For the defence of Wigan by David Long (Sony SLT-A65V)
A farm outbuilding on the banks of the River Douglas at Newburgh, fortified as part of the WW2 defences against a paratroop invasion on the Lancashire Plain. Known as Stop Line No.14, it was based on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal between Lydia and Parbold. There are numerous purpose-built pillboxes and fortified farm buildings etc. at strategic points, mainly bridges, along the length. This one is the nearest to Wigan, and probably came under the Home Defence forces based in Wigan. It faces East, overlooking the Douglas where it goes under the canal west of Parbold - perhaps perceived as a weak point to be watched. The building was, until recently, hidden from view by a high hedge and a thick covering of ivy. As far as I know this particular feature of the Stop Line has been unreported until now.
Comment by Dostaf on 1st May 2019 at 00:28
Well spotted, Rev.
More examples here http://www.towpathtreks.co.uk/LLC/canal_war.html
Comment by Philip G. on 1st May 2019 at 06:16
An interesting and manageable supporting text David. And the 'ring' of Stop Line No. 14, alone, would have been sufficient to lessen the invader's strut.
Comment by Mick on 1st May 2019 at 06:21
Very interesting Rev, Ive see a few pill boxes along that stretch of the canal, and theres one at the back of the Heaton bridge pub that as an upstairs.
Comment by Mick on 1st May 2019 at 06:36
Ill keep a look out for them on my next canal bank ride, some more information on them here