Record Details

NHER Number:16794
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War One pillbox


A rare World War One pillbox has been identified on aerial photographs from the 1960s and ground survey in 1980. It is believed to date to around 1916 to 1918, and is one of two such structures (the other being NHER 28842) identified in the immediate area.


  • WW1 round pillbox, Thorpe Market  © R. Yeomans
  • WW1 round pillbox entrance and doors, Thorpe Market  © R. Yeomans
  • WW1 round pillbox, Thorpe Market  © R. Yeomans


Grid Reference:TG 2410 3535
Map Sheet:TG23NW

Full description

Near Thorpe Lodge.
Pill box. Ivy covered. Inf Pillbox Survey.
E. Rose (NAU), 25 November 1980.

Confirmed; circular, concrete.
E. Rose (NAU), 17 February 1983.

(S1) states that this structure dates from World War One.

See record form in file by source [1], who adds:
Rare World War One pillbox (WIA). Date around 1916/18. Set low in bank close to road.
Survey No. G2-1.
D. Walker (NLA) July 1996.

March 2004. Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the centre grid reference for the site from TG 2409 3439 to TG 2410 3535.

The circular pillbox described above and believed to date to World War One is visible on aerial photographs (S2-3). It lies 45m to the south-west of a second pillbox which is likely to have been contemporary (NHER 28842). Both structures may have been sited to guard the road junction between them.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 2 March 2004.

April 2004.
Still extant.
E. Rose (NLA), 20 April 2004.

Monument Types

  • PILLBOX (World War One - 1914 AD to 1918 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Photograph: Kent, P.. 1994. KHD 12-15.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: Bird, C.. 1991. The Fixed Defences of North and East Norfolk in the Two World Wars.. NIAS Journal. Vol 5 No1, pp 3-34. pp 3-34.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1968. OS/68083 054-5 25-APR-1968 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1965. MAL 65032 124-5 26-APR-1965.

Related records - none

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