Saturday, 16 March 2013

Some Welsh Pillboxes

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.

 This one an Allen Williams Turret can be found by the War memorial though it's not it's original position and and I doubt was from the area it was restored by the local cadet force .

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

Inside you find tree tables which show it was a Vickers Machine Gun Position.

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.

 Looking from the top of the pillbox towards the River Wye   where the railway used to cross on the left of the photo.

The last one is overlooking a bridge on the Elan Reservoir. The area looks to have been cleared at the time and I took the photo from the opposite side of the bridge. I have never been in this one as it was not that accessible to get to. There are more pillboxes to be found it Wales and I will post more when I come across them.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Saunders Boat Yard.

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.

But over 100 years ago it looked like this a small thriving boatyard, the house you can see behind is still there today. It operated between 1882 and 1912 before being sold to Hobbs of Henley. Saunders used to build steam launches and one is still operating   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.