Record Details

NHER Number:24939
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two gun emplacements at Hunstanton Coastal Battery

Summary

World War Two coastal battery gun emplacements (see NHER 26938) are visible on RAF aerial photographs from 1944 and 1953. In 1988 one of the emplacements was uncovered during sewerage works, as were World War Two concrete bunkers and brick tunnels. One of the tunnels led to an observation tower (NHER 23514).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 6744 4186
Map Sheet:TF64SE
Parish:HUNSTANTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

November 1988. 'At north end of Cliff Parade by the shelter nearest to the chapel ruins'.
Information from Anglian Water Authority staff. Correctly located by J. Wymer (NAU).
Gun emplacement with bunkers roofed in concrete and brick tunnels. Buried in cliff. Stated to have been used only twice about 1940. Discovered in digging sewer and left in position.
See (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 November 1988.

This was connected to the coastal battery (NHER 26938) and NHER 23514; see that file for further information.

Source [1] states that machine guns and explosives were found in the tunnel to the coastguard tower (NHER 23514) when it was rediscovered.
E. Rose (NLA), 29 June 2001.

June 2001. Norfolk NMP.
The World War Two gun emplacements, defences and structures relating to the Hunstanton Coastal Battery have been mapped during the NMP project under the number NHER 26938. See that record for details.
S. Massey (NMP), 26 June 2001.

May to November 2004. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Survey. Inter-tidal survey.
See NHER 41423 for concrete found at the base of the cliffs - it may have come from this site.
D. Robertson (NLA), 18 April 2006.

Monument Types

  • BUNKER (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • TUNNEL (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Document: Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey record form.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Clifftop gun site holds up a sewer. 15 November.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1944. RAF 106G/LA/67 4130-1 02-DEC-1944 (NMR).
<S3>Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1953. RAF 1007 0114 03-FEB-1953 (Norfolk SMR TF 6741B).

Related records

26938Part of: Hunstanton World War Two Coastal Battery (Monument)
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