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Pillbox At Tillybrig Cottage, Pimedden Road, Dyce

A Category C Listed Building in Dyce, Aberdeen

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Latitude: 57.222 / 57°13'19"N

Longitude: -2.2095 / 2°12'34"W

OS Eastings: 387445

OS Northings: 814605

OS Grid: NJ874146

Mapcode National: GBR XJ.JQX6

Mapcode Global: WH9Q9.1Q3W

Plus Code: 9C9V6QCR+R5

Entry Name: Pillbox At Tillybrig Cottage, Pimedden Road, Dyce

Listing Name: Dyce, Pimedden Road, Pillbox at Tillybrig Cottage

Listing Date: 16 May 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399435

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50879

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dyce

County: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone

Parish: Dyce

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Circa 1940. Well-preserved, unusual WWII pillbox strategically sited on bridge overlooking Inverness railway line. Polygonal with rectangular-plan entrance projection at SW; clay brick construction with concrete lintels and roof, and horizontal loopholes. Interior with polygonal centre pier supporting ridged concrete roof, and loopholes retaining evidence of solid steel internal shutters, side guides and pulleys.

Statement of Interest

Built on an artificially elevated site with a granite retaining wall, this pillbox is probably the only surviving example of nine in the area which formed part of the original Dyce Airfield defences. The airfield is situated a short distance to the south. With clear views up and down the Aberdeen to Inverness railway line, the pillbox would have provided protection to a vital transport link. 'In June 1940 branch FW3 of the War Office Directorate of Fortifications and Works issued designs for about a dozen standard pillboxes to meet the needs of anti-invasion defence. Though these 'Standard Design Drawings' were intended as contractors' patterns, in practice a multiplicity of designs arose locally from tactical considerations, materials and preferences' (Lowry p79). This interesting example was probably constructed by a local firm, hence the somewhat unusual elements of design, with its distinctive height supported by a central column rather than a standard ricochet wall, concrete lintels and steel shutters. The rare retention of some of the solid steel internal shutters and associated workings, which could be raised and lowered on pulleys presumably using counterweights, further raises the interest of this excellent, well-preserved example of an integral element of the WWII defence network.

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