The history behind Lyme’s ‘dragon’s teeth’

Monmouth Beach dragon's teeth
Monmouth Beach road pictured during the Second World War with the concrete blocks in question circled in white

THE “dragons teeth” anti-tank blocks on Monmouth Beach, which recently made local news after being graphitised, were the far western end of a line of blocks that stretched from the beach to the Royal Standard. 

They were built during the early threat of German invasion in 1940, using local labour.

Lyme Regis resident and local, history enthusiast, Ken Gollop, said: “The late Cecil Quick once told me that, as a young builder, two men were expected to build two a day.

“This involved digging the foundation, putting up the shuttering and mixing the concrete. Soon after that he was drafted into the army.

“Most of the blocks were demolished after the war, two remain buried under the beach near the remaining ones.

“The present visible blocks had been left in position as they were out of the way and posed no problem. They were only moved when the cliffs slipped threatening the chalets and the new ones built.

“I was in discussion with the past council outdoor works manager with a view to making a feature of them but a change of appointments and COVID could have delayed things.

“We do not have much left locally from WW2 to remind future generations of that period in our history.”

The blocks have now been spray-painted with bright yellow and pink with the street art splitting local opinion.

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