Record Details

NHER Number:10425
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of World War One and World War Two searchlight battery

Summary

A World War Two searchlight battery is visible on aerial photographs dating to 1944 and 1945. The site was apparently also used during World War One.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 4153 0246
Map Sheet:TG40SW
Parish:REEDHAM, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Circular cropmark on air photograph.
Ordnance Survey records it as searchlight site from 1914 to 1918 and 1939 to 1945. R. R. Clarke (NCM).
E. Rose (NAU).

October 1945. RAF air photograph shows searchlight enclosure in situ with smaller structures to south.
B. Cushion (NLA), 9 June 1999.

April 2007. Norfolk NMP
A World War Two searchlight battery is visible on aerial photographs (S1-S2). The central grid reference for this site has been amended from TG 4151 0252 to TG 4153 0246. The earliest available aerial photographs showing this site date to May 1944 (S2). The site appears to have been a typical World War Two searchlight battery with a trefoil shaped group of emplacements. These were located in the eastern part of the site but the earth banks forming two of the circular emplacements had been levelled by May 1944. To their northwest was a larger earth-banked circular emplacement containing a central structure or equipment. The fixed searchlight associated with the group of three emplacements appear to have been removed by this date. It is possible that they had been replaced by trailer-mounted mobile searchlights. Two structures to the southwest of the original emplacements may be these searchlights. Buildings associated with the site were present along its western boundary and a hexagonal pillbox, probably a Type 22, was located at the road junction to its northwest.
J. Albone (NMP), 20 April 2007

Monument Types

  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • PILLBOX (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 40 SW M.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Reedham.
<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/930 3030-1 16-OCT-1945 (NHER TG 4002B / TG 4102A).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1944. RAF 106G/UK/LA/15 3029-30 28-MAY-1944 (NMR).

Related records - none

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