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Monument details

HER Number:TR 15 SE 300
Type of record:Monument
Name:Second World War roadblock at a bridge where Pett Bottom Road crossed the Elham Valley Railway, Bridge

Summary

By late 1941, a roadblock (by demolition) had been prepared at a bridge where Pett Bottom Road crossed the Elham Valley Railway.


Grid Reference:TR 1736 5419
Map Sheet:TR15SE
Parish:BRIDGE, CANTERBURY, KENT

Monument Types

  • ROADBLOCK (Modern - 1941 AD? to 1941 AD)

Full description

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By late 1941, in the event of an invasion, the road bridge carrying Pett Bottom Road over the Elham Valley Railway was intended to be demolished to provide an obstacle to enemy vehicles. Such detonations were planned on several bridges up and down this railway. This particular bridge fell on a stretch of the line which had formed part of the partially executed Canterbury-to-Lynsore Court Grid Line of 1940. The village of Bridge, to the north-east, was a Category ‘A’ Nodal Point, and this may also have formed part of its defences. The bridge may have been mined ready for detonation, it was ‘demolished’ during the GreatBinge practice exercise of late 1941.
Owner : Public
Publicly accessible : Yes
How accessed for survey :
Tourism Potential :
Condition : unknown
Date of visit :


Corps Royal Engineers 43 Division, 01/01/41, War Diary Corps Royal Engineers 43 Division 1941 (Unpublished document). SKE15276.


Corps Royal Engineers 43 Division, 01/01/41, War Diary Corps Royal Engineers 43 Division 1941 (Unpublished document). Ske15276.

Sources and further reading

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---Unpublished document: Corps Royal Engineers 43 Division. 01/01/41. War Diary Corps Royal Engineers 43 Division 1941.
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