Record Details

NHER Number:32427
Type of record:Building
Name:World War Two pillbox


This World War Two pillbox is associated with Swanton Morley airfield (NHER 2830). Although it survived in 2002, plans were in place to demolish it.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9955 1886
Map Sheet:TF91NE

Full description

1995. Field Observation.
A common World War Two type 22 pillbox located 150m from the perimeter track of Swanton Morely airfield (NHER 2830). Survey No. K2-7.
Information from member of the public [1]. See record form (S1) in file.
D. Walker (NLA), August 1996.

2002. Field Observation.
One of six surviving hexagonal type 22 pillboxes around Swanton Morley airfield (NHER 2830). This example is situated outside the perimeter track, on the west side of the airfield. The pillbox was covered in a thick layer of turf instead of being camouflaged in a hedge. The concrete core exhibited some cracks and a large portion of the brick shuttering had fallen away from the exterior, but the interior remained in relatively good condition. However, gravel extraction has been planned for this area and this pillbox is to be demolished.

June 2002. Field Survey.
The NAU carried out a survey in advance of demolition and gravel extraction (see NHER 37159). This pillbox was probably constructed between June 1940 and May 1941. The pillbox retained a vegetation covered mound on the roof designed to provide camouflage from the air.
Information from (S2).
NGR corrected to TF 9955 1886 from original of TF 9945 1900. Correction based on information in (S3).
D. Robertson (NLA), 14 March 2006.

March 2008. Norfolk NMP.
This pillbox is visible on aerial photographs (S4) within an area of military defences and structures recorded as part of the main Swanton Morley record (NHER 2830).
S. Massey (NMP), 03 March 2008.

Monument Types

  • PILLBOX (World War Two to Modern - 1940 AD to 2002 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey record form.
<S2>Unpublished document: Trimble, G. & Underdown, S.. 2002. NAU Report No. 770. Report on an Archaeological Evaluation on land adjoining Swanton Morley Airfield, Beetley, Norfolk.. pp 11-13.
<S3>Unpublished document: Bamford, H.. 2002. MPP Sites Report..
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 3G/TUD/UK/51 5125-6 31-JAN-1946 (NMR).

Related records

37159Part of: Multi-period activity and an Early Saxon cemetery at Roosting Hills (or Beetley) Quarry (Monument)
2830Part of: Swanton Morley Airfield (Monument)
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