New war book

From left, Robin Daniels and Peter Rowe, of Tees Archaeology, with the new booklet
From left, Robin Daniels and Peter Rowe, of Tees Archaeology, with the new booklet

HARTLEPOOL’S surviving wartime defences are being explored by Tees Archaeology.

A new 25-page booklet called Hartlepool at War has been composed by archaeologist Peter Rowe and gives incredible detail about a group of Second World War defences which are now preserved within the Bishop Cuthbert housing estate.

UK forces set about defending the British beaches in the early part of the war from the impending German invasion by creating numerous pillboxes, road blocks and minefields.

Many of those defences were demolished shortly after the end of the war, but a number have survived in Hartlepool.

Printing of the book has been funded by Bellway Homes, one of the estate’s principal developers, after the firm mistakenly demolished a pillbox during the development of the estate.

The booklet has been distributed to schools and copies can be bought for £2.50 from the Museum of Hartlepool, Hartlepool Art Gallery or directly from Tees Archaeology on (01429) 523458.