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Pillboxes Beyond Lancashire
On occasions on our travels we see things beyond our "geographical area" that are too good to ignore. Here are some of the Pillboxes we have seen.
Below: On the edge of a 30ft high cliff overlooking the Afon Glaslyn at Borth-y-Gest, near Porthmadog is this wonderful pillbox. Faced with local stone, but built with brick and concrete on the inside. Along the path from here towards Morfa Bychan we were told there were the remains of AA Gun bases. But we couldn't find any despite concerted searches.
While not a "pillbox" per se, this control tower is covered in embrasures. It is a fabulous imposing building overlooking The Sound at Oban. It controlled a string of mines across the sound which were in place to prevent submarine attack. At The Oban War & Peace Museum there is a story of how one day during a VIP visit the mines were set off by mistake!
According to other websites these mines could be remotely switched on or off and even, as above, set off remotely.
Oban Minefield Control Tower
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