Monument record TYY 024 - North of Searson's Farm (Mod)

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A Cold War [and 2nd WW] Heavy Anti-aircraft Artillery battery of national importance north of Searson's Farm, Trimley St Mary.


Grid reference Centred TM 2768 3602 (197m by 377m)
Map sheet TM23NE


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Full Description

World War II anti-aircraft battery [at TM 2765 3616], with associated buildings and roads (S1).
The battery shown on the photograph refenced above (S1) is in fact a Cold War Heavy Anti-aircraft Artillery battery on which construction began in 1946. This site has not been mapped as part of the NMP project (though it is on the HBSMR mapping) but it is still marked on the modern base map.
See TYY 024 MXS19857 for the World War II (?) battery and associated works/structures which were located to the south of this site (S2) (S3) (S4).
2001: constructed in 1946, the HAA retains distinct plan form of a HAA battery, with 4 gun pits placed at the 4 corners of a square. They are partly buried by rubble and farm rubbish but appear intact. There are other principal component structures of a HAA battery, including a reinforced concrete command bunker, test cubicle, radar tracker tower and combined standby generator house and gun store. Claimed [incorrectly] by English Heritage as a Scheduled Monument in (S5).
Cold War AA gun site probably of national importance.
Jan 2013: being assessed for Scheduling by English Heritage.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <M1> (No record type): AP: (S1).
  • <S1> Photograph: Essex County Council. Air Photograph. NMR TM 2736/1 (EXC 16929/11) 13-JUN-1996 (SMR 96/16/11).
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1635 3007-3009 09-JUL-1946.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1672 F21 0365-0366 03-MAR-1955.
  • <S4> Verbal communication: Newsome, S.. 2001 -. Suffolk Coastal NMP Project. Sarah Newsome 12/11/02.
  • <S5> Digital archive: English Heritage. 2001. Cold War Monuments: an assessment by the Monuments Protection Programme.

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Mar 16 2018 1:10PM

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