Pill Box Grune Point

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Pill Box at Grune Point, Skinburness, Silloth: Photograph by Gordon Akitt

Sometimes known as the ‘Cumberland Machine-Gun and Anti-Tank Rifle Emplacement,’ the  remains of the unique concrete-filled sandbag pill-box in the image above lies at the end of Grune Point. The claim is that this design of pill-box is unique to the area  at the time known as Cumberland.

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Inside the Pill Box at Grune Point, Skinburness, Silloth. Photograph by Gordon Akitt

The cairn  above the pill box is a memorial to four Silloth Firemen who died while trying to rescue a wildfowler on 10th December 1956. These brave men lost their lives in an open boat, responding to a false alarm suggesting that someone was in difficulties on the Skinburness Marshes. Their boat was presumed swamped by the rough seas and the four firemen drowned. Subsequently, all four men were interred in single graves side by side in section K3 in Causewayhead Cemetery.

At low tide the remains of Hudson AM 771, which crashed on take-off from Silloth airfield during WW2, can be seen lying in Moricombe Bay, near Grune Point.

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