Conservative Parish councillors have praised the decision to grant Grade II Listed status to Second World War pillboxes in Saddleworth following the announcement by government agency Historic England.
These pillboxes, which have been added to England’s National Heritage List, are at Bleak Hey Nook above Delph and off the A635 Holmfirth Road in Greenfield and were built as anti-invasion defences.
Both locations made good use of natural camouflage and provided openings for rifles or, light, machine guns.
Welcoming the news Parish Councillor and Leader of Saddleworth Conservatives Max J. Woodvine said: “It is wonderful that these Saddleworth structures have been recognised by the Conservative Government. Some would say that they are ideal to counteract the current invasion at Dove Stone but I couldn’t possibly comment.”
Another Saddleworth councillor, Luke Lancaster, added: “We are blessed in Saddleworth to have so many unique and historic features dotted across our beautiful landscape, and these pillboxes can certainly count amongst them. I’m glad they’ve received the recognition and protection they deserve.”
Heritage Minister, Nigel Huddleston MP, stated: “These significant additions to the list span the whole country and include something for everyone to enjoy. I am grateful that, thanks to these listings, these heritage sites will continue to enrich our communities for generations to come.”