Record Details

NHER Number:34642
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two anti tank obstacles, Bone's Drove


Elements of a Second World War anti-tank obstruction are visible as structures on aerial photographs, and have been identified during field visits. Other Second World War anti-tank defences have been recorded in the vicinity (see NHER 32420, for example).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8777 4414
Map Sheet:TF84SE

Full description

18 August 1999.
Anti tank rails and blocks.
One of each on either side of the track immediately south of the railway line (disused).
Others nearby to the south (NHER 32420).
D. Gurney (NLA) 19 August 1999.

2000. Field Observation and Desk-based Assessment.
Site visited and considered as part of archaeological assessment of Holkham Estate.
Good condition, at side of track. Overgrown.
See report (S1) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 28 April 2015.

June 2020. National Mapping Programme (NMP) Data Clean-Up.
The site described above was mapped and recorded as part of the Norfolk Coastal NMP project, but the record was not added to the NHER. A line of three square (1.5-2m across) anti-tank cubes that were part of a Second World War tank trap were visible on aerial photographs (S2). A second parallel line of three cubes is visible to the immediate south (HER 32420). Both sites are positioned on top of a sea defence bank (HER 36836). The anti-tank cubes are presumed to be extant, but recent Google Earth imagery is not clear enough to support or refute this.
S. Tremlett (Norfolk County Council, Historic Environment Service), 1 June 2020.

Monument Types

  • ANTI TANK BLOCK (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • ANTI TANK VERTICAL RAIL (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

<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 2000. The Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Archaeological Survey (Final Report). Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 532.
<S2>Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1430 4092-4 16-APR-1946.

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