Record Details

NHER Number:51064
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two Pickett-Hamilton fort, Swanton Morley Airfield


The site of a World War Two Pickett-Hamilton fort or turret located within Swanton Morley airfield (NHER 2830). This defence, which is one of a group of three surviving examples (NHER 51063, 51065), is a small sunken, circular pillbox.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 00084 18736
Map Sheet:TG01NW

Full description

January 1994. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey, survey number L1-2.
Set flush in grass, looks like a manhole cover. Machinery rusted but intact.
See (S1) in file.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 14 January 2008.

January 2003.
Three Pickett-Hamilton forts scheduled.
This fort flooded at time of scheduling.
Information from (S2) and (S3).
J. Allen (NLA), 6 March 2003.

For details of other forts see NHER 51063 and NHER 51065.
Site previously recorded under NHER 2830.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 14 January 2008.

The centre of this site has been amended to take in the old location of this site
(TG 00084 18736) and the new NMP derived location TG 0009 1873. The new central grid reference is TG 0008 1873.

May 2008. Norfolk NMP.
The site of the Pickett-Hamilton fort or turret is visible on aerial photographs (S4) at TG 0009 1873. The two other scheduled forts were also visible on the aerial photographs (NHER 51063, 51065). An additional six possible sub-surface Pickett-Hamilton forts have also been tentatively identified, see NHER 2830 for details.

The site consists of a circular parchmark approximately 2m in diameter. There is a slight discrepancy between the location of the site on the NMP mapping and the previously recorded grid reference for this feature (TG 00084 18736), approximately 15m. It is not clear whether this discrepancy is due to the NMP rectification process or a slight inaccuracy in the originally stated grid reference.
S. Massey (NMP), 12 May 2008.

Monument Types

  • PICKETT HAMILTON FORT (World War Two - 1940 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Recording Form: [various]. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey Recording Form. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF330.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF330.
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS Surveys Limited. 1988. BKS 0402-4 07-AUG-1988 (NCC 3510-2).

Related records

2830Part of: Swanton Morley Airfield (Monument)
51065Related to: World War Two Pickett-Hamilton fort, Swanton Morley Airfield (Monument)
51063Related to: World War Two Pickett-Hamilton fort, Swanton Morley Airfield (Monument)
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