Information for record number MWA8879:
13 Anti tank pimples

Summary The site of a Second World War tank trap. It comprised 13 anti tank pimples in two groups beside the B4112 and the Oxford Canal at Newbold on Avon, Rugby.
What Is It?  
Type: Tank Trap
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Rugby
District: Rugby, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 48 77
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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1 13 anti tank pimples in two groups. Those beside the B4112 are 5 rows deep and disappear beneath a bank of earth as they head north towards the group of 3 blocks beside bridge No 50 over the Oxford Canal. Many more blocks remain below the surface.
2 The contruction, layout and tactical use of pimples is described in a 1943 Military Training Leaflet (No. 30).

Source No: 1
Source Type: Defence of Britain Project Record Form
Title: Defence of Britain Project
Author/originator: Armishaw A
Date: 2001
Page Number:
Source No: 2
Source Type: Serial
Title: Military Training Pamphlet
Author/originator: War Office
Date: 1943
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A Second World War tank trap, a series of concrete pimples, at Newbold on Avon
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 DEFENCE * This is the top term for the class. See DEFENCE Class List for narrow terms. back
monument BRIDGE * A structure of wood, stone, iron, brick or concrete, etc, with one or more intervals under it to span a river or other space. Use specific type where known. 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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