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Group of Anti-Tank Pimples

A Grade II Listed Building in Gillingham, Medway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3945 / 51°23'40"N

Longitude: 0.5454 / 0°32'43"E

OS Eastings: 577182

OS Northings: 169234

OS Grid: TQ771692

Mapcode National: GBR PPQ.DQN

Mapcode Global: VHJLV.D6QT

Entry Name: Group of Anti-Tank Pimples

Listing Date: 28 February 2008

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392428

English Heritage Legacy ID: 504000

Location: Medway, ME7

County: Medway

Electoral Ward/Division: Gillingham North

Built-Up Area: Gillingham

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Gillingham St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text


686-1/0/10009 MEDWAY ROAD
28-FEB-08 GROUP OF ANTI-TANK PIMPLES

GV II
Anti-tank obstacles of pimple form, circa 1940

DESCRIPTION: Concrete anti-tank pimples (truncated pyramids also colloquially known as 'Dragon's Teeth'). Forming a south-west to north-east line approximately 85m in length along the northern side of Medway Road, to the east of Cumberland Road and to the south-east of the Chatham Lines. The pimples are five deep in places and are of the standard symmetrical form. Some, in the central part of the line, are part buried and it is assumed, given the topography, that further examples survive but are fully buried to the east. In the west of the line the anti-tank pimples are visible, although overgrown, and are a good surviving group.

HISTORY: These anti-tank obstacles were erected circa 1940 as part of the anti-invasion defences for Chatham, Gillingham and Brompton in defence of the dockyard and barracks. This line fills a gap in the existing Napoleonic defences which were adapted to form an anti-tank stop-line during the Second World War. Specifically these obstacles bridge the gap between a row of former dockyard police houses and the defended entrance to the Nore Command Bunker. (The bunker was for the Commander-in-Chief who had responsibility for protecting the entrance to the Port of London as well as traffic up and down the east coast.) The anti-tank obstacles are documented in `The Garrison Plan to Defeat Invasion' of 1941. Tactically their purpose was to prevent enemy progress but in the event that an enemy vehicle did attempt to drive across an obstacle, its vulnerable underside would be exposed to defensive fire.

CONTEXT: Anti-invasion defences have been the subject of an English Heritage Monument Protection Programme (MPP) study which looked at the known resource, drawing on the Council for British Archaeology's Defence of Britain project, and made recommendations for designation. The MPP study considerably enhanced the understanding of the resource and identified 112 examples of sites with anti-tank pimples nationally, of which 46 were considered to be good examples.

SOURCES:
National Monuments Record No. TQ76NE347
Defence of Britain Project Database site reference S0012576 at http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/324.cfm

REASON FOR DESIGNATION DECISION: The line of World War II anti-tank pimples at Medway Road, Gillingham is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* A good surviving group of anti-tank pimples;
* One of only two known groups of anti-tank obstacles, and the better of the two, associated with the re-use of the Chatham Lines during World War II. They have group value with The Lines and the adjacent Nore Command Bunker.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Reasons for Listing

REASON FOR DESIGNATION DECISION:
A line of World War II anti-tank pimples at Medway Road, Gillingham is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* A good surviving group of anti-tank pimples;
* One of only two known groups of anti-tank obstacles, and the better of the two, associated with the re-use of the Chatham Lines during World War II. They have group value with The Lines and the adjacent Nore Command Bunker.

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