Category Archives: Defences and Training Ranges

Remains of Grune Point Bombing range

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Remains of Grune Point Bombing Range. Photograph by Gordon Akitt.

The wooden structure above shows the remains of the Grune Point bombing range.

There were other WW2 related structures on the Grune, notably a quadrant tower which the observers will have used to monitor the success of the ‘practise bombing runs’. This will have been very similar in type to one on the Beckfoot site.

In addition, there was a ‘field office’ and a tracked moving target firing range. Much of this has now vanished, although demolition rubble with reinforcing bars, near the point, allows an informed judgement as to construction type and materials.  Gordon Akitt believe he has identified what were once the legs of the demolished quadrant observation tower amid the rubble and debris.

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.