Record Details

NHER Number:18476
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two pillbox


A World War Two, Type 24 pillbox has been identified as an extant structure surviving in the garden of 19 Marina Road, Mundesley. It has been visited on the ground and is also visible on aerial photographs. It is one of several pillboxes and other military installations to have been identified at Mundesley, which was heavily defended during the war.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3148 3651
Map Sheet:TG33NW

Full description

Pill box.
Polygonal, concrete.
In garden of new bungalow by millpond.
Indicated by council gardener.
Visited by E. Rose (NAU), 27 October 1982.

See record form in file by source [1], who adds:
Quite common 1940/41 type 24 pillbox facing east in garden of bungalow by Mill Pond.
Survey No. H1-8.
D.Walker (NLA) August 1996.

January 2005. Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the central grid reference of the site from TG 3148 3650 to TG 3149 3652.

The pillbox described above is visible as an extant structure on aerial photographs (S1-3). A small rectangular structure is visible at this location on aerial photographs taken in 1941 (S4); this may be the pillbox camouflaged to look like a non-military building such as a shed. A roughly square structure visible to its south on the same aerial photographs may be an associated military feature, such as an anti-tank cube, or merely a dump of concrete (the fact that it appears to have some height suggests the former interpretation is more likely). The pillbox originally stood in relatively open ground, adjacent to a path shown on historic Ordnance Survey maps (S5). It forms part of a network of anti-invasion defences which surrounded Mundesley during World War Two and lies less than 120m inland of a group of anti-tank obstacles and other defences ranged along Mundesley seafront (NHER 39182). The pillbox has been mapped as a polygonal structure; its north-western side may be slightly elongated, a form that is typical of Type 24 pillboxes.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 4 January 2005.

Monument Types

  • ANTI TANK BLOCK? (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/24) (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • PILLBOX (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • TANK TRAP? (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Yardley, C. J. 2011. The Mun Valley: Historic landscape Assessment and Landscape Character Assessment for Norfolk Coast Project. p 17.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1430 4494 16-APR-1946 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1952. RAF 540/690 5094-5 11-MAR-1952 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1968. OS/68083 106-7 25-APR-1968 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1941. RAF S/358 23-4 30-JUL-1941 (NMR).
<S5>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-7. Ordnance Survey second edition 25" (1902-7) Sheet XX. 7. 25" to 1'.

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