Decided to have a look at some of the defences of Ipswich's northern perimeter. The railway defines the boundary of the defences in this area and was in places an effective anti-tank obstacle with a series of deep cuttings. The line was defended with pillboxes and road blocks on crossing points. Awhile ago I obtained a German map of Ipswich dated 1941. The Germans produced large no's of town plan maps of the UK as well as the Karte Von England 1:100,000 (cm's) maps. Not quite sure why, since invasion plans of the UK had been virtually abandoned by 1941. Eventually I hope to plot the Ipswich's defences on this map, a start being made today.
Pillboxes visited included a Type 28a guarding a bridge over the railway line at Tuddenham Road. However today it is completely hidden by a hedge - so you will have to make do with a photo taken a couple of yrs ago after some work on the hedge had been carried out. On Henley Road, two 3' cubes can be seen, the remains of a road block protecting another bridge. There is supposed to be Type 22 in the area but could not find it - presumably hidden in another garden.
Next up were two Type 22's with entrances protected with a blast porch. In a letter to his Brigade Commanders, 5th Aug 1940, that starts with:" I am very much afraid that we are going pillbox mad", Maj General Majendie (GOC 55th Div) notes that "many [pillboxes] face the wrong way". One near Westerfield certainly does seem to have been built with the blast porch facing the wrong way, as another porch was added to protect the first porch!
I also checked out some other bridges in the area but no remains of any blocks or other defences, but did come across a Home Guard store at Playford.
Image 1: German map of Ipswich with defences visited plotted onto it.
Image 2: Type 28a, Tuddenham Road taken a couple of yrs ago - the ultimate garden shed?
Image 3: Anti-tank cubes, Henley Road
Image 4: Type 22 with blast porch
Image 5-7: Type 22 built with original entrance facing the wrong way
Image 8: Plan of Type 22 in images 5-7 (not to scale)
Image 9: Home Guard Store