Posted: 28 October 2008 19:11
I went out in search of six roadblock locations at Kingston near Lewes today and ended up making an interesting discovery a couple of miles up the road at Iford.
The photo below shows the Kingston crossroads that were blocked with an assortment of cylinders and buoys in all four directions; none now remain.
The road leading to these crossroads from the direction of Lewes is flanked on both sides by high, steep banks for over 500m, making it perfect roadblock territory and tank ambushing country. There were also some flame fougasses along this stretch; I'll discuss these in a later post.
I drove out towards Southease, stopping briefly at a road junction to search another couple of locations - again, nothing found.
Passing through Iford, I spotted a single buoy at a gateway (with some inferior modern equivalents). I pulled into a side road to search a wider area, as no roadblocks were recorded here in 1941.
I found another buoy further into the village, but it was on a bend in the road that I found a vertical rail at extreme right in the photo below.
There's no guarentee that it's in its original position, as it looks like its current purpose is to protect the corner of the wall and I couldn't see evidence of a socket.
The photo below shows that the rail came from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and is dated 1899. This date and the fact that the nearest railway line is over a mile away would tend to point to this rail having come from a road block rather than a railway left-over.
Small concrete roadblock obstacle comprising a truncated cone with domed base. A hollow shaft down the centre allowed the buoy to be manhandled using a crowbar. Buoys were deemed of little value by 1941 and cylinders seen as a better solution.
Reinforced concrete cylindrical obstacles with a shaft down the centre in which could be inserted a crowbar for manhandling, or a picket for barbed wire. Cylinders were 90cm high and 60cm wide and deployed in groups of three as a more effective alternative for buoys.
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