Record Details

NHER Number:53396
Type of record:Monument
Name:Five dispersed World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements related to Snetterton Airfield 9068

Summary

Five dispersed World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements to the west of Snetterton Airfield (NHER 9068) are visible on aerial photographs as open earthworks. A further defence is vsible 500m to the north (NHER 57438).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 9984 8982
Map Sheet:TL98NE
Parish:SNETTERTON, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

February 2010. Norfolk NMP.
Five dispersed World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements to the west of Snetterton Airfield (NHER 9068) are visible on aerial photographs (S1) as open earthworks.
They are centred on TL 9979 8990. Each defence consists of a pit feature approximately 7m by 6m in diameter which presumably would have contained a concrete ‘thimble’ and ammunition lockers to each side. The upcast spoil forms a bank around each of the pits, up to 6m in width in some places.
Snetterton airfield was clearly quite heavily defended during World War Two, with further possible spigot mortar defences visible to the north (NHER 53398) and east of the airfield (NHER 53397), and two Light Anti Aircraft batteries (NHER 53399) and a gun emplacement (NHER 29961) also recorded here.
E. Bales (NMP), 10 February 2010.

Monument Types

  • AIRFIELD DEFENCE SITE (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK)? (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • DITCH (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • SPIGOT MORTAR EMPLACEMENT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1947. RAF CPE/UK/1938 4042-3 18-JAN-1947 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1947. RAF CPE/UK/1938 3065-6 18-JAN-1947 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 3G/TUD/UK/101 6251-2 30-MAR-1946 (NMR).

Related records

9068Part of: Snetterton and Eccles Road Airfields (Monument)
57451Related to: Airfield defence post, or spigot mortar emplacement related to Snetterton airfield (NHER 9068) (Monument)
57450Related to: Area of Nissen huts, related to Snetterton airfield (Monument)
53397Related to: Two World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements related to Snetterton Airfield (Monument)
53398Related to: Two World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements related to Snetterton Airfield (Monument)
53399Related to: Two World War Two Light Anti Aircraft defences, one of which may have been previously recorded as NHER 29961 (Monument)
57464Related to: Two World War Two spigot mortar emplacements/airfield defence posts (Monument)
57438Related to: World War Two spigot mortar emplacement/airfield defence post (Monument)
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