Monument record LCS 099 - World War II features, including bomb craters, pillboxes and barbed wire obstructions.

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World War II features, including bomb craters, pillboxes and barbed wire obstructions, at the east end of Minsmere New Cut


Grid reference Centred TM 47649 66031 (302m by 432m)
Map sheet TM46NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Various features of World War II date are visible to the eastern end of Minsmere New Cut on aerial photographs from 1940 (S1), 1943 (S2) & 1945 (S3). Traces of activity, in the form of vehicles tracks and general ground disturbance, can be seen in this area on aerial photograps from 1940. There are also some buildings visible, but at this date, they all appear to be civilian buildings. However, there is a small, possibly hexagonal, structure at TM47706624, which may be a pillbox. By 1943, a c300m length of barbed wire can be seen running between TM47676606 & TM47486584, and there may be a structure (possibly a pillbox) at TM47676610. By 1945, some of the structures in the area have been dismantled, but there appears to be another pillbox at TM47766610. The more northerly pillbox which could be seen on the 1940 photographs can still be seen on these later photographs. The other 'additions' are a number of bomb craters around TM47766619 & TM47766627. These features are all of World War II date, and there was clearly some kind of military activity in this area during that period, although the exact nature of this activity is not clear from just the aerial photographs.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2/BR11/14 FrmA20 8-Jul-1940.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. AC165 Frm5075 4-Jan-1943.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK929 Frms4208-4209 16-Oct-1945.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Aug 12 2013 2:53PM

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