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Well preserved Pill Box at Bodium Castle


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Children were playing around this not realising its history.

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I think it is good they have kept it. so many got taken out in the 70's

27 Mar, 2010


I'm glad they kept it too. It's part of history.

27 Mar, 2010


i dont think there can be many left now ,as you say its history and should be kept..

27 Mar, 2010


You never know, we may need it again !

27 Mar, 2010


Hi, could you enlighten me...not sure what this is? Thanks

28 Mar, 2010


Close to the castle's original entrance is a Second World War pillbox, built to protect the homeland from German invasion. Like the castle itself, the pillbox never saw active service but the home guard manned it every day and every night until the end of the war.
The pillbox at Bodiam is still in its original state and now an audio display tells the story of the soldiers who manned the box in wartime. By venturing into the pillbox and sitting on the wall-benches, you'll get a feel for what it was like for the young soldiers manning the box on draughty nights waiting for something to happen.
The Bodiam pill box is part of a network of defences that was hastily built in 1940 to prevent an anticipated German invasion. The most common of these defences were pillboxes - squat concrete forts that were sited at road junctions, canals and other strategic points.
It is estimated that less than 6,000 of a total of the 28,000 pillboxes built still survive.

29 Mar, 2010


It makes a lovely garden folly. It could double up as a bandstand in summer. Good to see it almost as a living educating memorial to those who defended us during WW2.

5 Apr, 2010

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