Taunton Stop Line

 
Although not through the village or for that matter, not even close, I thought it was worth a mention here. Had Britain been invaded by the Nazis, Holford like elsewhere would natually have been effected. The Taunton stop line may well have helped to slow down advancing German forces. Any direct link to Holford is unknown, but like many things to have happened at this time, it would have had an influence.
 
This Stop Line ran from the north coast of Somerset down to Seaton, Devon. The installations were built by private contractors and Army personnel in the weeks following the Dunkirk evacuations.
The Line, of over 300 pillboxes plus machine gun emplacements, anti-tank gun emplacements, anti-tank ditches, infantry trenches and many other defences, ran down from the Pawlett Hams in the north of Somerset, along the River Parrett and then, following the east bank of the Bridgwater and Taunton canal southward, to Creech St. Michael where it joined and followed the dried-up bed of the old Taunton & Chard Canal. South-west of Ilton the Line traced the route of the Great Western Railway southward. North of Chard Junction the Line left the G.W.R. and followed the route shared by the Southern Railway and the River Axe, briefly crossing over into Dorset in a couple of places, finally following the Axe into the seaside town of Seaton, Devon, where the Stop Line ended.
 
Together with the pillboxes around our coast (closest to Holford is at Lilstock), Britain's secret army (Auxiliary Units) training and shelters where all part of the invasion threat and homeland defences. Local rumour says that there was an Auxiliary Unit at Steart, but this has yet to be confirmed.
 
 
 
Society visit to the Stop Lines
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