Shooters Hill is one of the highest points in London with a summit of 432 feet. The name is thought to date back to 1226 when the land was used for archery practise; either that or a common area for highwaymen. During the Second World War several defences were built in the area to protect both London and the nearby Woolwich Barracks. In 2008 Time Team visited the site and carried out various investigations.
Air Raid Shelter
This ‘L’ shape air raid shelter is situated in Oxleas wood and is thought to have been a private one for a residential property. The ceiling inside shows the pattern from the corrugated iron that would have been used to cast it. The was possible a blast wall at either entrance which can been seen ruined.
We’re unsure on that this building was used for – it has just one window but plenty of air vents which would suggest that it wasn’t a defensive building. There’s suggestions that it could be either an air raid shelter or toilets. If you know then please do comment below.
The Bull Pub
As mentioned in the Time Team video above, The Bull pub is thought to have had a pillbox built on the side and disguised as a service station. Whilst no original plans or photos can cooperate this, part of the wall has been been rebuilt suggesting that there was a pillbox there.
Built behind what was initially the old police station, this spigot mortar emplacement survives in a good condition. From 1941 the Home Guard would have manned this position and attacked any tanks, should they get close enough, with the intention of piercing the armour.
Sources: Hidden London & Time Team