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One of a pair of impressively situated pillboxes (type 28As), perched on top of a narrow embankment between the railway and the Kennet and Avon Canal, a few feet from another gun emplacement, with the doorways facing. Large embrasure on W side to enable 2-pdr. gun to defend open stretch of canal and mill. With brick outer shuttering, decayed in places.
(Source: Field Visit 1999/03/22)
Type 28a pillbox situated S of canal on high ground with field of fire W along canal. The pillbox is brick-shuttered with brick dividing wall and breeze-block shuttering interior. Slots are behind the main embrasure for a 2pdr. gun. Concrete track down to rear entrance.
(Source: Field Visit 2000/08/30)
Anti-tank gun emplacement, shuttered with 'end-on' brick, smaller than its companion to the E [see UORN 6479]. One main anti-tank embrasure facing W. It has a side LMG chamber with two embrasures: there is also one other LMG embrasure. Doorway on E side. Used as an animal shelter and full of dirt and rubbish.
(Source: Field Visit 2003/09/03)
Rectangular structure plotted from OS 1:2500 sheet.
(Source: Map 1968)
Large rectangular pillbox plotted from air photograph.
(Source: Air Photograph 1941/06/11)

Type of site PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/28A)
Location On top of bank close to corner of road on S side of Kennet & Avon Canal and Dunmill Lock.
Area Hungerford, Berkshire, England
Grid reference SU 35040 68162 (Scale: 1:2500 , 1968)
Period WW2
Condition Good
Materials Breeze Block, Clay Brick, Reinforced Concrete
Threats Type: Animal burrowing (Long Term)
Detail: The embankment on which the pillbox sits is overrun with rabbits, so it may be riddled with tunnels that erode the foundations.
Type: Development (Immediate)
Detail: There is a current (9.03) proposal to develop the emplacement (with its companion, UORN 6479) 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.
Type: Natural erosion (Medium Term)
Detail: The concrete base of the emplacement is exposed on its N side where the bank on which it sits has eroded away.
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) - S0006480
(3) - exterior views (slides and print).
Adjacent sites Second type 28A pillbox a few feet away [UORN 6479]; and type 22 pillbox to N (SU 352684).
DOB site reference: S0006480
Reference 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