Monument record COV 116 - World War II Coastal Artillery battery and associated buildings and structures.

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Summary

World War II Coastal Artillery battery and associated buildings and structures, under construction in 1940-1 and since largely eroded away.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 52775 81996 (463m by 506m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM58SW
Civil Parish COVEHITHE, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (11)

Full Description

A World War II Coastal Artillery Battery is visible being constructed east of Covehithe (at TM 529818) in 1940 (S1). At this stage, the battery consists of two gun emplacements, probable magazines or such like and possible light anti aircraft emplacements. At TM 52832820, are a number of possible tents which may relate to this site. By 1941, the battery is nearing completion, with not just the gun emplacements but also associated serachlights and a battery observation post constructed to the north and south, the battery itself having a small ditch and barbed wire fence around it on its landward sides. A hutted camp is also visible, at TM 528821, with further huts, a football pitch and a possible firing range visible at TM 525819 (S2-4). The battery may have been decommmissioned soon after as a new battery was established at Easton Woods, just to the south. The site has since been largely eroded away, only the site of the football pitch and most westerly hutted camp remaining, now under plough (S5).
Site of Coast Defence/Chain Home Extra Low Radar Station, with a single pillbox remaining at TM526816 on an aerial photograph from 1981 (S6).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2/BR11/14 Frames 47-48.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2BC/BR173 Cam. VA Frames 1-2.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2BC/BR173 Cam. VJ Frames 1-2.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2A/BR165 Frames 13-15.
  • <S5> Photograph: Environment Agency Aerial Photography. AF/98/194 Run 047 Frame 1529.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Anderton, M. J.. 2000. Twentieth Century Military Recording Project. World War Two radar stations.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Feb 5 2013 11:06AM

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