Record Details

NHER Number:53398
Type of record:Monument
Name:Two World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements related to Snetterton Airfield

Summary

Two World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements to the north of Snetterton Airfield (NHER 9068) are visible on aerial photographs as open earthworks.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 0057 9187
Map Sheet:TM09SW
Parish:SNETTERTON, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

February 2010. Norfolk NMP.
Two World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements to the north of Snetterton Airfield (NHER 9068) are visible on aerial photographs (S1) as open earthworks.
They are centred on TM 0031 9204 and TM 0083 9169. Each defence consists of a pit feature measuring up to 4.6m by 3.4m 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 8m 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 east (NHER 53397) and west of the airfield (NHER 53396), 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

  • 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. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1707 3105-6 29-AUG-1946 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1950. RAF 540/432 5087-8 11-OCT-1950 (NMR).

Related records

9068Part of: Snetterton and Eccles Road Airfields (Monument)
53396Related to: Five dispersed World War Two defences/spigot mortar emplacements related to Snetterton Airfield 9068 (Monument)
57464Related to: Two World War Two spigot mortar emplacements/airfield defence posts (Monument)
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