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Booking the hall 2013-10-16 08:19:38
Hiya, I'd like to see about booking the hall on Saturday 7th December for a Xmas fayre? 11am-3pm Thankyou
Kim, North Petherton
Reply Eric Chown 2013-10-16 08:33:59
Hi Kim

To arrange bookings at the village hall you should contact Gill on 01823 444599, mobile 07716 849266 or email her at underhayschool@btinternet.com

Regards
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Canal Side Pillbox 2013-10-04 15:07:46
I am the leader for the Pillbox Study Group.
 
During a recent visit to Creech by members of the group we discussed the twin chambered pillbox at the junction of the Bridgwater - Taunton canal and the Taunton - Chard canal.
 
There was considerable discussion as to whether the pillbox or the "cottage" came first.
 
Ron Smith (http://www.creechstmichael.net/about/hall-of-fame/ron-smith/) mentions the Old Lock House as having a pillbox inside, however, he says that the building was knocked down whereas the pillbox on the canal side is still extant - though one wall has recently collapsed.
 
There is also a suggestion, elsewhere, that the canal side pillbox may have once been the White Lion pub. However, this jars heavily with my own memories of the pillbox in the early 60's.
 
I have clear memories of a small "cottage" with a burnt out roof (as part of the pillbox camouflage). There was (memories again, a long disused but still discernable, cottage garden (dig for Britain?).
 
Can anyone throw any light on this unique pillbox please?
 
Thanks
John Hellis, Taunton
Reply Eric Chown 2013-10-16 08:53:30
John,

the memories of an eight year old can be a bit vague as to distance but it was definitely back from the junction by about 100 metres (yards in old money). The road block was as I described it and in the fields on either side were deep ditches. The one on the riverside extending to the river bank, I don't know if it was fed by the water from the river. On the other side the ditch reached out in the land to meet a stream, again it may have been fed by a stream.
The positions for the Vee's were covered by metal plates with eyelet holes in them.
I have a mental picture of the rail lines being cut up for scrap after the war with bright sparks from the oxy-actelyne flames like fireworks.
Regards
Reply John Hellis 2013-10-06 15:16:03
The pillbox on the railway bridge was officially numbered N71 and guarded both the railway bridge and a road block just to the north of the pillbox (N Rd 9)

The gun emplacement you refer to is another pillbox (still extant), this one was not part of the original Taunton Stop Line so it would have been built in 1941 as part of the anti-tank island. Not only did it overlook the rail bridge, there was another road block under the canal bridge (N Rd 10), one of the concrete blocks still remains beside the road.

I have no record of the road block you mentioned on White Street. Your description is correct for a standard pattern road block of the period. Am I correct is assuming that it was at the junction of White Street and Ham Road?

Regards
Reply Eric Chown 2013-10-04 19:14:40
I can throw no light on the pill box on the Chard/Bridgwater canal but I wonder if one more pillbox, a gun emplacement(?) and a anti-tank ditch which do not appear on our copy of the Creech stop line is part of your Study Group information.
There was a pill box on the mainline road bridge in Creech and the foundations still remain North East side of bridge.
A gun emplacement (I think) was dug into the embankment on the south side of the old chard canal on the road to Ruishton covering the railway bridge looking West.
The anti-tank ditch on White Street (the road to Ham) I remember had concrete blocks on the verges and Vee shaped railway lines ready to drop into holes in the road.
You may already know about them
Regards
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