Record Details

NHER Number:20241
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two runway

Summary

An emergency runway half a mile long, cut through heathland on Larling Heath, parallel to the A11. It was in use from 1943 to 1945, and is visible on immediate post-war aerial photographs. It is reported to be visible as a slight depression on the heath today.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 962 886
Map Sheet:TL98NE
Parish:ROUDHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Airstrip.
Emergency runway half a mile long on Larling Heath parallel to A11; in use 1943 to 1945.
Information from Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum.
See details in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 11 April 1984.

Visible on 1946 RAF air photograph reproduced as frontispiece to (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 7 April 1988.

September 2012. Norfolk NMP.
The site centre has been altered from TL 9625 8852 to TL 9630 8863 as a result of the NMP mapping.
The runway described above is visible as an overgrown concrete structure on aerial photographs (S2-S4). It is still visible as a soilmark as recently as 2005 (S5). Given its location, around 1km to the northwest of the former airfield and World War two depot at Roudham (NHER 12414), and around 2km to the west of Snetterton airfield, it was clearly in use during World War Two.
E. Bales (NMP), 13 September 2012.

Monument Types

  • RUNWAY (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.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Photograph: 1987. Norfolk from the Air.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 3G/TUD/UK/59 5088-9 05-FEB-1946 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 4366-7 09-JUL-1946 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1950. RAF 58/0475 122-3 05-MAY-1950 (NMR).
<S5>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Getmapping Aerial Photography. 2005. Getmapping plc XX-XXX-2005 (Google Earth TL 9630 8863).

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