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Wartime defence emplacement found in Brookmans Park

Photograph of what's thought to be a wartime defence emplacement near Brookmans Park Station. Image by Peter Miller
The remains of what's thought to be a wartime defence emplacement near Brookmans Park Station
Image taken by Peter Miller

What’s thought to be a strategic wartime defence position from WWII has been discovered close to Brookmans Park station.

Local historian and archivist, Peter Miller, visited the embankment to the west of Station Road after hearing from a local resident who recalled playing on the site in his childhood.

“A local resident recently told me that as a boy, growing up in the 1960s, he used to play with his friends in a gun emplacement that was located on the embankment near Brookmans Park railway station bridge.
“The remains of the gun emplacement, possibly a spigot mortar emplacement, are still clearly visible, and are located by the right angle bend of Station Road and the railway bridge, just behind the metal crash barrier.”

Peter says the position would have would have had 360 degrees visibility and was, therefore, strategically placed, with a clear line of sight to the east over the railway bridge, to the north along Station Road, to the west across open fields, and to the south alongside the railway track.

“It has clearly been placed where it is because it’s the highest point and covers the road in both directions from this point. It seems to have been placed strategically to either oppose troops approaching along the road and more importantly, protect the bridge and railway line below."

He says that much of  the emplacement has fallen away, but that what remains is an important part of England’s military history.

The grid reference is: TL 24065 04099

Screen grab of the location of the emplacement

You can see the location above or view a map and a satellite image.

The find has been added to a feature about local wartime defences such as spigot mortar emplacements on our history site, The North Mymms History Project, where there is also a feature about tank traps in the area.

1 comment:

  1. I was a boy in the 1960s who used to go trainspotting down by the station. The resident may have been known to me. Who was he? It would be interesting to get in touch again after so many years.


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