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    Default Four pillboxes - Tilehurst - Whitchurch on Thames


    Having a few hours to kill off the other day i decided to go out for a cycle ride and head out on the North side of the Thames to pick up a pillbox that was firstly well concealed and then three others that were possibly going to be hit and miss if i could get to them. Having checked GE it was really a case of accessibility as there are a couple dotted along the thames where housing estates can prove an effective obstacle. I know of a pillbox and a gun emplacement located on Heartslock Island that would need a boat to get to. Hmmmm rubber dingy time i think! As it happened the pillboxes i got to on the North side of the Thames were not too difficult. Further up the Thames there is another gun emplacement which i also will attempt to get to though technically this is off limits. Anyhow it was a sunny day (finally) and only a 30 minute cycle ride away :

    PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/26): S0001703

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    Heavily overgrown and located by the side of the road with a steep bank behind it as it is running along the rail embankment. There was also a pervasive smell of a rotting carcass somewhere nearby and the smell was not the best. The embrasures are bricked up and the pillbox is actually built in and an extension of the wall running along the rail embankment.





    PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/28 TWIN): S0005705
    Located on the south bank of the Thames, north of the rail lines this twin embrasure 28 would have had a north and north west foield of fire which would have covered the bridge over the Thames leading from Whitchurch On Thames into Pangbourne. Being a little cheeky i cycled up the private access road and was met immediately my someone who challenged me. Again after explaining what i was up to - i was allowed to photograph the externals. All the embrasures have had windows placed in them, a satalite dish has been attached and this could be the shed of all sheds for some lucky person.













    PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/22)
    Heading into Whitchurch On Thames i locked the bike up near the sewage farm and cut across the field to a gate in the corner which led nicely to an access path to the Thames. This pillbox is sat right on the bank and to the right of the path as you head down it. As you can see - not accessible.















    PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/22): S0012074
    Heading up the side of the riverbank and in the corner of the field, the walk to this pillbox was fairly easy as there is a narrow path leading most of the way along the river bank, cutting back into the field and sat in the hedge.













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    Looks like the T28 Twin has had a visit from DIY SOS.
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    Nice one Senne,first time I've seen a box with a doormat outside....
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    A home from home there mate :) nice pics again.Be interesting to see you carrying a dinghy along though

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptpies View Post
    Looks like the T28 Twin has had a visit from DIY SOS.
    The look on his face was priceless when he first saw me. His dog was a little aggressive though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichCooper View Post
    A home from home there mate :) nice pics again.Be interesting to see you carrying a dinghy along though
    I wonder if Pangbourne rowing club accept inflatable dingies.
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    Second one I think is part of the Sulham valley set of 28 twins and I'm dam sure there was another nearer the Thames but has been demolished. The Tilehust one we thing is a forward Obvservation post I posted it on here a while ago but well done on getting the two at Pangbourne. I had been meaning on visiting but never had the chance and the second well I could only assume was there as I could see the outline and one of the loopholes from over the river. But I have beat youto Hartslock Island, a friend of mine stopped off and got photot's for me. Did you have any hassle from the land owner and I presume you walked along the bank to the second.

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    can you imagine when sky turned up? 'sorry mate have to go back to the van and get my 1200 mm diamond drill'

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    careful peeps with all this chat about 28s Jonney'll have his rubber suit out and with sennelager66's rubber dinghy we'll be turning up in the results for specialised search engines

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    Quote Originally Posted by night crawler View Post
    First one I think is part of the Sulham valley set of 28 twins and I'm dam sure there was another nearer the Thames but has been demolished. The Tilehust one we thing is a forward Obvservation post I posted it on here a while ago but well done on getting the two at Pangbourne. I had been meaning on visiting but never had the chance and the second well I could only assume was there as I could see the outline and one of the loopholes from over the river. But I have beat youto Hartslock Island, a friend of mine stopped off and got photot's for me. Did you have any hassle from the land owner and I presume you walked along the bank to the second.

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    No hassle at all mate. The only issue i has was getting a belt from an electric fence as i climbed under it. It hit me right across the back and i can confirm the belt was stronger than i last remember them being. Yeas i did walk along the bank, saw no-one other than a woman walking her dog when i was on the way back but i wasn't shouted at and it was job done anyhow.
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