Record Details

NHER Number:12627
Type of record:Monument
Name:The site of probable World War Two searchlight battery or group of gun emplacements, removed by 1945

Summary

The remains of a probable World War Two anti-aircraft battery is visible on aerial photographs and large amounts of brick, tile and concrete have been recovered from this field, which is known as ‘Gun Field’.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2455 0406
Map Sheet:TG20SW
Parish:CAISTOR ST EDMUND, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1977.
Large quantities of brick, tile and concrete. Probably hard core of anti aircraft gun 1939 tom 1945 that gave Gun Field its name.
A. Gregory (NAU), 1977.

March 2009. Norfolk NMP.
The central grid reference for this site has been altered from TG 2461 0409 to TG 2453 0409.
The parchmarks of former structures and tracks running in-between are visible on aerial photographs and are likely to represent the remains of the previously recorded World War Two anti-aircraft battery (S1)-(S2), which must have been removed by September 1945 (S1). The site is centred on TG 2453 0409. The areas of parching and disturbance in the field at TG 2446 0395, TG 2456 0409 and TG 2460 0417 indicate the former presence of structures, potentially gun emplacements, at these locations.
S. Horlock (NMP), 23 March 2009.

Monument Types

  • ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • STRUCTURE? (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Modern - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)
  • TILE (Modern - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Modern - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/776 6077 07-SEP-1945 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1429 3100-2 16-APR-1946 (NHER TG 2303E, TG 2404B).

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