown nettles and numerous stalks with thorns and serrated leaves (I don't know the name of the actual plant).
The first few shots have been taken with a half-frame camera and enlarged in the lab, hence the graininess.

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