Record Details

NHER Number:12842
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of World War Two pillbox


A World War Two pillbox was built at this site and survived until the late 1970s/early 1980s. It is visible on aerial photographs taken between 1944 and 1972 and was recorded in 1977. The pillbox was demolished during farm rebuilding works.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4686 2017
Map Sheet:TG42SE

Full description

September 1977. Visit.
Brick, with concrete lintels to slits. Rectangular. Good condition. Unusually situated between a farm and the road.
E. Rose (NAU), 22 September 1977.

Pillbox destroyed in rebuilding farm - informant [1].
E. Rose (NAU), 24 August 1982.

See record form (S1) in file by source [2], who adds 1940/41 type 24 pillbox. Now demolished.
D. Walker (NLA), July 1996.

January 2006. Norfolk NMP.
The World War Two Type 24 pillbox described above is visible as an extant building on aerial photographs taken from 1945 to 1972 (S2 to S5), centred at TG 4686 2017. The polygonal structure sat on a larger polygonal concrete platform which has also been mapped. On photographs taken in 1944 to 1945 (S2 to S3) it appears to have been camouflaged as an outbuilding.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 5 January 2006.

Monument Types

  • PILLBOX (TYPE FW3/24) (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • PILLBOX (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.
---Photograph: Miller. West Somerton pillbox.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Recording Form: [various]. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey Recording Form. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1944. RAF 106G/LA/17 4002 28-MAY-1944 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/832 3205-6 23-SEP-1945 (NHER TG 4620A & TG 4720A).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1968. MAL 68006 197-8 24-FEB-1968 (NMR).
<S5>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1972. OS/72018 147-8 15-MAR-1972.

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