Information for record number MWA8872:
Anti tank pimples

Summary The site of a Second World War tank trap formed by eleven anti tank pimples. They were situated on the north side of the aquaduct carrying the Oxford Canal over the Old Leicester Road at Rugby.
What Is It?  
Type: Tank Trap
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Rugby
District: Rugby, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 50 77
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
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Source Number  

1 Single rows of pimples lining both sides of the road north of the Oxford Canal forming a tank trap. There are 11 on the west side and 9 on the east. A number of them look as if they may have been re-sited.

Source No:
Source Type: Defence of Britain Project Record Form
Title: Defence of Britian Project
Author/originator: Amishaw A
Date: Feb 2001
Page Number:
A Second World War tank trap, a series of concrete pimples, on Old Leicester Road, Rugby
Copyright: A Armishaw
Date: 2001
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Word or Phrase
monument TANK TRAP * Reinforced concrete blocks, walls or ditches designed to obstruct the progress of a tank or armoured vehicle. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument CANAL * An artificial navigable waterway used for the transportation of goods. Nowadays also used for recreational purposes. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument DEFENCE * This is the top term for the class. See DEFENCE Class List for narrow terms. back
monument ANTI TANK PIMPLE * Blocks of solid concrete,in the form of truncated pyramids usually 3 feet square x 2 feet high which could be placed in rows to impede enemy movement in the event of invasion. Pimples were recommended for use on soft ground. back
monument ROW * A row of buildings built during different periods, as opposed to a TERRACE. back

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