Pill Box - Portadown, Northern Ireland

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  1. Savo

    Savo Senior Member

    There are several surviving pill box installations around the Portadown area in Co. Armagh Northern Ireland. This one is off the beaten track but in very good shape to my untrained eye anyway. Thankfully a bullet was never fired in anger from this post, but I have always wondered if it had to be used how long could such a installation hold out for. Its till in a remote area of the countryside in 2010, which would have made it even more remote in the early 1940's. Will add furthe pictures of the other pill boxes when I can get access to these emplacements.

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  6. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Savo,
    Does seem in remarkably good condition. Any pics of the interior?

    Mike
     
  7. Savo

    Savo Senior Member

    Savo,
    Does seem in remarkably good condition. Any pics of the interior?

    Mike

    Mike. Did not venture into it. Walking around them and looking in all very well but going inside these stuctures kind of freaks me out for some reason :confused: Plan to go back and take a few snaps of the interior. Will keep you posted.
     
  8. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Cheers mate, just curious. Due to the good condition I wondered if there are any fittings or painted info etc remaining. Most of the ones in my kneck of the woods are half full of empty beer and cider cans, graffiti and stink of pi$$.
     
  9. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    Hi Folks,
    Please take a look at my website where I have most of the pillboxes from this Defence Line photographed.

    I have found that most are in good condition and are painted white inside. You can find the odd initials in the concrete from people who built them and the Portna one in County Londonderry has an interesting verse above one of the ports.

    The one photographed here is at Moyallen which was part of the River Bann Defence Line with two others nearby.

    Take a look around the Scarva area where there are a number with the one at Scarva Church Yard being particularly challenging .....Good Luck!!
     
  10. Savo

    Savo Senior Member

    ww2ni. You have a great website there. You'll know where these picts where taken - November 2009. Will take a juke up to Scarva at the weekend to check out the pill boxes there. How many are there in the village area ? Never knew about the church yard site !!!

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  13. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    The Church one is a major challenge. - It is heavily overgrown beside the perimeter wall of the cemetry overlooking the village. All I could do was lie on the roof and hang my digital camera through the port!

    There is a large one on the left side of the Banbridge Road (I Think) and this has initials written in the concrete.

    From the Moyallen one there is another in the field on the opposite side of the road beside a large manor house and also if you go up to the junction and look in the field opposite the petrol station there is yet another one there.

    The buildings at Keenan Lough are well worth a look!!
     
  14. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Savo,

    Very interesting and informative photographs.

    Thank you for posting.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  15. Savo

    Savo Senior Member

    The Church one is a major challenge. - It is heavily overgrown beside the perimeter wall of the cemetry overlooking the village. All I could do was lie on the roof and hang my digital camera through the port!

    There is a large one on the left side of the Banbridge Road (I Think) and this has initials written in the concrete.

    From the Moyallen one there is another in the field on the opposite side of the road beside a large manor house and also if you go up to the junction and look in the field opposite the petrol station there is yet another one there.

    The buildings at Keenan Lough are well worth a look!!

    Cheers for that inside info. Will check it out and bring me camera too !!
     
  16. Savo

    Savo Senior Member

    PART ONE : Went down to Scarva village to check out the pill box locations today. What an adventure. Here is the one box outside the village. The village is like the one in The Eagle Has Landed flick except Larry Hagman was not racing around the village in a jeep and Micheal Caine had not taken the church !! No proper shot of the piibox at the church yard due to the densiity of the under growth but boy what a birds eye panaramic view of the village and valley. Could not actually locate the church site until a bloke cutting a hedge at a house behind the church directed me to it. He thought I was News of the World photographer !!!!! A very chilling location for a bunker to be blunt about it. Thank God it was never to be used in anger. That is what I learnt from today. More to follow later folks. Enjoy the picts

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    Savo Senior Member

    After Scarva went back to locate the second Moyallen pillbox and was found it pretty easy as it can be seen from the road. A smaller version sitting high on the ridge. Again had a great commanding view and only a few hundred metres from the neighbouring box as the crow flys.

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