Monument record LCS 103 - Modern wind pump and World War II pillbox.
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 47393 64495 (3m by 4m)|
|Civil Parish||LEISTON, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (2)
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.
- <S1> SXS50088 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. 1884.
- <S2> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2/BR11/14 17-18 08-Jul-1940.
- <S3> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF AC/165 5077 04-Jan-1943.
- <S4> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK929 3203-4 16-Oct-1945.
- <S5> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 540/1004 0024-5 03-Feb-1953.
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Record last edited
Oct 9 2014 9:14AM