Monument record FEX 135 - World War II coastal defences.

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World War II coastal defences, Felixstowe


Grid reference Centred TM 32152 35926 (329m by 423m)
Map sheet TM33NW


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

A number of World War II coastal defence features can be seen along the coast north of Felixstowe from TM320357 to TM322361. These included a hexagonal pillbox (TM321359), constructed some time before July 1940, enclosed to the north by a stretch of defensive scaffolding. The pillbox was possibly located strategically as this low point on the cliff provides easy access from the beach. Another structure (TM322360), possibly another pillbox, can be seen in July 1940 and may be covered with earth in later photographs from 1944. Some time after July 1940 another military feature was constructed at TM320358. This feature consists of two narrow trenches at either side of a small, roughly circular mound, which could be some type of buried military structure. All the features mentioned above are linked by stretches of barbed wire obstruction. To the north, a possible storage area defined by barbed wire is visible, centred on TM 32043595. (S1) (S2) (S3)
By October 1945 the hexagaonal pillbox and the barbed wire have been removed, although the earthworks of the possible buried structures remain. (S4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2/BR11/10 B5 22-JUL-1940.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF HLA/698 4082 08-APR-1944.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/LA/38 3061 10-SEP-1944.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/929 4391 16-OCT-1945.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jul 19 2013 11:51AM

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