Record Details

NHER Number:39190
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of World War Two slit trench

Summary

A partially excavated World War Two slit trench is visible as a shallow earthwork or vegetation mark on aerial photographs taken in 1940. The fact that it was not completed suggests that like other slit trenches visible to the east (NHER 39191 and 39192), it was a practice trench, rather than part of the extensive strategic defence network that has been identified in the surrounding area.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 3060 3719
Map Sheet:TG33NW
Parish:MUNDESLEY, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

January 2005. Norfolk NMP.
A World War Two slit trench is visible as a low earthwork or vegetation mark on aerial photographs taken in 1940 (S1), centred at TG 3060 3719. It does not appear to have been fully excavated, and may only have been deturfed. Although it is surrounded by strategic coastal defences, e.g. NHER 39197 to the north-east, the fact that it was only partially excavated suggests that it was excavated as a training exercise. Two other slit trenches of very similar form, which are visible to the south-east (NHER 39191 and 39192), are also likely to be practice trenches. The trench has the zigzag outline typical of World War Two slit trenches. It is still visible on aerial photographs taken in 1943 (S2) but had virtually disappeared by 1946 (S3).
(S1-3)
S. Tremlett (NMP), 10 January 2005.

Monument Types

  • PRACTICE TRENCH (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • SLIT TRENCH (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1940. RAF 2/BR186 7-8 05-SEP-1940 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1943. RAF AC/161 5117-8 04-JAN-1943 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1606 6130-1 27-JUN-1946 (Norfolk SMR TG 3136A & 3036B).

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