World War II discoveries at Windmill Farm

In this short article, originally published as a blog post on our website back in April 2013, Nick Marriott of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust describes the discovery of some pill boxes: archaeology from World War II. 

World War II discoveries at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve

Pill boxes

We knew Windmill Farm Nature Reserve had World War II buildings scattered across the site, associated with nearby Predannack Airfield. The best preserved of these are three pill boxes situated near the information centre; however, it was not until we started to look more carefully at the hedgerows as part of our hedge laying and coppicing programme that we discovered more archaeological gems. Four more pill boxes were unearthed that we had no idea existed. Two of them sit side by side on a Cornish hedge. The hedge was coppiced in the winter, and the pill boxes can now see the light of day once more and look to be in excellent condition.

Published: April 2013
Author: Nick Marriott, West Cornwall Reserves Manager, Cornwall Wildlife Trust