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Thread: East Coast Defences Hollym To Easington (pic heavy)

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    What kind of bird is that in pic 17?? Did it have a nest in there?


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    Quote Originally Posted by maximus View Post
    What kind of bird is that in pic 17?? Did it have a nest in there?
    Its a Swallow it came in the door and went straight out of one of the embrasures.not sure who jumped the most us or the bird Yea there was a nest as well thats about the fifth swallows nest in pillboxes so far this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichCooper View Post
    Its a Swallow it came in the door and went straight out of one of the embrasures.not sure who jumped the most us or the bird Yea there was a nest as well thats about the fifth swallows nest in pillboxes so far this year
    LOL at least the pillboxes have a use for something now:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichCooper View Post
    Its around 8 feet from one side to the other and maybe 4 feet upright to where its buried in the sand
    late to this party but it looks like an upside down fragment of a wall with an embrasure in it with the top of the condenser niche still attached

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    Wow you have certainly got out and about to get these shots! Very interesting locations! Was there a seagull actually in flight in one of the pill boxes!!?? I admire you folks into military history and know all sorts of codes and names for the various pill boxes, its great! I have a snorkle if your going on a revisit lol

    Thanks I enjoyed that!
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    Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptpies View Post
    Rich, the bulges under the large embrasures indicate they were for a VMG. Eared pillboxes have them too although I don't know what purpose they served.
    According to papers from the time, they were there to reinforce the wall under the large embrasure, so that the Vicker's crew did not get wounded from debris spalling off the inner wall. The crew positions for a traversing Vickers placed the loader/belt handler in a position that was in the debris field from the inner wall face, if sustained fire or explosive force hit the normal exterior face of the structure. However, talking over the years to people who actually manned coastal defences seems to indicate that some mods were done so that larger weapons could be used in the structures. Dire times meant that things were changing all the time and did not always follow the 'Written Document'.

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    Amazing what the sea & nature can do to concrete over time. I take it the owner was not keen on you looking in the barn then, must be distrustful in case you were looking to nick something. Wonderful photos
    May the shadow of Murphy never darken your door."
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