Posted: 22 April 2007 22:49
I drove out to Cooden (Bexhill) today to have a look at some anti-tank cubes in Cooden Moat.
These 'tombstone' cubes appear to have been bulldozed into the 'moat' for some inexplicable reason; forming part of the anti-tank perimeter of Bexhill, it may be that they were on agricultural land and so were pushed back to make a field larger after the war.
There's several metres of woodland between the moat and the nearest field today though.
Using the cubes as stepping stones, I managed to cross a wide expanse of stagnant water and found...more cubes.
I have no idea how many cubes were dumped here; I've been given an estimate of about 50, and I wouldn't disagree with it. The random arrangement makes it hard to count accurately.
A closer inspection of one cube revealed the letters 'HER' inscribed on one edge, but I also noticed this circular impression nearby.
Judging by the diameter (30mm), I'd say this was done with a penny, although no detail of the coin's markings is evident in the concrete.
I need to delve into my various boxes and find an old penny to be sure, but it's another interesting example of cube 'grafitti'.
Anti-tanks blocks, popularly known as dragon's teeth. Not to be confused with smaller blocks known as pimples, cubes can be upwards of 1m square. Many examples in Sussex have apexes or chamfered edges, leading to them being incorrectly recorded as coffins.
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