Concrete block from the War

Away from the WomBrook Walk path, but visible from the first of the wooden benches downstream from the Gravel Hill picnic benches, a moss-covered concrete cylinder patiently awaits removal from the Brook. A legacy from World War II, this block, along with many others were manufactured as road obstacles, and used for slowing cars and lorries down by the Home Guard (and the regular Army) at vehicle check points during the last war.

At the end of hostilities, these blocks posed a disposal problem-instead of being recycled, they were collected together and buried close to the Brook. The recent cold weather has accelerated the process of soil erosion close to the stream bank, causing soil to break away from the buried blocks, eventually exposing this one and causing it to spill into the Brook.concrete block