|Cholsey Gun Pit|
Head on along the bank towards Wallingford and as you get to a bend in the river (second field) if you look to the right on the opposite side of the Thames you can see the North Stoke pillbox (not so easy in summer). This one is sandy inside from silt and tilting slightly due to erosion of the bank. Over to your left is another type22 and the second of the Fairmile ones. It’s a step up inside and the ricochet wall is damaged due to the local kids braking chucks off. The next place along here is Bow Bridge where Cholsey book enters the Thames, just past the bridge on the left is Type22 well hidden just off the path. The two photos show here the past and present. My Father shown in the old one is posing by the bridge with the pillbox clearly in the background, in the second I am stood in the same place in recent years and the pillbox is hidden from sight.
Carry on towards Wallingford and as you catch sight of Winterbrook Bridge you should see on the far bank a Type22 which is in the grounds of Mongewell Park or the old Carmel College site. Unfortunately it is totally blocked up, most likely by the college when it was open. Not far away you will notice a boathouse, look at it carefully it is not what it seems. The flat roof part on the side is a defended building and the end has been opened up to fit doors taking out an embrasure, part of which can still be seen.
|Mongewell Defended Building|
|Newnham Murren Type 28A|
|Dorchester Dyke Hills|
|Old Culham Bridge|
Since writing this blog a guy I work with showed me a You Tube film made in 1944 & taken along the Thames near Abingdon it shows a Type 22 on the bank near some houses. This was the last one on this section of the Thames Stopline. It can be seen around 3.44 min in.