Scattered throughout the U.K. are numerous “strategic” sites. W.W.II pillboxes, initially built as part of the defence of Great Britain; as much a confidence boost for those at home than a strategic military defence tactic for the greater war effort.
Despite the fact that the original intention for these structures has long since been made redundant and that many of those that once kept watch from within are no longer with us, a vast number of the sites still remain, being gradually swallowed up by the urban sprawl or submerged beneath the encroaching thicket as man and nature do battle for the green belt.
Many of the structures have taken on new roles reflecting sociopolitical trends within the immediate locality. From cattle feed sheds within the countryside to teenage hangouts - a refuge for illicit drink and drugs or quaint summer houses within suburban gardens.
remain as derelict forgotten structures being reclaimed by time and
nature, reflecting the rapidly fading memories of the volunteers that
once kept watch. The pillboxes remain as markers reflecting the changing
use of the landscape encouraged by industrial upheavals within the previous
six decades. The loss of many of our railway lines abandoning some of
the pillboxes in uncertain and clumsy locations. Areas of “non-space”
that would seem to have little or no strategic relevance to the contemporary
landscape. Human-scale camera obscuras they look inwards at a readymade
history whilst looking outwards towards an uncertain future yet silently
holding a constant vigil upon our beaches and within our towns and countryside.
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