Monument record ADB 020 - World War Two strongpoint comprising communication trenches and pillboxes

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Summary

Earthwork remains of zig-zag WWII communication trenches, interlinking dug outs and 3 pill boxes on North Warren

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 455 591 (490m by 331m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM45NE
Civil Parish ALDEBURGH, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Series of 1st(?) World War training trenches, mainly serpentine, some zig-zag plus small irregular enclosures/redoubts? (S1).
Site visit with the RSPB confirmed the site as a WWII stronghold, comprising a network of communication trenches linking 3 (of which 2 survive) Suffolk square pillboxes and dug-outs (S2).
For similar trenches see Barking (BRK) 021 & Icklingham (IKL) 107 [& Mildenhall (MNL) 519 & Flixton (FLN) 061?].

March 2015. Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme.
A series of World War Two training trenches is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs (S3-S9) on land to the east of Leiston Road, Aldeburgh, some of which were extant as recently as 2010 (S9) and may still be extant, along with the two surviving pillboxes.
It is possible that some of these trenches may date to World War One, as stated above, although this could not be confirmed from the available aerial photographs.
E. Ford (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 5th March 2015.

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, AP ALO 008, November 1978.
  • <S2> Verbal communication: Poppy, S. 30/9/2011. Site visit with Dave Thurlow, RSPB Warden.
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. US/7PH/GP/LOC132 V 5049-5050 30-DEC-1943 (EHA Laser Copy).
  • <S4> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/106G/UK/929 RP 3255-3256 16-OCT-1945 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S5> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/540/1082 V 0003-0004 24-FEB-1953 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S6> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/58/1672 F22 0151-0152 03-MAR-1955 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S7> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/82/1214 F22 0446-0447 06-JUN-1955 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S8> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. OS/94004 V 101-102 04-MAR-1994 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S9> LIDAR Airborne Survey: LIDAR airborne survey. LIDAR TM4559 Environment Agency 2m DSM 30-NOV-2010.

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Record last edited

Jul 30 2015 12:59PM

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