Record Details

NHER Number:51896
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of World War Two pillbox and gun emplacement at junction of Salhouse Road and Woodside Road


A rectangular World War Two pillbox/ heavy machine gun emplacement is visible as an extant structure on aerial photographs, at the junction of Salhouse Road and Woodside Road. It is one of several defensive structures identified in the area and forms part of the defences behind the anti-tank ditch (NHER 51893) around the city of Norwich.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2608 1104
Map Sheet:TG21SE

Full description

November 2008. Norfolk NMP.
A World War Two heavy machine gun emplacement/pillbox is visible as an extant structure on aerial photographs (S1)-(S2), at TG 2609 1104. The rectangular building is described in (S3) as a Type 20 variant, and in the Defence of Britain database (S4) and publication (S5) as a Vickers Machine Gun Emplacement. It measures approximately 3.5 by 4.4m, and has a blast wall or traverse protecting the entrance on its southwest side. The structure is part of World War Two defences identified in the immediate area, including two road blocks and a line of anti-tank cubes between two stretches of the defensive anti-tank ditch (NHER 51893) strategically placed to protect the road junction of Salhouse Road with Woodside Road. Approximately 55m to the south, on Woodside Road, a spigot mortar emplacement was also visible (NHER 51897). More recent aerial photographs (S6) illustrate that the pillbox has since been destroyed.
E. Bales (NMP), 5 November 2008.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1254 6013-4 20-MAR-1946 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1947. RAF CPE/UK/2019 5108-9 18-APR-1947 (NMR).
<S3>Unpublished Document: Kent, P.. 1994. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey record form.
<S4>Website: Council for British Archaeology. 2002. Defence of Britain database.
<S5>Monograph: Brown, I. & Lowry, B. (eds.). 1996. 20th century defences in Britain: an introductory guide..
<S6>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS. 1988. BKS 9856 06-AUG-1988 (NCC 1434).

Related records

51893Related to: Site of World War Two defensive anti tank ditch around city of Norwich (Monument)
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