Monument record ARG 037 - A World War II slit trench or air raid shelter, next to St. Mary's Church.

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A slit trench or air raid shelter of World War II date, next to St Mary's Church, Thorpeness


Grid reference Centred TM 47330 59800 (12m by 11m)
Map sheet TM45NE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A slit trench of World War II date is visible on aerial photographs, centred on TM47325980. The trench is circa 20m long and is zigzag in shape, running from TM47325980 to TM47335970. It is located next to St Mary's Church, Thorpeness, and may be situated here to provide a field of fire over the main road junction in Thorpeness, or in the case of use as an air raid shelter, a central location. The trench is visible on aerial photographs of 1941 and 1942. Unfortunately later photographs from the war are not clear enough to tell if this feature is still in use (S1-3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2A/BR167 12-13 17-Dec-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF AC/59 111-112 19-Jun-1942.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/929 3254 16-OCT 1945.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 7 2013 1:20PM

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