Monument record SLY 072 - World War II barbed wire obstruction, Shotley parish.

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World War II barbed wire obstruction, Shotley parish.


Grid reference Centred TM 24610 34468 (536m by 221m)
Map sheet TM23SW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A World War II barbed wire obstruction is visible as a structure on aerial photographs from 1944, extending in a zigzag pattern from TM24603445 to TM25133435. In total the obstruction is circa 800m in length, composed of 4 shorter lengths separated by gaps which appear to have acted as gates or entrances. It appears that this obstruction was intended to act as a second line of defence and to augment the longer obstruction described in record 19595. This obstruction is in turn augmented by the emplacement described in record 19602. The barbed wire, and the gaps within it, are part of a larger network of defence in this area, designed to restrict and direct the movements of anyone in the area of Shotley naval base, which covered much of Shotley peninsular at this time. (S1-S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106GLA/23 4021/4022 06-JULY-1944.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/115 5171-2 30-AUG-1948.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 21 2004 4:56PM

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