Record Details

NHER Number:24185
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two gun emplacement in southwest corner of The Quag

Summary

A rare World War Two Norcon emplacement is visible on aerial photographs.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 0932 4385
Map Sheet:TG04SE
Parish:KELLING, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Defensive structure?
Large concrete structure, at first appearing to be a very large sewer pipe section, but has odd little square doorways
or loopholess in sides. Could this be the base of some sort of gun turret like the iron ones eg. NHER 24186.
Seen several times 1984 to 1986.
E. Rose (NAU), 25 November 1987.

Grid reference corrected on ground 3 January 1988.
E. Rose (NAU).

In fact a rare NORCON FW 3/25 gun turret.
E. Rose (NAU), 23 May 1988.

1994.
Still there, but crumbling.
E. Rose (NLA).

February 1995.
Completely cleared of vegetation by persons unknown.
E. Rose (NLA) 3 February 1995.

August 1996.
Still there, having survived the floods in area.
E. Rose (NLA), 21 August 1996.

Very rare concrete Norcon emplacement. Date 1940.
See (S1).
D. Walker (NLA), July 1996.

October 2002. Norfolk NMP.
A World War Two Norcon emplacement is just visible through undergrowth on 1994 OS aerial photographs (S2). It is located at TG 0932 4385 and appears to be 4m in diameter, although the site is quite heavily obscured by vegetation.
S. Massey (NMP), 19 March 2003.

December 2004. Land-based fieldwork phase of the Norfolk Rapid Coastal Survey. NHER 41014, context 13.
A curving sea defence bank which was up to 2m tall on the south and east but only 0.5m tall on the west. About 8m wide, it was recorded between TG 09328 43870 and TG 09413 43732.
See (S3) for further details.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 6 December 2007.

Monument Types

  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: 25 June 1980. 1994. KHF 28-29.
---Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Pillboxes: a study of UK defences, 1940.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey record form.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1994. OS/94172 015-6 14-JUN-1994 (NAPL).
<S3>Unpublished document: Robertson, D., Crawley, P., Barker, A., and Whitmore, S.. 2005.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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