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Tidal surge exposes hidden historic site

View of Pillbox on Bamburgh beach also showing undercut sand dunes, taken by Jessica Turner

View of Pillbox on Bamburgh beach also showing undercut sand dunes, taken by Jessica Turner

The tidal surge which caused such devastation last week also uncovered a previously-hidden historic site on the north Northumberland coast.

The Second World War pillbox structure had been hidden under the sand dunes at Bamburgh and is in excellent condition.

It is possible that other sites may have been revealed in this way along the coast.

The sand dunes are a dynamic environment and weather events such as the storm last Thursday have the potential to both cover and uncover sites quickly, as has happened at Bamburgh.

The shipwreck, dating from around 1768, exposed in the spring has now been completely covered again under a sand bank while the pillbox structure has been exposed due to the high tide undercutting the dune system.

It formed part of a long chain of defensive sites of other pillboxes, gun emplacements, anti-tank blocks and a radar station and is constructed of concrete sandbags with the hessian imprint still visible on the individual bags.

 

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