Tank Trap

An obstacle built to stop the progress of tanks or armoured vehicles of an invading force. These date to the Second World War when it was feared that Britain could be invaded and can include lengths of ditch, walls or concrete blocks. Tank traps are usually found on strategically important routes and around locations that were thought necessary to defend.

4 thoughts on “Tank Trap”

  1. Rebecca Maddox says:

    We visited family in Guildford this weekend, and came across the impressive and extensive tank traps behind Spectrum in Stoke Park – complete with gun emplacements made of sandbags in trenches. These are the most extensive tank traps we have ever seen, and the whole site is redolent with history, like a Napoleonic Martello Tower. Are these features listed, protected etc? I lived in Guildford when growing up, not far away, but had never heard of them.

    1. Richard Francis says:

      What’s the exact location of these as I would love to have a look

  2. Liz says:

    We also came across these tank traps but are puzzled as to why they are in Guildford.

    1. ESP Admin says:

      These features are, as yet, not recorded in the Surrey Historic Environment Record. They are probably the ones talked about on this page http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/defensive-works-in-stoke-park-in-guildford-surrey.21384/, which indicates they were created by the Home Guard and include all manner of defensive features.

      One commenter in the thread mentions maps and documents relating to the wartime defences in Stoke Park that are now preserved at the Surrey History Centre in Woking, namely https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/collections/getrecord/SHCOL_1293. To view these original sources contact the Centre to arrange a visit: [email protected]. Another commenter states the features are mentioned in the book ‘Guildford, the War Years’.

      The dates attributed to the records in the History Centre would indicate that they weren’t created before 1942. It is remarkable that so much survives in such a good state of preservation. It has been suggested there may have been some restoration/recreation work done in more recent years, but there’s no sign online of anything done in this regard to commemorate VE Day, for example.

      It’s unfortunate that all of the linked photos were uploaded to a Flickr account that no longer exists. If anyone has photographs please send them to [email protected].

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