Thursday, December 21, 2006

Historic restoration

I'm not sure if it's going to become a garden office, but I enjoyed this story by Chris Alder in the Somerset County Gazette about how a second world war 'pillbox' has been restored, disguised to look like a garden building. The pillbox is one of the breathtakingly low-tech network of defences built in the UK to prevent an a German invasion. Jessica Turner, conservation archaeology advisor with Exmoor National Park Authority said: "The pillbox is remarkable because it was originally disguised as a small garden building with a pitched shingle roof and painted windows." The irregular brick built five-sided pillbox could have garrisoned eight men and formed part of the North Somerset inland defence. Other examples were built to resemble bus shelters, signal boxes and seaside kiosks. The conservation building work was carried out by Steve Cornish of P.J Taylor builders.

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