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    I pass it a lot and finally had a nose. At first I assumed it was a bunker of some description but now know it obviously isn't.


    It's set back from the road with a half decent view of the surounding area. Not far from an RAF base.


    Zoomed in.


    It's square, but one corner is like this.


    That back also appears to have an entry point.


    Inside.


    You can see it must of had two floors.


    The "basement". I didn't feel like dropping down on that. I wouldn't be able to get back up for a start.


    There must have been access onto the top too - unless it was for a water tank or something which is no longer there but the building doesn't look strong enough to support one.




    And inside it has this which doesn't look like it's fallen in but more like it's there for a reason.


    I would like to get up and have a look but it's not the most stable of things...



    Oh, and why do I always forget that something 2 minutes away by car will turn into an hours walk along blind nation speed limit roads which have no path! And why did I think it would be a good idea to wear a thick black jumper that day and take no water!
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    Well, I am not an expert of WWII pillbox types, but it appeared to me that this might be a Bofors Gun platform.

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    If you gave us a grid ref it would be easier to figure it out.

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    Looking at the structure in GoogleEarth you can see what appears to be a gun or radar pivot.

    Looks a bit different on FreshLogic.

    http://atlas.freshlogicstudios.com/?...&style=b&lvl=2
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    Interesting building marks in the field across the road.
    ...Hear me now from the Invisible Opera Company of Tibet...

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    The ground floor room has had the walls and ceiling lined out/insulated, using an early form of a cladding system that used fiber boards and metal wall laths. The upper 'tank like' storey has drainage slots, that discharge out over the molded extension of the concrete floor (roof of ground floor). The hole in the wall of the upper storey, appears to have been made by a sledge hammer not a bricklayer, as do others - so how was access made to the top floor? Also - whatever the brick pillar/'pivot' was for, it certainly did not support a 20mm/40mm gun or a weighty radar unit - no civil engineer would use bricks instead of concrete for this application.

    As the brickwork looks too good for an emergency wartime structure, what does this leave? Perhaps the building was built in connection with some form of scientific research, or housed a transmitter. A search of 1920s to 1950s maps may provide details of any research station etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neosea View Post
    Interesting building marks in the field across the road.
    Looks like a rugby thingy on the birds eye view.

    http://atlas.freshlogicstudios.com/?...&style=b&lvl=1
    Last edited by Engineer; 26th Sep 08 at 20:32.

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    It's not a very posh ROC aircraft post is it? access to the roof would of been via a ladder up the outside of the building and the brick plynth would of been plenty strong enough to have an aircraft range and height finder mounted on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
    Looks like a rugby thingy on the birds eye view.

    http://atlas.freshlogicstudios.com/?...&style=b&lvl=1
    Try the field next to that one ;)
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