Record Details

NHER Number:51967
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two spigot mortar emplacement

Summary

A World War Two spigot mortar emplacement is visible on aerial photographs approximately 80m to the northeast of the defensive anti-tank ditch (NHER 51893) beside the Norwich to Cromer railway line in Thorpe St Andrew.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2775 0905
Map Sheet:TG20NE
Parish:THORPE ST ANDREW, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

March 2009. Norfolk NMP.
A World War Two spigot mortar emplacement is visible at TG 2776 0906,
approximately 80m to the northeast of the defensive anti-tank ditch that was excavated around the city of Norwich in the second half of 1940 (NHER 51893).

The emplacement consists of a pit feature approximately 2.5m in diameter containing a concrete ‘thimble’, visible on aerial photographs (S1), and is similar to other spigot mortar emplacements related to the anti-tank ditch (NHER 51897-8). It formed part of a concentration of defensive features at the south-eastern end of the defensive anti-tank ditch, which included two rail blocks (NHER 51968-9). It occupied a strategic position on the Norwich side of the Norwich to Cromer railway line. More recent aerial photographs (S2) illustrate that the pit has since been filled in.
E. Bales NMP), 10 March 2009.

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. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/789 6242-3 10-SEP-1945 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1961. MAL 61500 7351-2 30-AUG-1961 (NMR).

Related records

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