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The Last Remaining Pill Box in the Area?
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The Last Remaining Pill Box in the Area?

Detail of the Pill Box shown in picture #1237, situated on the BA Straight close to the Black Ditch.
Picture added on 29 July 2009 at 09:24
There are a couple more in a field at Rosskeen (between the B817 and the railway line) near the thief's stone.
Added by JillianB on 29 July 2009
Jillian, I thought that this was an anti-aircraft gun location - in the field at Rosskeen - perhaps it needs closer inspection!
Added by Malcolm McKean on 29 July 2009
Talking about pillboxes is the one just past the tanks going along the path to the Bulls Hill; also the one just before the Donkey Bridge at the bottom of the Bulls Hill; also the two great square lumps of concrete by the Donkey Bridge.
Added by Doug Will on 30 July 2009
Oops - they all look the same to me Malcolm!! All a bit before my time!! Hopefully we will not need to worry about them being brought back into use though?
Added by JillianB on 31 July 2009
There's one on the beach at the Donkey Bridge and another just up the King George St bank from there. It is well hidden now since Geography pupils planted trees on the bank in the mid 70s, to halt erosion.
Anonymous comment added on 31 July 2009
There was a Royal Observer Corps observation site in the field at Rosskeen, built mainly underground but partly visible, if I remember correctly it was in the mid '50s (cold war era) that it was constructed.
Added by Duncan Murray on 06 August 2009
Duncan, this sounds very like the site that Jillian mentions above, in the field at Rosskeen, as it appears to have been constructed partly underground.
Apparently there were anti-aircraft installations during the war at Saltburn, at the Harbour, and at Rosskeen.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 06 August 2009
Duncan, the ‘Royal Observer Corps observation site’ that you mention has been covered in a survey on the Subterranea Britannica web site. The actual url for the Invergordon Post is enormous but can be found by going to the index at www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/roc/scotland_list.html and selecting Ross & Cromarty; the entry for Invergordon is on the second page (result 12). The grid reference for the Monitoring Post places it in the field east of the ‘Thief’s Stone’ and the photos suggest a smaller visible shape than the building that exists in the adjacent field to the west.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 08 August 2009
I can remember my eldest brother Ian being in the Royal Observer Corps - must have been early sixties after he completed his RAF National Service. I also remember him taking me to the site in the field west of the Rosskeen Bridge. It was built at the top of the field into the hill on the seaward side of the railway cutting. It was a long time ago but I can remember him opening a hatch and showing me the entrance down a ladder to a chamber (that's as far as I got and probably further than I should have got). It seemed to me at the time that it was all a bit of the "Dad's Army" sort of stuff but I am sure it was relevant at the time.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 10 August 2009
The ack-ack at the far end of Saltburn was mainly manned by ATS girls. There was a gunpost between the middle pier and the dockyard. There were also several guns between the old coalyard and the beach. If I can mind I think they were bofors but maybe I'm wrong.
Added by Doug Will on 18 August 2009
I was in the Royal Observer Corps. When I joined I didn’t know the place was there. I passed it a thousand times, it was amazing, we went underground, women and men. I can’t tell you more about it for obvious reasons. It was an experience I enjoyed until it disbanded in 1990 I think.
Added by David Gow on 30 July 2010
The bunker to the west of old Rosskeen Church, just south of the railway and overlooking the boating club, was in fact a cold war nuclear war bunker and inside was stored rations including, tinned food, blankets and communications. There was still a working phone line inside up until approx 12 years ago. Just west of this in the middle of a field was a WW2 bunker which has just very recently been demolished (Summer 2011).
Anonymous comment added on 27 August 2011
Really interesting, I always wondered about these anonymous concrete installations and what they hid.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 15 September 2011
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