Record Details

NHER Number:30588
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two trench, on Town Hill


Undergrowth clearance here revealed a semicircular trench on the hill. Documentary evidence suggests it was used by the Middlesex Regiment during World War Two. The trenches here are liekly to relate to the military earthworks recorded within this vicinity as NHER 38548.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1831 4209
Map Sheet:TG14SE

Full description

Exposed in clearance of undergrowth.
Entrenchment. Semi-circular facing south-east, about 4.5m (15ft) long and 2m deep, with step inside. There is stated to be documentary evidence for the Middlesex Regiment using this during World War Two (Congham Hill 0.25 miles to the east is stated to have been used for tank training). Other earthworks to the north surrounding crest of hill and resembling a small hillfort are in fact the remains of a green for a former golf course west of the road, now a housing estate. (Compare existing greens on present golf course to north). An overgrown pit to northwest was used for road gravel.
Press cutting (S1) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 28 April 1994.

See record form in file by source [1], who adds:
ST trenches - semi-circular entrenchments 15ft long, 2m deep.
Date - probably 1940.
Survey No. D3-9.
D. Walker (NLA) July 1996.

March 2004. Norfolk NMP.
These World War Two slit trenches referred to above are likely to relate to those military earthworks recorded within this vicinity as NHER 38548. The site consists of a large World War Two training area visible on aerial photographs, including many stretches of trench and clusters of weapons pits, for full details of this site please refer to this record.
S. Massey (NMP) 25 March 2004.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1994. War trenches are uncovered. 1 April.

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