WW2 Pillboxes along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

This page shows the locations and pictures of the remaining WW2 pillboxes along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal. However there might be some missing if they are completely covered in vegetation and not visible. If this is the case please let us know by using the Contact us section with the details, and we'll go and check it out!

There are locations where pillboxes once stood, but they have been removed. Some maybe to allow the towpath to be cleared.

After the initial cycle survey for visible boxes, more have been located. We have therefore numbered them in a different format to make it easier to include others.

These pillboxes are not all completely within the land of the Canal & River Trust, but are boxes that can effectively be "touched" along the towpath.

These pillboxes formed part of the Taunton Stop line defences.



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Pillbox no. 2.8, Pillbox no. 3.1, Pillbox no. 4.0, Pillbox no. 4.3, Pillbox no. 4.5
Pillbox no. 4.9, Pillbox no. 5.7, Pillbox no. 6.5, Pillbox no. 6.7, Pillbox no. 6.9
Pillbox no. 7.0, Pillbox no. 7.5, Pillbox no. 7.8, Pillbox no. 8.9, Pillbox no. 9.2
Pillbox no. 9.8, Pillbox no. 10.0, Pillbox no. 10.4, Pillbox no. 10.7, Dragons Teeth 10.7
Pillbox no. 11.0, Pillbox no. 11.2, Pillbox no. 11.5, Pillbox no. 11.7, Pillbox no. 12.0
Pillbox no. 12.4


A GPS file of waypoint locations can be downloaded - Pillbox Waypoints batc.txt. The file extension needs to be renamed from .txt to .gpx

A pdf document of the details can be downloaded - fobatc pillbox locations.pdf.

See the all the locations here - Pillbox Locations.

Pillbox types can be found here http://www.pillbox-study-group.org.uk/

Pillbox number : 2.8 (N72)
Type : Was disguised as a lock keepers cottage
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 2.8 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 11.5 miles
Grid reference : N 51.025100, W 3.041518 or ST 27052560
Civil Parish : Creech St Michael CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB2.8
Approximate Location : Creech St Michael


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Pillbox number : 3.1 (N70)
Type : Unknown, only part of wall remains
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 3.1 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 11.2 miles
Grid reference : N 51.025123, W 3.034729 or ST 27532559
Civil Parish : Creech St Michael CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB3.1
Approximate Location : Creech St Michael


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Pillbox number : 4.0 (N66)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 4.0 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 10.3 miles
Grid reference : N 51.030093, W 3.017319 or ST 28762613
Civil Parish : Creech St Michael CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB4.0
Approximate Location : Engine House


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Pillbox number : 4.3 (N65)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 4.3 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 10.0 miles
Grid reference : N 51.033955, W 3.012627 or ST 29092655
Civil Parish : Creech St Michael CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB4.3
Approximate Location : Charlton


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Pillbox number : 4.5 (N64)
Type : Probably 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 4.5 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 9.8 miles
Grid reference : N 51.036070, W 3.010639 or ST 29232679
Civil Parish : Creech St Michael CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB4.5
Approximate Location : Near Charlton


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Pillbox number : 4.9 (N63)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 4.9 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 9.4 miles
Grid reference : N 51.038806, W 3.004248 or ST 29692709
Civil Parish : Durston CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB4.9
Approximate Location : Cogload rail junction


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Pillbox number : 5.7 (N62)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 5.7 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 8.6 miles
Grid reference : N 51.046785, W 2.993905 or ST 30422796
Civil Parish : Durston or Lyng CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB5.7
Approximate Location : 200 yards from A361 road bridge, towards Swan’s Neck (mainly hidden)


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Pillbox number : 6.5 (N59)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 6.5 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 7.8 miles
Grid reference : N 51.056374, W 2.990010 or ST 30712903
Civil Parish : Lyng or North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB6.5
Approximate Location : Between Outwood & Stausland (Higher Maunsel) Lock


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Pillbox number : 6.7 (N58)
Type : Probably 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 6.7 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 7.6 miles
Grid reference : N 51.058706, W 2.988814 or ST 30802928
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB6.7
Approximate Location : Near Stausland (Higher Maunsel) Lock


