Monument record LCS 094 - Extensive World War II site, consisting of 2 anti-aircraft batteries, buildings and practice trenches.

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An extensive World War II site comprising of 2 anti-aircraft batteries, associated buildings and numerous practice trenches, on Goose Hill and in Dunwich Forest


Grid reference Centred TM 46283 64982 (1166m by 858m)
Map sheet TM46SE


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

The remains of an extensive World War II site are visible as structure with associated earthworks close to Goose Hill and Dunwich Forest on 1945 aerial photographs (S1). The site is made up of 2 anti-aircraft batteries and their associated camps (at TM46296517 & TM46496497), which are joined together by a trackway. The trackway then heads off eastwards to an area where there are a number of practice trenches and possible bomb craters. This would appear to be some kind of military practice/training area. There are a great many practice trenches, but the ground is quite disturbed on the aerial photographs, so it is difficult to be sure of exactly how many such features there are. The trackway which joins all the components of the site is c 1.5km long. Some of the trenches are just about visible on earlier aerial photographs from 1940 (S2), but the run of photographs follows the coast, so the western extent of the site is unclear. The anti-aircraft batteries are likely to be part of the DIVER strip. These sites were constructed in this part of Britain during the latter stages of World War II. By October 1945, all that remains of the military camps are the concrete floors of the Nissen-type huts.
The disturbed area to the east is the location of two early World War II strongpoints visible on aerial photographs from 1940 (S2), which appear to be superseded by 1943 by a single larger strongpoint (S3). See LCS 102 For a more detailed description.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK929 3203-3205 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2/BR11/14 A18 8-Jul-1940.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF AC165/140 5077 04-JAN-1943.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jul 10 2015 4:38PM

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