Monument record WLB 030 - World War Two anti-glider ditches

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World War Two anti-glider ditches are visible as earthworks on East Hill south of Lodge Road, Walberswick.


Grid reference Centred TM 47992 73899 (308m by 490m)
Map sheet TM47SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Anti-aircraft obstructions in a field to the south of Lodge Road, Walberswick (S1). There is a central ditch running N-S for c 500m, with shorter ditches coming off the main ditch at right angles. The features show as ditches with small, circular piles of spoil adjacent to them. This set of ditches is still clearly visible on an aerial photograph from 1953 (S2).

January 2015. Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Mapping Programme.
The anti-glider ditches described above are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs (S3), along with many practice trenches within the same field, and possible bomb craters to the east, which have not been mapped as they are outside the scope of the current project. The anti-glider ditches are still discernible on recent Lidar imagery (S4). The anti-glider ditches have also been previously recorded as SHER WLB 022.
E. Ford (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 22nd January 2015.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK929 Frms4124-4125 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 58/RAF/1256 F21 Frm0006 3-Sep-1953.
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/106G/UK/929 RS 4124-4125 16-OCT-1945 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S4> LIDAR Airborne Survey: LIDAR airborne survey. LIDAR TM4773 Environment Agency 30-NOV-2010 (2m DTM Digital).

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Feb 26 2015 2:10PM

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