Posted: 27 August 2013 20:44
I spent the day at Michelham Priory near Hailsham and found some surviving evidence of a nearby roadblock.
The Priory itself was used for various purposes by both British and Canadian troops during the war, which was partly why I decided to visit.
The roadblock was situated on the bridge seen below; the entrance to the Priory grounds is in the background by the red sign.
Just to the left of the sign is what appears at first glance to be a roadblock buoy, but this is one of several modern bollards at the entrance and driveway.
The roadblock did actually consist of buoys; there were a total of eight listed here in 1941. There were none by the bridge, but I was pleasantly surprised to see some whilst driving towards the car park.
Out of the eight buoys, at least five reside along the driveway to the Priory's gatehouse.
Following this, I did a quick recce into a car park field to look for some slit trenches that a local had told me were once there. There was also a 2-pounder anti-tank gun beside the bridge, but no obvious evidence of either.
I'm satisfied with finding the buoys, though, so a very quick and productive roadblock search!
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.
Small, narrow trench designed to provide protection against shrapnel and other battlefield hazards. Technically distinct from a weapon pit (which was intended soley as a defensive position) slit trenches were also used as defence works.
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