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Guarding the Canal


After finding a couple of World War II pillboxes in Liverpool, in Allerton and Garston I decide to investigate further and found an interesting web site on the Defenses in the North West which described further pillboxes in the area. Seeing as there were some on the Leeds Liverpool canal nearby the obvious thing was to take some pictures.

Apparently the threat of invasion in the North West was considered so serious that a defence line along the Leeds Liverpool Canal from Wigan to Liverpool was constructed using pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles. It was known as Western Command Stop Line Number 14. Stop Lines were based on anti-tank ditches and pill boxes. Their aim was to slow down the enemy's advance  and to allow counter attack. Villages would be defended to become islands of resistance. The canal  and it's embankment would act as the anti-tank ditch. Concrete pill boxes and fortified buildings were placed at bridges and at points with good views over the fields below.

This pill box, with and old working boat moored in front of it, is known as Moss Bridge Type 24 box, on the opposide side of the canal to the towpath.

Guarding the Canal


After finding a couple of World War II pillboxes in Liverpool, in Allerton and Garston I decide to investigate further and found an interesting web site on the Defenses in the North West which described further pillboxes in the area. Seeing as there were some on the Leeds Liverpool canal nearby the obvious thing was to take some pictures.

Apparently the threat of invasion in the North West was considered so serious that a defence line along the Leeds Liverpool Canal from Wigan to Liverpool was constructed using pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles. It was known as Western Command Stop Line Number 14. Stop Lines were based on anti-tank ditches and pill boxes. Their aim was to slow down the enemy's advance  and to allow counter attack. Villages would be defended to become islands of resistance. The canal  and it's embankment would act as the anti-tank ditch. Concrete pill boxes and fortified buildings were placed at bridges and at points with good views over the fields below.

This pill box, with and old working boat moored in front of it, is known as Moss Bridge Type 24 box, on the opposide side of the canal to the towpath.

comments (7)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 10 Apr 2008, 04:44
"Pill box" in this context, Les, is a new term for me. Very educational. I LOVE the old boat setting off this image.
Les Auld: Derived from the shape being close to that of an old pillbox, there are square, round, octagonal ones to name but a few. Thanks for the comment.
I will have a look at that website sometime Les. It's worth recording these as, no doubt, one day they will be gone.
Les Auld: Most seem to have gone already Bill, the site is very interesting. Thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 10 Apr 2008, 13:09
Great photo and good information thanks LES
Les Auld: Appreciate the comment, thanks.
Natural camouflage every where.. interesting blurb Les. richard
Les Auld: It does seem to blend in, thanks Richard.
  • Alan
  • Southampton
  • 10 Apr 2008, 20:46
A very interesting piece of history. I like the camaflaged boat to add t othe war scene!
Les Auld: I suspect the camouflage is co-incidental Alan, thanks for the comment.
Old and old Les, I really like this shot, especially the muted but strong colours.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, I desaturated about 10% on this.
Enjoying your history lesson as well as the images Les. The old ships lifeboat takes me back, but thats another story! The link is fascinating.
Les Auld: Thanks Alistair, I must admit to iking a bit of history.

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