This unusual looking pill-box was, as far as I can ascertain, a building erected and manned by "F"-Company of the 5th Battalion Workington Home-Guard.

During WWII, a plant was constructed on the site of the old Harrington Ironworks immediately below the pill-box, to extract magnesium from seawater (the "Magnesite" plant). It closed in 1949, but the pumphouse remained standing until recently. This pill-box was one of four, the others being on the sea-front; atop the block-house pumping station, and between the railway lines to Workington and the back of Christian Street.

32KB jpeg. General view.

31KB jpeg. General view showing unusual sized embrasures.

Standing on the crown of Copperas Hill, this pill-box is at NGR NY 986 246.

22KB jpeg. General view.

Note the protected entrance (which looks like it had a "coal-bunker" style lid on it) giving bullet proof 360 degree protection and observation.

38KB jpeg. Inside the pill-box.


Now covered in graffiti symbols representing the enemy it was designed to keep out in the first place!

Construction seems to be of concrete blocks

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