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Pillbox number : 6.9 (N57)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 6.9 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 7.4 miles
Grid reference : N 51.061738, W 2.988602 or ST 30822962
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB6.9
Approximate Location : Near to Maunsel Lock (mainly hidden)


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Pillbox number : 7.0 (N56)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 7.0 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 7.3 miles
Grid reference : N 51.063218, W 2.988835 or ST 30802979
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB7.0
Approximate Location : Near to Maunsel Lock (mainly hidden)


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Pillbox number : 7.5 (N55)
Type : Possible 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 7.5 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 6.8 miles
Grid reference : N 51.068832, W 2.993946 or ST 30453042
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB7.5
Approximate Location : Near to Coxhill road bridge (mainly hidden)


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Pillbox number : 7.8 (N53)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 7.8 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 6.5 miles
Grid reference : N 51.072480, W 2.995360 or ST 30363082
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB7.8
Approximate Location : Near to North Newton


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Pillbox number : 8.9 (N49)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 8.9 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 5.4 miles
Grid reference : N 51.078781, W 2.977939 or ST 31593151
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB8.9
Approximate Location : Near bridge close to Standards Lock (mainly hidden)


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Pillbox number : 9.2 (N47)
Type : Unknown, only partial foundations remain
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 9.2 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 5.1 miles
Grid reference : N 51.082061, W 2.976703 or ST 31683187
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB9.2
Approximate Location : Close to Standards Lock (mainly hidden)


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Pillbox number : 9.8 (N46)
Type : Probably 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 9.8 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 4.5 miles
Grid reference : N 51.088134, W 2.970050 or ST 32163254
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB9.8
Approximate Location : Near Fordgate


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Pillbox number : 10.0 (N45)
Type : Probably 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 10.0 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 4.3 miles
Grid reference : N 51.090093, W 2.970408 or ST 32133276
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB10.0
Approximate Location : Near Fordgate


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Pillbox number : 10.4 (N43)
Type : Probably 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 10.4 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 3.9 miles
Grid reference : N 51.095049, W 2.972821 or ST 31973331
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB10.4
Approximate Location : Between Fordgate & Huntworth


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Pillbox number : 10.7 (N42)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 10.7 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 3.6 miles
Grid reference : N 51.098880, W 2.972758 or ST 31983374
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB10.7
Approximate Location : Between Fordgate & Huntworth


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Dragons Teeth number : 10.7
Opposite side of canal to Pillbox 10.7
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 10.7 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 3.6 miles
Grid reference : N 51.098874, W 2.972948 or ST 31973374
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of DT10.7
Approximate Location : Between Fordgate & Huntworth


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Pillbox number : 11.0 (N41)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 11.0 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 3.3 miles
Grid reference : N 51.103117, W 2.974945 or ST 31843421
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB11.0
Approximate Location : South of Huntworth Bridge


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Pillbox number : 11.2 (N40)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 11.2 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 3.1 miles
Grid reference : N 51.105899, W 2.975945 or ST 31773452
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB11.2
Approximate Location : North of Huntworth Bridge (mainly hidden)


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Pillbox number : 11.5 (N39)
Type : Unknown, only partial foundations remain
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 11.5 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 2.8 miles
Grid reference : N 51.109183, W 2.980130 or ST 31483489
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB11.5
Approximate Location : South of Boat & Anchor Inn (mainly hidden)


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Pillbox number : 11.7 (N38)
Type : 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 11.7 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 2.6 miles
Grid reference : N 51.110147, W 2.983489 or ST 31233500
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB11.7
Approximate Location : Just North of Boat & Anchor Inn


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Pillbox number : 12.0 (N37)
Type : 24, only partial base remains
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 12.0 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 2.3 miles
Grid reference : N 51.112475, W 2.987689 or ST 30963526
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB12.0
Approximate Location : Near Crossways swing bridge, Huntworth


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Pillbox number : 12.4 (N35)
Type : Probably 24
Distance from Firepool Lock, Taunton : 12.4 miles
Distance from Bridgwater Marina : 1.9 miles
Grid reference : N 51.115686, W 2.995032 or ST 30453563
Civil Parish : North Petherton CP
See location in Streetmap.co.uk :Location of PB12.4
Approximate Location : Near Stockmoor Close, Bridgwater


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