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Storms uncover WW2 pillbox hidden in dunes

A World War 2 pill box that has been uncovered in the cliffs on Lynemouth beach after the recent storms. GM034789

A World War 2 pill box that has been uncovered in the cliffs on Lynemouth beach after the recent storms. GM034789

Storms that caused havoc across the county in recent months have uncovered a previously hidden historic structure.

A Second World War pillbox has been uncovered on Lynemouth beach after recent heavy seas washed away part of the sand dunes.

The defence structure was discovered by Mike Cummings when he was walking on the beach.

“I was walking along when I saw the pillbox, which was uncovered by recent storms, sticking out the mud cliff just before the little river as you walk towards the power station,” he said.

“There was one uncovered at Bamburgh recently, but that was a row of sand bags to make a wall, this structure looks near complete.

“It is blocked up with mud and sand so hopefully this will deter vandal activity.”

The pillbox is constructed of hessian sandbags filled with concrete, which was a common structure during Second World War.

The similar structure at Bamburgh in north Northumberland appeared after a tidal surge.

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is appealing for information on any other archaeological sites which have been uncovered, and it is keen to set up a group of volunteers to monitor known archaeological sites along the coast.

To report new sites or to register as a volunteer, email jessica.turner@northumberland.gov.uk or call (01670) 622648.

 

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