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    Default World War II air raid shelters and defenses in the Liverpool area

    Here is one for the history buffs among us, my family and myself were walking on the path from the coastguard station out towards Hightown and Formby today and I mentioned to my wife that there used to be what I imagine to be old air raid shelters dug into the sand dunes somewhere along there, I remember climbing down into them when when I was many years younger.

    We walked as far as the waste water treatment pumping plant but for the life of me i could not place where the shelters were, or even how far they are from the coastguard station...any help to jog my memory would be gladly appreciated

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    I remember seeing them last summer. Can't pinpoint them exactly but we walked a bit further inland along the edge of the golf course walking back to the coastguard station. There was a fenced off part that was presumably for the Natterjacks, then there was a large sand dune and just past that there was what looked like the back of large pill boxes facing inland. Sorry I can't be any more specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davegore2005 View Post
    Here is one for the history buffs among us, my family and myself were walking on the path from the coastguard station out towards Hightown and Formby today and I mentioned to my wife that there used to be what I imagine to be old air raid shelters dug into the sand dunes somewhere along there, I remember climbing down into them when when I was many years younger.

    We walked as far as the waste water treatment pumping plant but for the life of me i could not place where the shelters were, or even how far they are from the coastguard station...any help to jog my memory would be gladly appreciated

    Dave
    Hi Dave

    As MarkA mentions, it sounds as if you are talking about pill boxes for coastal defense rather than air raid shelters.

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    there was a ROC post there and i think it has been destroyed now it was in the fenced off area near the coast guard station

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    The structures you refer to are pillboxes. I explored them (in all of about 2 minutes!!) a year or so ago. I'd hoped there would be some link tunnels and things, but they're individual pillboxes once used for the defence of the Mersey Estuary.

    I know that Formby's ROC post still exists, although it's in bad shape and totally stripped/burnt out inside. Last time I was up there you could get inside it, although obviously not much to see now...

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    Hi,

    I have a map on my website of the area you refer to www.worldwar2defences.co.uk The structures are part of old Fort Crosby and it did defend the estuary. The site was built before both world wars but was beefed up during the second world war to defend the North Western Approaches. If you're interested in WW2 Pillboxes and defence structures in merseyside there are more on my website. I am constantly adding locations there are so many it is going to take me a long time to photograph and add them all!

    Hope that helps

    Derek

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