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Type 22 concrete pillbox, on bank of canal. [Colin Alexander lists it as a type 22 shell-proof pillbox].
(Source: Field Visit )
Type 22 pillbox. On N bank of canal, on narrow strip of land immediately behind the westbound platform of Thatcham railway station. It has some sort of metal pipe protruding from the roof - possibly ventilation [?]. [Close inspection not possible].
(Source: Field Visit 2000/03/20)
Type 22 pillbox near Thatcham Station. Field of fire S across canal and towards Thatcham - Headley road. Pillbox has what appears to be a 2in flanged pipe sticking out of the roof [assumed to be not part of the original construction]. [with plan drawn on form].
(Source: Field Visit 2000/08/20)
(Source: SMR )

Type of site PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/22)
Location Near, and E of, Thatcham Station, on the N bank of the Kennet and Avon Canal, between the railway and the canal.
Area Thatcham, Berkshire, England
Grid reference SU 529 663 (Scale: 1:25000 , 1998)
Period WW2
Condition Good
Materials Reinforced Concrete
Recorder Cole, Chris
Defence grouping GHQ Line: Blue - Section of GHQ Stop Line running from near Melksham to Reading.
Photographs View of PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/22) - S0006482
(5) - exterior views (1 DIGITISED & 1 slide).
Adjacent sites 6pdr. gunpit (SU 527663) and type 28a emplacement to E (SU 539663).
DOB site reference: S0006482
Associated Identifier West Berkshire SMR (ref: 05046.02.037 - WB5615)
Reference 1999 Ironside's Line
Event Construction, In the period 1940 1941
Field Visit, On 2000/03/20
Field Visit, On 2000/08/20