Record Details

NHER Number:12654
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two pillbox


A rare type of a concrete World War Two pillbox to the south of the former railway. The pillbox is associated with another pillbox, NHER 32418, on the other side of the railway. Aerial photographs taken in 1945 show the two pillboxes within a barbed wire enclosure, NHER 27855.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8929 4421
Map Sheet:TF84SE

Full description

Pill box.
Concrete, unusual double rectangular shape.
Seen by E. Rose (NAU) 27 July 1977.

See (S1).

See (S2) in file by source [1], who adds:
Quite rare, type 20/2 pillbox, date 1940.
Lies to north of railway line.
Survey No. C3-5.
D. Walker (NLA), July 1996.

1945. RAF air photography.
Shows pillbox, paired with NHER 32418 and both within a barbed wire enclosure.
See NMP plot in file NHER 32418.
A. Miller (Suffolk CC NMP).
D. Gurney (NLA), 13 February 2002.

2000. Field Observation and Desk-based Assessment.
Site visited and considered as part of archaeological assessment of Holkham Estate.
Good condition. Stands in grazed field. Slight danger of erosion from cattle poaching.
See report (S3) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 28 April 2015.

March 2002. Norfolk NMP.
Unlike pillbox NHER 32418, to the immediate west, this structure lies to the south of the former railway line. The barbed wire defences associated with this pillbox are now recorded as NHER 27855.
M. Brennand (NMP), 31 March 2002.

Monument Types

  • PILLBOX (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Map: NMP Plot.
---Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/374 Frames 4063-4 (NMR).
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Wills, H.. 1985. Pillboxes. p.23. p 23.
<S2>Recording Form: [various]. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey Recording Form. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 2000. The Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Archaeological Survey (Final Report). Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 532.

Related records

27855Related to: World War Two barbed wire obstruction (Monument)
32418Related to: World War Two pillbox (Monument)

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