Record Details

NHER Number:18077
Type of record:Building
Name:World War Two defences


There is a small square building, an observation or command post (World War Two) located at NGR TF 7408 4506, to the west of a bombing range marker (NHER 26709).


  • A World War Two military building in Thornham  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TF 7408 4506
Map Sheet:TF74NW

Full description

Command or observer post. World War Two.
Two storeys, rectangular, brick (stamped 'Central, Whittlesea', in remarkably good Flemish bond). One room on each floor with external staircase and roofless annexe. Upper windows have been narrowed. Stands behind dunes and looks over to sea.
Photograph in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 22 April 1982.

January 2002. Norfolk NMP. (NGR corrected from original TF 7407 4512).
There is a small square building, an observation or command post (World War II) located at NGR TF7408 4506 to the west of a bombing range marker (NHER 26709). This was previously mapped by Suffolk CC, and the aerial photographs used are unknown. However, this building is visible on a range of RAF aerial photographs throughout the 1950s(S1-4). It seems likely that the image used would have been from about 21 March 1952, as this is the date of the photograph used to map the nearby bombing range marker.
H. Clare (NMP), 1 May 2002.

May-November 2004. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Survey. Context 1048.
A two storey red brick military observation tower, surrounded by a scatter of building material and modern rubbish, was recorded. It was located between TF 74065 45067 and TF 74087 45065 and situated on the southern side of an area of dunes and the north of the saltmarshes. It probably dates from the World War Two.
See (S5).
J. Allen (NLA), 14 April 2005.

Monument Types

  • COMMAND POST (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • OBSERVATION POST (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: Rose, E. (NAU). 1982. BZK 7.
<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1952. RAF 58/877 (F20) 4027-4026 21-MAY-1952 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1955. RAF 82/1277 (F21) 0136-0138 23-AUG-1955 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1952. RAF 540/705 (F10) 5057 09-APR-1952 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1952. RAF 58/844 5243-5245 21-MAR-1952 (NMR).
<S5>Unpublished Document: Robertson, D., Crawley, P., Barker, A., and Whitmore, S.. 2005. NAU Report No. 1045. Norfolk Rapid Coastal Zone Archaeological Survey. Assessment Report and Updated Project Design..

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