Ballingdon Street 99 WW2 Gun emplacement

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This structure sits at the end of the garden of No 99 and can be seen from the river bank. It dates from 1940 when German forces were gathering across the Channel ready for the invasion of Britain. It formed part of the 'stop line' of pill boxes etc which were intended to hold up any German advance toward London from landings on the East Coast. It housed a field gun which commanded Ballingdon Bridge - the bridge parapet was removed and the gun would open fire as German panzers attempted to cross onto the Essex bank.

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