Scheduled Monument

Cowie Line, pill box & anti-tank blocks 450m W of Ury HouseSM6438

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
20th Century Military and Related: Pillbox; Pits, trenches (defensive) ; Tank obstacles
Local Authority
NO 85440 87831
385440, 787831


The monument comprises the remains of a Type-22 pill box and other wartime defensive structures covering the southern end of the viaduct crossing the gorge of the Cowie Water, south of Ury Home Farm, and the older bridge below it.

The pill box box is 6-sided, made of a mixture of granite, concrete and brick. There is a stanchion to attach a barbed wire entanglement. There are 5 concrete tank blocks: 2 at the S end of the viaduct and 3 blocking the S end of the older bridge below. There are traces of earthworks on the slope between the pill box and the Cowie Water. There are faint traces of further structures to the west of the pill box.

There are two areas to be scheduled. The western contains the pill box and other structures; it measures a maximum of 80m NW to SE by 22m transversely. The eastern area contains the tank blocks and the earthworks; it measures a maximum of 40m N to S by 35 m transversely. Both areas are marked in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved element of the Cowie Line, one of the strategic 'stop-lines' of the anti-invasion defences of the Second World War. The individual features of the monument are well preserved and provide a concrete expression of an important period in British history.



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