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Pillboxes in the Elan Valley

A pillbox above Garreg-ddu Viaduct In late September 2008 CPAT visited the Elan Valley to investigate its little known Second World War defences, parts of which have recently been protected by Cadw as Scheduled Monuments. Guided by Ranger Sorcha Lewis, CPAT staff visited and recorded 3 pillboxes high above Garreg-ddu Viaduct. These were built between 1940 and 1941 to defend the Garreg-ddu weir and Foel valve tower, which were vital in maintaining the water supply to Birmingham and therefore potential targets for German sabotage. Interestingly, inside one of the pillboxes was what appeared to be graffiti dating from the time of its use; T.A.M. 1942 had been scratched into the anti-ricochet wall. Down in the Garreg-ddu car park the spot where a fourth pillbox had once stood was also successfully located. It is hoped that in the future CPAT and the Elan Valley Trust can work together to interpret and present these features to people visiting the area.

Jeff Spencer, September 2008

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