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Picture No:435
Courtesy of:Environment Agency
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Pillbox at the Mary Stanford lifeboat house

This photo shows the wooden groynes and, on the extreme left, the concrete pillbox from WWII - the base of which is still present there. The date of the photo is a guess.
Picture Added on 06 January 2018.


I was born in Rye Harbour in 1946. I remember the groynes as they show in photo but cannot remember the blockhouse. I sure it was gone by the early 1950s. As stated the base is still there, but l didnt know it was a base for blockhouse. I remember walking many times from Rye Harbour to the lifeboat house wooding for firewood with my gran Nellie Breeds and Bertha Alford, with our old pram, and us kids commin home exhausted after walking up and back along the shoreline until we had filled the pram high with firewood. That would have lasted Nellie and Bertha a week in the winter for the fires in both houses. It was the only way to get by then money was very short. When l look at the world now with kids staying indoors with their computers ect. I know that l had by far the best childhood, and even now in my 70s look back and wonder how the kids of today would cope with the childood we had then, l dont think they would, but it was what we were born into and l loved every minute of it.
Added by Bernard Clark on 02 August 2019.

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