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Archway - Tower Bank
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Captain Craster

Chapel Row
Church Street
Coastguard Cottages Coquet View
Craster Tower
Craster Village
Distant Shores
Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Road
Haven Hill
Iron Age Settlement
Jolly Fisherman
Little Adam's House
Memorial Hall
Methodist Chapel
Middle Rigg
Quarry, Aerial
Ropeway and Bins

Radar Station
Reservoir 'Tank'
Robson's Smokehouse
St Peter the Fisherman
The 'Shute'
The 'Square'
Summer House
We Can Mind the Time
West End Cottages
Whin Hill
World War Two

Craster in World War Two

Although it would be easy to regard Craster as a distant backwater in the context of WW2, there are many reminders of the war in Craster and its surrounds.

Driving into Craster, the pill box at the bottom of Tower Bank is the first example of the way that the war made its presence felt in this area.

Pill Box at the bottom of Tower Bank, Craster
Photo: Peter Howard

In fact, this is only one of several pill boxes that are to be found around Craster. The reason for their presence is the very real fear at the time that the beaches and harbours of North Northumberland may become landing sites for the invasion of Britain from Norway.

Locals remember a military roadblock on the road into Craster close to the pill box, but all traces of this have now gone. This consisted two large concrete blocks on either side of the road restricting the width of the road to that of one vehicle. Dennis Dawson's father had the job of lighting the two oil lamps that marked the obstruction out at night time.

In the harbour itself, three large concrete cubes are still to be found on the foreshore. Their role was to impede the movement of vehicles. The best examples in Northumberland are found to the north and south of the mainland end of the causeway to Holy Island. Closer examples may be found on the beach to the north of Bamburgh Castle. Those placed along Embleton beach have either been removed or covered in sand.

Chuchill's 'Dice' on the Craster foreshore
Photo: Peter Howard

Dunstanburgh Castle Minefield

Anti-invasion defences took many forms. The following aerial image, a detail of a much larger photograph, shows a minefield close to Dunstanburgh Castle.

A minefield close to Dunstanburgh Castle, June 1945
Source: Lady Sutherland

The larger photograph is made up of many separate images, cut and stuck together to make a coherent whole by Sir Ivan and Lady Sutherland, which extends from Craster to High Newton and from the sea to inland of Embleton. One of the images carries the following number, 106G/UK.24June'45.F/202//54.... Unfortunately the end of the number is covered by another part of the image and may continue for an unknown number of digits.

The photograph was taken after the individual mines in the field had been exploded and Lady Sutherland remembers a herd of cows being put into the area to complete the job if necessary! Happily, Lady Sutherland remembers that no further explosions were triggered.

A Craster Panorama

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