Record Details

NHER Number:49212
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of World War Two anti tank defences along the North Walsham to Dilham canal

Summary

The World War Two use of the North Walsham to Dilham canal (NHER 13534) as an anti tank ditch is evident from the banks of material and lines of disturbed ground visible as earthworks on aerial photographs taken in 1946. These were almost certainly left by the dredging of the canal in order to strengthen it as a defence. The site described here is just one of at least six sections of the canal where this is visible.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 3476 2640
Map Sheet:TG32NW
Parish:DILHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
EAST RUSTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
HONING, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

January 2007. Norfolk NMP.
Banks and linear bands of disturbed ground (the latter have been mapped by extent) are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs taken in 1946 (S1), between TG 3347 2672 and TG 3470 2586. These lie along the banks of the North Walsham to Dilham canal (NHER 13534). They are almost certainly related to the deepening of the canal for use as an anti tank ditch during World War Two, as noted in (S2). The site is one of at least six sections where this is visible. There is no evidence on later aerial photographs that any traces still survive on the ground.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 3 January 2007.

Monument Types

  • ANTI TANK DITCH (NATURAL IMPROVED) (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • ANTI TANK DITCH (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • TANK TRAP (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 5086-8 09-JUL-1946 (NMR).
<S2>Unpublished document: ?. ?. Defence Notes, derived from 'Old Maps in County Hall' IN Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society military defence file.

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