Record Details

NHER Number:31421
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two pillbox and spigot mortar base


A World War Two pillbox and spigot mortar base survive close to the perimeter of Swanton Morley airfield (NHER 2830). The spigot mortar base is currently located about 30m from the pillbox. It has been moved from its original site and may originally have stood within 10m of the pillbox.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9975 1932
Map Sheet:TF91NE

Full description

1994. Field Observation.
Pillbox and spigot mortar emplacement.
The pillbox is a common, 1940 type 22 and is located about 100m from the perimeter track facing northwest (Survey No. K2-9). The spigot mortar emplacment is a common 1940 spigot mortar gun base standing behind pillbox K2-9. It is very high and was obviously once sand bagged around (Survey No. K2-10).
Information from a member of the public [1]. See record forms (S1) in file.
D. Walker (NLA), August 1996.

1995. Field Observation.
A polygonal pillbox coated in concrete is located in a defensive position on the corner of the airfield. On the opposite side of the track is a mortar spigot.
E. Rose (NLA), 31 July 1995.

2002. Field Observation.
The pillbox is one of six to survive around the perimeter of Swanton Morley airfield (NHER 2830). It is sited in a hedgerow, approximately 45m outside of the perimtere track of the airfield. The spigot mortar base/pedestal has been moved from its original site. It was possibly originally set 40m to the west of its present position, in the hedgerow and about 10m away from the pillbox.
Information from (S2).
D. Robertson (NLA), 14 March 2006.

March 2008. Norfolk NMP.
This pillbox is visible on aerial photographs (S3) within an area of military defences and structures recorded as part of the main Swanton Morley record (NHER 2830). The spigot mortar emplacement could not be discerned on the aerial photographs.
S. Massey (NMP), 03 March 2008.

Monument Types

  • PEDESTAL (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • PILLBOX (World War Two to 21st Century - 1939 AD to 2100 AD)
  • SPIGOT MORTAR EMPLACEMENT (World War Two to 21st Century - 1939 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 3G/TUD/UK/51 5125-6 31-JAN-1946 (NMR).
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Recording Form: [various]. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey Recording Form. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Bamford, H.. 2002. MPP Sites Report..

Related records

2830Part of: Swanton Morley Airfield (Monument)
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