Record Details

NHER Number:51897
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two spigot mortar emplacement beside Woodside Road


A World War Two spigot mortar emplacement is visible to the south of the junction of Salhouse Road and Woodside Road, related to the defensive anti-tank ditch (NHER 51893) which is visible approximately 60m to the northwest.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2608 1098
Map Sheet:TG21SE

Full description

November 2008. Norfolk NMP.
A World War Two spigot mortar emplacement is visible at TG 2608 1098,
approximately 40m to the south of where the defensive anti-tank ditch that was excavated around the city of Norwich in the second half of 1940 (NHER 51893) crosses the junction of Salhouse Road and Woodside Road, in the form of anti-tank cubes and roadblocks.

The emplacement consists of a pit feature approximately 2.5m in diameter containing a concrete ‘thimble’, with upcast spoil beside, visible on aerial photographs (S1), and is similar to another spigot mortar emplacement which is located approximately 370m to the southeast beside the anti-tank ditch (NHER 51898). It forms part of a concentration of defensive features, which also includes a heavy machine gun emplacement/pillbox (NHER 51896). More recent aerial photographs (S3) illustrate that the pit has since been filled in.
E. Bales (NMP), 5 November 2008.

Monument Types

  • SPIGOT MORTAR 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>Monograph: Brown, I. & Lowry, B. (eds.). 1996. 20th century defences in Britain: an introductory guide..
<S3>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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