The pillbox overlooks the Seaton On Tees channel, where Greatham Creek reaches the sea.
Externally its virtually free of grafitti, perhaps due to its remote location.
Inside the mounting pole for a Bren or Lewis gun still remains.
The site known as Greatham Saltworks was founded in the late 1800s before becoming Cerebos around the turn of the century. In 1968 CerebosÂ becameÂ part ofÂ Ranks Hovis McDougallÂ andÂ products such as Bisto Gravy andÂ Atora Suet were manufactured.
From 1997 to closure in 2002 some SharwoodsÂ products were made here, on the day I visited it was in the final stages of demolition.
The internals of site wereÂ photographed extensively on urbex sites such as 28 Days Later
I have found a reference in the 1856 book “History, topography, and directory of the county palatine of Durham” by William Whellan that states.
‘The Barrington School, situated in the centre of the village, was erected in 1831 ; it is efficiently conducted, and well attended. There is also an Infant School, which was erected by subscription in 1831’
A series of date stones are preserved in the wall of the current community centre. The first marks the foundation of the Greatham Church School in 1834 with the inscription ‘Non Nobis Domine’ which translates as “Not to us, O Lord”
Next is a 1878 rebuild with the inscription ‘Non Nobis Sed, Nomini Tuo Da Glorium’ which translates as “not to us, but to your name give glory” both parts being from Psalm 115
The final stone simply marks a 1928 enlargement.
The Sheaf Thrower by Michael Disley was erected in 19th June 1995
It commemorates the tradition of Sheaf Throwing at the annual Greatham feast, which has been happening for 550 years.
Apparently a piece of the birds head fell off shortly after installation, but has since been repaired.
This metal pin is another part of the extensive network on anti-landing measures around Greatham Creek.
It was the mounting point for a Spigot Mortar or Blacker Bombard which would have been able to fire a 20lb anti-tank explosive approximately 100 yards, presumably at any invading force on the nearby bridge.
The original bridge which has since been replaced, was itself mined to allow its total destruction
After a little more research and some input from readers i’m now confident these are the remains of a QF decoy site called Greenabella. These sites lit controlled fires during air raids to appear as targets struck by bombs. This location was a civil decoy for Middlesbrough.
I think the larger structure with the holes for pipes and a chimney is likely to be the generator building, with the smaller structure the shelter.
Other decoy sites in the area also have unusual structures.
The square section post lies on an elevated platform that was formerly a railway.
Internally its of a similar constructionÂ to the smaller section posts close by, although this time the view is of cows rather than a mud bank.
The adjacent pillbox is in remarkably good cood condition, mostly free of rubbish and grafitti and evenÂ retaining some metal shutters inside.