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One of a pair of impressively situated pillboxes (type 28As), perched on top of a narrow embankment between road/railway bridge on one side and Kennet and Avon Canal on the other. Positioned on a sharp bend in the road with wide embrasures for 2-pdr. guns to defend both directions. Small bren gun chambers on other sides and massive doorway facing no.2 gun emplacement a few feet away. Brick exterior shuttering, decayed in places.
(Source: Field Visit 1999/03/22)
Twin type 28a anti-tank gun emplacement situated on bend of Hungerford Road, with main field of fire E and S. Brick external shuttering, wood-shuttered interior. Large external base/plinth. Identification no. 339.
(Source: Field Visit 2000/08/30)
Type28a anti-tank gun emplacement. This pillbox was used in an experiment housing a 2pdr. A/Tk gun for a BBC 'Chronicle' programme in 1979.
(Source: Photograph 1985)
Type 28A anti-tank gun emplacement with two massive stepped embrasures, one facing S along lane over railway bridge and the other facing E along lane towards Dunmill Lock. Brick-shuttered externally, but the brickwork is eroding and falling away. Cut-off corners and chamfered roof edge. Entrance on W side. Two side LMG chambers with dividing walls, one to N with two LMG embrasures and the other to W with one. There are also vents, each with three vertical iron bars across them. Has no. 339 painted at entrance. The emplacement has a high N wall to support it on the side of a steep bank. Used as cattle shelter and full of dirt and rubbish. Its companion [see UORN 6480] lies a few yards to the W. Public access, including interior.
(Source: Field Visit 2003/09/03)
Rectangular structure plotted from OS 1:2500 sheet.
(Source: Map 1968)
Large square pillbox structure plotted from air photograph. It shows a dark central feature.
(Source: Air Photograph 1941/06/11)

Type of site PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/28A)
Location On top of bank at corner of road on S side of Kennet & Avon Canal and Dunmill Lock.
Area Hungerford, Berkshire, England
Grid reference SU 35058 68160 (Scale: 1:2500 , 1968)
Period WW2
Condition Fair
Materials Clay Brick, Reinforced Concrete
Threats Type: Road construction (Long Term)
Detail: Pillbox could be affected by any future road widening.
Type: Development (Immediate)
Detail: There is a current (9.03) proposal to develop the emplacement (with its companion, UORN 6480) as a restaurant. Local villagers are strongly against this, although it is admitted 'something should be done' to maintain the pillboxes.
Type: Plant growth (Long Term)
Detail: The emplacement is partly overgrown.
Recorder Cole, Chris
Defence grouping GHQ Line: Blue - Section of GHQ Stop Line running from near Melksham to Reading.
Photographs View of PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/28A) - S0006479 View of PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/28A) - S0006479 View of PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/28A) - S0006479
View of PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/28A) - S0006479 View of PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/28A) - S0006479
(8) - 7 exterior views (slides and prints), 1 interior (1 DIGITISED).
Adjacent sites Second type 28A pillbox a few feet away: type 28 pillbox to W (SU 351683) and type 22 to N (SU 352684).
DOB site reference: S0006479
Reference 1985 Pillboxes: A Study of UK Defences
1941/06/11 210TU/BR352 (fr.3)
Event Construction, In the period 1940 1941
Field Visit, On 1999/03/22
Field Visit, On 2003/09/03
Field Visit, On 2000/08/30