Record Details

NHER Number:32443
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two pillbox and site of searchlight battery

Summary

The site of a World War Two searchlight battery and associated type 22 pillbox are visible on aerial photographs to the north of Hase’s Lane, Lyng. The pillbox still survives on the ground and is located to the immediate north of the road.

Images

  • World War Two pillbox, Lyng  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:TG 08867 17166
Map Sheet:TG01NE
Parish:LYNG, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1993. Field Observation.
Common type 22 pill box standing on a hill 120m north of the road, facing southwest. The pillbox dates to 1940.
Survey No. L2-1.
Information from [1]. See record form in file.
D. Walker (NLA), August 1996.

November 2002. Field Observation.
The pillbox is actually at the corrected grid reference and is on the road verge, not 120m north as stated. The description is otherwise accurate. The loopholes have been bricked up and it is in use as a farm store. The blast wall is intact. At the previous incorrect grid reference (TG 0881 1723) RAF air photography 1946 (S1) shows a circular feature in rough ground. This is now ploughed over and is a circular pit.
E. Rose (NLA), 29 November 2002.

November 2002.
1946 RAF air photography (S1) appears also to show a number of earthworks and buildings, giving the appearance of a more extensive military site than that described above. The circular pit described above, along with several mounds give the appearance of gun emplacements, or possibly a searchlight battery.
M. Horlock (NLA), 29 November 2002.

The central grid reference of the site has been altered from TG 08817 17244 to TG 0886 1716.

December 2007. Norfolk NMP.
The site of a World War Two searchlight battery and associated type 22 pillbox are visible on aerial photographs to the north of Hase’s Lane, Lyng (S1). The site is centred on TG 0886 1716. A large circular ditch surrounding a sub-circular mound located at TG 0886 1715, probably represent the remains of the searchlight emplacement. This is linked by a trench or track to a small embanked structure or emplacement to the northwest and this is likely to have housed the predictor. A circular embanked gun pit is located to the west of this. The type 22 pillbox is located on the roadside to the southwest of the site at TG 0881 1711 and this still survives. The rest of the site has been levelled.
S. Massey (NMP), 19 December 2007.

Monument Types

  • ANTI AIRCRAFT DEFENCE SITE (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • PILLBOX (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 3G/TUD/UK/51 5070-1 31-JAN-1946 (NHER TG 0817A, TG 0917A).

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