Saturday, 16 March 2013
These are some of the pillboxes I have come across while in Wales. I had not gone out intentionally to find them but for the fact I kept a caravan in Built Wells so thought I'd see what was round there defense wise. What I found surprised me. I checked out the Defense of Britain site and saw there were some defenses left.
Outside town and over near the golf course you can see this pillbox.
Looking at the embrasures which are larger that the ones I have normally seen.
Entrance is down the steps
The view out of an embrasure
and a shot of it from the outside.
This pillbox I came across while looking at an old dismantled railway on GE. It would have over looked a railway bridge at Natmel
Entrance was beside the railway line.
Going inside this corrugated iron shuttering is coming away and nearly took my scalp off.
The ricochet wall was odd in that it was rased.
Some relics still remain like the wood shelf in front of the embrasure.
Friday, 8 March 2013
Along the river Thames between Moulsford and Goring is a place called Runsford Hole and when you see it on the map it looks like just another part of the river with a local name.
Viewed from across the river the bank seems very over grown with trees and bushes growing down the the river edge but how many of you realise this was the home of Saunders Boatyard which went on to become Saunders Roe on the Isle of White.
This is how you see Runsford hole today.
Her name is the Consuta and can be seen at Henley Regatta as an Umpires boat.
So what of the old boatyard, does any this survive well the answer is yes though. The place is now Witymead Nature Reserve I came across it one day while out searching for a couple of pillboxes and went and asked if I could look round.
If you remember looking at the old photo of the two boathouses then this is the slipway from one of them, the rails are where the boat trolley would have been winched in or out.
And this is the winch at the other end with the remains of the boat trolleys laying around.
The boat winch which still looks like it will work
Nearby you can see the remains of a building which looks like it was used to live in at one time
The outline of the other large boathouse is still evident.
Nearer the river is what looks like another smaller boathouse slowly decaying and sinking into the river mud.
I found this photo of the yard while searching for photos and it shows the yard at work . It's hard to believe that looking at this picture
and this one that they are the same place.
The Nature reserve is a peaceful place to visit and is open all year round though you need to phone first before visiting, you can find it in the link nearer the begining of the blog. You can find it along the Bridleway between Goring and South Stoke.
It's a place I shall be returning to.
This blue plaque can be seen on Goring Post office near were the sold boats in the village.