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Thread: Bovis Homes "GHQ Line A" Pillbox!

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    Default Bovis Homes "GHQ Line A" Pillbox!


    Picture taken back in Feb 2009 of a shellproof [i believe] type 24 pillbox that is now is surrounded by houses in a new Bovis Homes development just south of Reading, Berkshire.
    Box is sealed and left by the developers [points given] as a feature on an area of green space for those lucky inhabitants to admire forgotten history from their lounge and kitchen windows!.:)
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    Nice find Eagleday

    This one's not in the DoB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagleDay View Post
    left by the developers as a feature
    Yeh, if you could see it, pity they didnt chop the bushes down too.
    It would be cool to see that out of your kitchen window tho :)
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    Interesting. I wonder how long it will be before the residents get a petition up against it and have it pulled down?

    Have to agree mind - removing the greenery on and around it will tidy the place up no end.

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    Thumbs up Bovis Homes "GHQ Line A" Pillbox!


    I think its there for good. A Vickers pillbox and a further type 24 are both fenced off close to the M4 Junction 11 alterations taking place currently.
    The type 24 is on the left of the A33 close to the contractors portacabins and nerve centre for these operations just before the Three Mile Cross roundabout [surrounded by brambles and metal fencing], whilst the VMG pillbox is below the embankment at Great Lea common, seen left as you filter onto the M4 to head Swindon direction.
    I believe the plan is to preserve long term as bat roosts, and for people WHO DO appreciate this countrys wartime history.:)
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    I mustve driven past this plenty of times. It's nice to see that they are all being preserved. They have made a real effort with these ones, shame they couldnt rip off a bit of ivy though.

    You must be local then?

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    I 1st saw this driving along Beech Hill Rd where it was visible between a gap between the new houses.
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    It's good some are being preserved as far to many are demolished.:(
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    Sweet, pilboxes rock.

    Got any more photos?
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    Imagine some little chav pulling up outside the estate in his vauxhall nova (no offence if you have a nova) ready to go on the rob. He takes one look at the pillbox and thinks shit the security round here's a bit severe and drives off...lol

    I have to agree if they cut the greenery back it would look a lot better. Nice one Eagle

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