Monument record LCS 103 - Modern wind pump and World War II pillbox.

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A possible modern wind pump and probable World War II pillbox in Leiston parish


Grid reference Centred TM 47393 64495 (3m by 4m)
Map sheet TM46SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A possible modern wind pump and probable World War II pillbox in Leiston parish are visible as a structure on aerial photographs. A wind pump is marked on the second edition Ordnance Survey map of 1904 in this location (S1). In 1940 a structure is visible at circa TM47396449 on aerial photographs, which possibly appears to have vanes, suggesting a wind powered mechanism (S2). However, vegetation obscures this area somewhat until 1953, and although there is a suggestion of a rectangular structure in this location in photographs from 1943 and 1945, it is uncertain whether this is a deliberate disguise or simply a derelict structure (S3, S4). From 1953 onwards with the clearance of vegetation, a rectangular structure approximately 5 x 3m resembling a pillbox is visible (S5). It is probable that a pillbox was located here to supplement the other anti-invasion beach defences in this area during World War II, although whether it was initially disguised as a wind pump or replaced it some time between 1940 and 1943 is uncertain.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. 1884.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2/BR11/14 17-18 08-Jul-1940.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF AC/165 5077 04-Jan-1943.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK929 3203-4 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S5> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 540/1004 0024-5 03-Feb-1953.

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Record last edited

Oct 9 2014 9:14AM

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