Pillbox Two-Storey: Brookside, Yeading Middlesex

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    The Pillbox is of a two-storey design with access to the 1st floor via a metal ladder which is still solidly in place.Very cramped ground floor and 1st floor.
    In poor condition with ever encroaching housing development.A once clear view across flat land is now obscured by dense undergrowth and trees.Access to the actual site is through a broken fence and climb over a mud bank .Entry to the Pillbox is easy.

    From the Hillingdon Council website.Locally listed.
    Statement of significance/ Reasons for designation Architectural:
    A two storey, hexagonal pillbox, in brick with stone coping to parapet. Much vandalised, and in poor condition. Historic: The only remaining one of a ring of such pillboxes that surrounded the Royal Ordnance Factory run by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) at Yeading, during WW2.

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    I have just applied for this to be nationally listed not just locally.
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Update received today

    World War II pill box, Brookside, Yeading, Hayes

    Thank you for your application to add the above building to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. If you have any further contact details for the owner or owners of the building and have not already provided us with them, I would be grateful if you could forward them to me.

    We are now beginning our assessment of the building. Once we have carried out this preliminary assessment we will send you a copy of our consultation report. This report will set out the factual information on which we will base our recommendation. At that stage you will be invited to make any comments you wish to about the building. We will consider all representations made before finalising our assessment and making our recommendation to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We will notify you of the Secretary of State’s decision in due course
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  4. Red Goblin

    Red Goblin Senior Member

    Let's hope they ask HMLR because Sarah Sing's report seemed not to show it as council-owned - see pA225. That said, though of course, the council should also know who does now own it if you do need to spoon-feed them after all.

    I'm nostalgically-intrigued, BTW, never to have found this so near to my 1960s school bike commute - nearest point c/o Streetmap - but then I also seem to remember the fence being forbiddingly high & impenetrable and there was no need, anyway, with more accessible wasteland alongside the canal to act as our strangely-UXB-free adventure playground.
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    The fence in the field runs parallel with the location and it is fenced off however there appear to be contractors who have bulldozed land close to it and the fence by the gates was missing in the Cygnet way area
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Still ongoing and now being sent to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to be assessed for listing.

    Further to our previous correspondence, I am writing to advise you that we have completed our initial assessment of the above building to consider whether it has special architectural or historic interest.

    Please follow the link below to download a copy of our consultation report, which sets out the factual information upon which we will base our recommendation to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    Historic England (Designation) Consultation Report 27 November 2019 Page 1 of 4 Case Name: World War II pill box, Brookside, Yeading Case Number: 1464812 Background We have been asked to consider the two-storey pill box in Brookside, Hayes, Yeading for listing.
    History The earliest examples of pillboxes date from the First World War, although this example, along with many thousands of others, was constructed as part of a national defence programme in response to the threat of German invasion in 1940. The programme involved strengthening coastal defences and constructing defensive lines, or 'stop lines', stretching inland in order to slow down the progress of an invading force. During the Second World War, pillboxes were built along the stop lines and at nodal points, such as towns and villages, military bases and munitions factories. Twelve basic designs were approved by the War Office, although these were often varied to accommodate local considerations. Due to the inflexibility of their design and high cost, the deployment of pillboxes came under scrutiny in 1941 and the Home Office issued orders to stop building them in February 1942. The pillbox in Brookside, Hayes, Yeading is a two-storey variation of a FW3/22 design; the single-storey version was the second most common type of pillbox construction. Typically they have embrasures suitable for rifles or light machine guns and are usually bulletproof with walls of 30cm thick. The first floor in this example appears to have been used for housing a tripod-mounted Browning machine gun. The pillbox was built to protect a munitions factory to the north run by the private chemical company Imperial Chemical Industries at Yeading during the Second World War to help supply munitions for the war effort similar to the government funded Royal Ordnance Factories. The factory was demolished in the late C20. It was protected by a ring of pillboxes of which this structure is the only one that survives. Details Pillbox, built in around 1940 to 1941, a two-storey variation of a type FW3/22.

    PLAN: hexagonal footprint
    MATERIALS: brick and reinforced concrete. EXTERIOR: the walls are constructed of brick with concrete surrounds to the embrasures, and a flat reinforced-concrete ceiling at ground-floor level and a roof of the same construction. The ground floor has embrasures with stepped splays in five of the sides and an entrance with the remains of a small look out in the sixth to the rear. The first floor has flat rectangular embrasures on all sides. INTERIOR: there is a central ground-floor Y-shaped anti-ricochet brick wall and attached to one side is a metal ladder which leads through a hole in the concrete ceiling to the upper level.

    Selected Sources Websites Images of pillbox, accessed 27 November 2019 from Pillbox: S0007012, Brookside, Yeading (C) J Taylor Images of pillbox, accessed 27 November 2019 from Pillbox Two-Storey: Brookside, Yeading Middlesex Review of Local List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Importance: Pillbox, Yeading
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2019

    ARPCDHG Member

    Keep up the good work CL1, you're doing a grand job. It is a rare type of pillbox and sadly, all too many of these important war memorials are being destroyed by developers etc.

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